Repsol Honda

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Repsol Honda Team
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2015 name Repsol Honda Team
Base Belgium Aalst, Belgium
Principal Shuhei Nakamoto
Rider(s) 26. Spain Dani Pedrosa
93. Spain Marc Márquez
Motorcycle Honda RC213V
Tyres Michelin
Riders' Championships 11
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 Mick Doohan
1999 Àlex Crivillé
2002, 2003 Valentino Rossi
2006 Nicky Hayden
2011 Casey Stoner
2013, 2014 Marc Márquez

Repsol Honda is the official factory team of Repsol S.A. and the Honda Racing Corporation in the MotoGP World Championship.

History[edit]

1990s[edit]

In 1995 the team entered a 3 rider lineup with Mick Doohan, Àlex Crivillé and Shinichi Ito riding the Honda NSR500. Doohan won the World Championship for the second time in a row in Argentina, with one race left for the end of the season with seven race wins, Crivillé finished the season fourth with one race win while Ito finished fifth overall. The team expanded to four riders in 1996; Doohan and Crivillé rode the NSR500 while Tadayuki Okada and Ito rode the Honda NSR500V. Doohan won his third World Championship with eight race wins and Crivillé finished runner-up with two wins. Okada finished seventh and Ito twelfth.

The four rider line-up continued in 1997 with Doohan, Crivillé and Okada on the NSR500 and Takuma Aoki on the NSR500V. Repsol Honda won all 15 races of the season with Doohan winning twelve races, and breaking Giacomo Agostini's record for victories in one season, on his way to his fourth World Championship. Okada finished runner-up with a race win, Crivillé finished fourth with two wins but had to miss five races after a serious crash atAssen while Aoki finished fifth overall. Repsol Honda riders took all of the podium positions at four events, in Japan, Spain, Germany and Indonesia.

For 1998, Doohan, Crivillé and Okada continued with the team riding the NSR500 and Sete Gibernau joined them riding the NSR500V. Doohan continued to dominate the championship with eight wins and was crowned World Champion for the fifth time in Australia, in front of his home fans and with one race left in the season. Crivillé finished third overall with two wins, while Okada had to miss three races after breaking his wrist during practice of the Italian Grand Prix and finished eighth overall. Gibernau finished eleventh.

The team line-up remained the same for 1999, with Doohan, Crivillé, Okada and Gibernau all returning. During qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, Doohan had a serious crash and ultimately caused his retirement from the sport. Crivillé went on to win six races and clinch the World Championship in Rio de Janeiro with one race left in the season. Okada finished third overall with three race wins. Gibernau – who started the season on the NSR500V before replacing Doohan on the NSR500 – finished fifth overall. The team managed an all Repsol Honda riders podium at Catalunya with Crivillé first, Okada second and Gibernau third.

2000s[edit]

Crivillé, Okada and Gibernau remained with the team for 2000 all on NSR500 motorcycles. 2000 was a difficult year for the Repsol Honda Team, as Crivillé only got one win and finished ninth overall, Okada finished eleventh and Gibernau fifteenth. In 2001, Crivillé was joined by Tohru Ukawa. The season was not much better than 2000 as Crivillé could only manage two podiums and finished the season eighth, while Ukawa finished tenth with a single podium finish.

Valentino Rossi won two MotoGP world titles with the team, in 2002 and 2003.

In 2002, the debut year of the new MotoGP class, Valentino Rossi joined the team alongside Ukawa riding the new Honda RC211V, the only two riders to use the new motorcycle until near the end of the season when Alex Barros and Daijiro Kato were also given the RC211V. Rossi dominated the season and with eleven race wins become World Champion with four races left for the end of the season. Ukawa with one victory and eight podium finishes, finished third overall. 2002 AMA Superbike Champion Nicky Hayden joined Rossi in 2003. Rossi with nine wins and finishing on the podium at all the races, became World Champion for the third time in a row with two races left in the season. Hayden finished fifth overall with two podium finishes.

Following Rossi's departure, Grand Prix veteran Alex Barros joined Hayden in 2004. Barros finished the season fourth and Hayden fifth. Both riders got podium finishes but no race wins. For 2005 Max Biaggi joined Hayden in the team's line-up. Hayden got his first MotoGP win in his home race, the United States Grand Prix, he finished third overall. Biaggi was fifth with four podiums.

For 2006, Hayden was joined by 250cc World Champion Dani Pedrosa. Hayden led the championship for most of the season but at the Portuguese Grand Prix, Pedrosa recklessly crashed into him. Both riders were out of the race and Rossi took the championship lead with one race left to go. In the last race of the season, Rossi fell off his motorcycle on lap 5 trying to make up for a poor start. Hayden had a conservative race finishing a safe 3rd and thus became World Champion. He got two race wins and eight other podium finishes. Pedrosa finished fifth with two race wins and five other podium finishes.

The same line-up remained for 2007. The team used the new 800cc Honda RC212V. The new motorcycle did not have the expected success right away but later in the season the motorycle was improved. Pedrosa got two race wins and finished the season runner up, while Hayden could only manage podium finishes and finished the season eighth overall. For 2008, Pedrosa and Hayden made up the rider line-up, with Mike Leitner and Pete Benson as Pedrosa and Hayden's chief mechanics, respectively, and Kazuhiko Yamano as team manager. During the season Pedrosa switched to Bridgestone tyres and a wall was placed between the garages of Pedrosa and Hayden to prevent observation of tyre data. A wall between the same team's garages was first instituted by Rossi at the beginning of the season between himself and his teammate on Michelins, Jorge Lorenzo.[1]

For 2009, Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso were the team riders.

2010s[edit]

For 2010, the HRC Team Director was Kazuhiko Yamano, overseeing all operations including the factory teams and satellite teams. Toshiyuki Yamaji replaced Yamano as Team Manager and directed the entire Repsol Honda team. Alberto Puig was the Pedrosa Team Manager and Gianni Berti was the Dovizioso Team Manager. Shinichi Kokubu was the Grand Prix Technical Director, overseeing the six RC212V machines in MotoGP.[2]

Casey Stoner racing for Repsol Honda at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.

For 2011, Shuhei Nakamoto was HRC Vice President and directed all Honda MotoGP teams. Shinichi Kokubu was Technical Director, and Livio Suppo was HRC Communication and Marketing Director. Pedrosa, Dovizioso and Casey Stoner were the team riders.[3] The team also had sponsorship from PT Astra Honda Motor, through their One Heart. and Satu Hati. brands. For 2012, Pedrosa and Stoner were the team riders. For 2013, Pedrosa continued to ride for the team while Marc Márquez was his team-mate, with Suppo as the Team Principal. The team lost their One Heart. and Satu Hati. sponsorship.

In 2014, Márquez became the youngest rider to win ten successive races in MotoGP. The team's One Heart. and Satu Hati. sponsorship returned. For 2015, Pedrosa and Márquez remained with the team. Red Bull, a long term sponsor that was seen on the riders' helmets, became a main sponsor for the team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brivio: Fiat Yamaha wall stays, but the competitiveness is normal". MotoGP.com. 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Honda 2010 Motorsports Overview". Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Repsol Honda Team". Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 

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