Honda has become the latest MotoGP marque to unveil the paint scheme for its 2023 challenger, the Japanese manufacturer showing off an expectedly unchanged livery adorned with title sponsor Repsol.
Honda has worked with the Spanish lubricants company since 1995, with the two parties also recently confirming an extension of the partnership until at least the end of 2024.
The deal has seen Honda run its premier class prototypes predominantly in Repsol’s orange, white and red house colours as well as with a splash of blue towards the bottom of the RC213-V in reference to co-sponsor Red Bull energy drinks – with this arrangement continuing this season.
Six-time premier class world champion and new signing Joan Mir – who secured the 2020 crown with Suzuki – were on hand to unmask the 2023 machine’s livery at Repsol’s headquarters in Madrid, Spain.
The only clearly visible difference to the ’23 scheme is towards the rear of the bike behind the seat, with a splash of blue accompanying a Honda Racing decal.
“We arrive at the 2023 season after some challenging years, but we have not lost our spirit or our drive,” said HRC technical director Tetsuhiro Kuwata.
“Honda has won 25 Premier Class World Championships, including 24 Constructors Championships and we know what we are capable of as a company and as a constructor.
“Competition in MotoGP is tighter than ever, but we are continuing to work to our maximum in order to give our riders what they need.
“We have two great riders to lead us this year, Marc Marquez’s history and accomplishments with us need no explanation.
“He has brought us some of the brightest points in our history and we are delighted that he is back to full fitness.
“On the other side of the garage is Joan Mir who has already twice been a World Champion at 25 years of age and has a proven track record of adapting quickly to new situations.
“I hope to see them both achieving the success we at Honda HRC know they are capable of this year.”
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