As the most successful manufacturer, Honda has a long history in world championships and has achieved a lot in various racing events.
Most reminiscent of this moment is their triumph over the years in MotoGP, where Marc Marquez dominated the race in the class premier.
However, in the last two years, the trend of Honda’s performance in MotoGP is not very good, even tends to decline.
Honda’s declining performance in MotoGP, in contrast to their performance which continues to show progress in Formula 1 (F1).
Even though it doesn’t come down as a complete team like in MotoGP, Honda is developing power unit for the Red Bull Racing team very well.
The Japanese manufacturer also managed to bring Red Bull’s driver, Max Verstappen, the 2021 F1 world champion after a tight battle against Mercedes throughout this season.
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
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In fact, Honda has become a very underrated machine after having a bad season with McLaren in the period 2015 to 2017.
Meanwhile, Honda’s performance in MotoGP is relatively stable, although in the 2004-2012 period, their performance had fluctuating.
Even so, the Honda riders can still fight for the world title, even fighting tight until the end of the season.
However, since Marquez was absent due to a fractured right upper arm, Honda seemed to have lost its way and the bike was unable to compete with other manufacturers.
New concerns also arise when there is no clarity regarding the condition of Marquez who has a problem in one of his eyes.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team’s crashed Honda
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Anticipating the absence of Marc Marquez since the start of the season like last year, Honda decided to change most of the form of the RC213V.
In fact, there are rumors that Honda is interested in signing Fabio Quartararo, the 2021 MotoGP world champion with Yamaha, in 2023.
However, the news is still uncertain because neither party has confirmed the truth.
However, Honda must move quickly to bring their position back to the top row in MotoGP. This is to make them strong again in motorsport, as a successful manufacturer in two different world championships, F1 and MotoGP.
Despite exiting Formula 1 at the end of this year, Honda continues to supply Red Bull Racing who want to build their own engine for use in the 2022 season.
For HRC management, everyone is under surveillance. So, taking inspiration from F1 might not be a bad idea.