Honda launches its 2016 MotoGP challenger

The Repsol-backed Honda factory MotoGP squad has officially unveiled its colours for the 2016 season.

Honda's duo – two-time world champion Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa – will pilot the all-new RC213V bike, which has been presented on-stage at Indonesia's Sentul Circuit.

The previous iterations of the RC213V, which was introduced back in 2012, gave Honda three consecutive constructors' titles. However, the marque's streak ended last year when Jorge Lorenzo won the championship for Yamaha.

Upon the launch, Pedrosa admitted the new iteration of the bike was not yet perfected. He said: "With a number of changes, this bike is a challenge for us."

Honda has so far endured a rather rocky start to pre-season testing, reportedly struggling to get to grips with the introduction of control electronics.

This has led to Marquez estimating a one-second deficit to the pacesetting Yamaha squad at the end of the first test of 2016 at Sepang.

Aside from the two factory bikes, the 2016 grid will also feature an LCR Honda entry for Cal Crutchlow and two RC213Vs fielded by the Marc VDS squad for Jack Miller and Tito Rabat.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Dani Pedrosa , Marc Marquez
Teams Repsol Honda Team
Article type Breaking news