MotoGP 2017 preview: Repsol Honda

7-time constructors’ champions. The home of 13 world champions. We don’t even have to go too far into this to tell you that a Honda, more than likely the one underneath Marc Marquez, will be involved at the business end of the season.

It’s the chief Honda team, one of them will be in the top three – barring injury or something going catastrophically wrong with the machine.

Let’s take a look.

The bike

bikes

No real changes to the livery, as Repsol dominates.

Name Honda RC213V
Engine 1000CC liquid-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC 4 valve, V-4
Power >240BHP
Chassis Aluminium twin-tube
Transmission 6-speed
Brakes Brembo carbon fibre front, Yutaka rear/wet front steel

Its going to be quick, and its going to be good.

The riders

Out None
In None

dani

26 – Dani Pedrosa
Age 31 Born Sabadell, Spain
Honours 3x world champion over 2 classes
2016 6th, 155pts, Repsol Honda
Race Record
Class Races Wins Podiums Points Best
125CC 46 8 17 566 1st, 2003
250CC 32 15 24 626 1st, x2
MotoGP 181 29 103 2643 2nd, x3

There was talk during last season that Dani would be departing to head up the new KTM project, but in the end he signed on to continue with the team he’s been with since jumping to MotoGP, and the engine supplier he has ridden with his entire professional career.

In most other eras, Dani would have been a multiple time world champion. Alas, he has had to contend against Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and his current team mate. He’s probably the fourth best rider in the field, and that will likely be reflected in the standings come the end of the year. Speaking of his team mate…

marc

93 – Marc Marquez
Age 23 Born Cervera, Spain
Honours 5x world champion over 3 classes
2016 1st, 298pts, Repsol Honda
Race Record
Class Races Wins Podiums Points Best
125CC 46 10 14 467 1st, 2010
Moto2 32 16 25 579 1st, 2012
MotoGP 72 29 51 1236 1st, x3

I’m not going to bother introducing him. If you have made it onto here without knowing who Marc Marquez is, hello newbie and welcome to the wonderful sport of Grand Prix motorcycle racing.

The only reason Marquez won’t be involved in the title race this year is if the bike underneath him fails. It won’t be for a lack of effort – his role of spoiler in the Great Yamaha Civil War of 2015 will never be forgotten – but he’ll probably outride the bike, irrespective of if it’s the best machine out there or not.

The team battle

It feels a shame to call a three time junior class champion the absolute number two in a team, but then we’re dealing with Marc Marquez. He’ll win the in-fight, and could easily walk away with his sixth world title.

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