Repsol Honda teammates get 2015 season underway ahead of Sepang test
Today on the tropical Island of Bali, Repsol Honda’s World Champion Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa revealed their new look 2015 machines. Both riders were very happy to get their schedules underway this week ahead of the first test of the year in Sepang.
I’m excited to be with my crew again and see how the new bike is working after the Valencia test
For 2015, the iconic bike now features an exciting new graphic by ways of the new, increased team partnership with Austrian-based energy drink manufacturer, Red Bull. After a well deserved winter break, both riders looked refreshed and eager to get the season started.
Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice-President was present in Bali, together with Team Principal Livio Suppo to introduce the riders ahead of the first test in Sepang scheduled to begin in just three days, on 4th February in Sepang, Malaysia.
Teammates eager to get back on their machines after winter break
Marquez can’t wait to get back on his bike and ready to defend championship title. Speaking afterwards he said, “It’s been a long and busy winter break and now I’m really looking forward to starting the season! It’s great to be able to present our new bikes in Indonesia, together with our partner Astra Honda, it’s such a beautiful backdrop! It’s my first time here in Bali and it’s wonderful to see all the fans here and feel their enthusiasm for MotoGP. Tomorrow we leave for Malaysia, I’ve trained a lot during last month to prepare myself for these first two tests in Sepang and I’m excited to be with my crew again and see how the new bike is working after the Valencia test!”
Pedrosa echoed his teammates comments saying, “It’s been really nice, and something different to have our team presentation here in Bali, so thanks to Astra Honda! It never stops to amaze me how passionate the fans are for our sport in this part of the world. I’ve had a good winter, with a mix of relaxation and training and now I’m ready and highly motivated to get back on the bike in Sepang in a few days!”
HRC Vice President Mr Nakamoto is looking forward to getting back to trackside following the winter preparations. He said, “We are very grateful to Astra Honda for hosting our 2015 Team Presentation here on the beautiful Island of Bali and thank you to Repsol, Red Bull and all our partners and sponsors for their ongoing support in 2015 and beyond. It’s good to see Marc and Dani in a positive mood and relaxed after the Winter break and ready to get back on the bike next week in Sepang. We hope it will be a very productive test so we can start the season in Sepang in the best way possible”.
Team Principal Livio Suppo was very upbeat about the upcoming season and said, “We can’t wait to start the season! After a very successful 2014, we are very motivated to begin the Championship and even if we know if won’t be easy to win more… we will do our best to do it! It is great to be here in Bali, as Indonesia is a country where MotoGP has a huge number of fans but unfortunately we don’t race here. We are glad to introduce our Repsol Honda Team here, hoping to come for a GP in the future!"