MotoGP: Joan Mir Likely to Stay with Honda on Two-Year Contract Extension

Though Joan Mir took over the lead rider spot at Honda this season following Marc Marquez's departure, his results haven't reflected his talent. Stuck on an underperforming Honda RC213V, Mir currently sits in a lowly 18th place in the championship.

By Divyam Dubey | on June 20, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

Repsol Honda has reportedly made a surprising decision by extending Joan Mir's contract through the 2026 season. This move ensures Mir's place within the factory team despite Honda's current struggles. The Japanese manufacturer is currently at the bottom of the championship standings, as their bike is far from being a title contender. Despite Honda's challenges, Mir has chosen to stay with the company. Although the 26-year-old has yet to secure a podium finish on the underperforming RC213V, Honda values his significant contributions to the bike's development. Despite his 18th place standing in the championship, Mir is considered Honda's most formidable rider. His performance, superior to that of his teammates, underscores his importance to the team during this challenging period. Honda appears to be prioritizing Mir's skills and developmental contributions over immediate results, hoping this strategy will help them overcome their current difficulties.

If Joan Mir finalizes the reported contract extension, Honda's rider lineup for the 2025 season seems mostly set for the Repsol Honda Team. Mir would continue alongside Luca Marini, who joined the team in 2024 to replace Marc Marquez. Marini's contract runs through the 2025 season, offering stability to the team. However, there's still uncertainty at Honda's satellite team, LCR. While Johann Zarco has a contract for 2025, Takaaki Nakagami's deal ends after the 2024 season. Honda will decide Nakagami's future based on his performance and potential alternatives in the rider market.

MotoGP Honda Joan Mir

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Jack Miller was thought to be a potential replacement for Joan Mir at Honda, but now that Mir is staying, Miller's future in MotoGP is unclear. All the rider spots on the KTM team are full, leaving Miller with limited options.

MotoGP: Repsol and Honda

Repsol is reportedly pulling the plug on its sponsorship of Honda after an incredible 30-year run. Since 1995, Repsol's signature branding has adorned Honda's factory bikes, creating a partnership synonymous with championship.

Rumours of this impending split began swirling at the start of the 2024 season, likely fueled by the departure of star rider Marc Marquez in the previous year.  Marquez's exit was a major blow to Honda, and Repsol reportedly exercised a clause in their contract to reduce their financial commitment. This shift was reflected on the team's bikes, where Honda's colours became more prominent, overshadowing Repsol's usual dominance.

MotoGP Honda Luka Marini

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The new livery became a symbol foreshadowing the partnership's end, marking a significant turning point in MotoGP history. With Repsol's likely departure, a major chapter will close for Honda, leaving the racing world to wonder what the future holds for both teams.


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