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Honda “will always be” Marquez’s first choice

Four-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is likely to remain loyal to current employer Honda rather than gamble on a switch to a rival manufacturer, his manager Emilio Alzamora has said.

Marquez secured his fourth premier class title in the space of five years this season, and has only competed for the works Repsol Honda team since his MotoGP debut in 2013.

However, the Spaniard’s close links to Red Bull have prompted speculation that he could make the switch to KTM at some point in the future, as the energy drinks giant is the Austrian firm’s title sponsor.

Marquez, along with the vast majority of the MotoGP grid, is out of contract at the end of 2018, but Alzamora believes Marquez remains keen to stay at Honda for the foreseeable future.

“Marc never forgets that Honda was the manufacturer that gave him the opportunity to make his debut, to win races and MotoGP titles,” Alzamora told Spanish newspaper El Periodico.

“Honda will always be Marc’s first choice.”

For its part, Honda is keen not to repeat the mistake it made with Valentino Rossi in the early 2000s, when it underestimated the Italian’s role in its success and eventually lost him to arch-rival Yamaha.

 

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