Unlike Ducati, who have completely changed their color scheme, Honda has kept its classic and familiar colors for the RCV213 2019, as they launched its traditional orange, white and red colours (which we first saw in 1995) at Campus Repsol in Madrid.
At unveiling reigning champion Marc Marquez was joined by the new comer Jorge Lorenzo and along with them were two Repsol Honda’s well-known riders, Mick Doohan and Alex Criville, who kicked off the Repsol – Honda partnership in 1995.
"Marc needs no presentation, for his actions speak louder than words," said Honda Racing Corporation director Tetsuhiro Kuwata.
"For Jorge, we want to welcome him in the team, and we are sure that the fact he accepted this challenge proves he is a true champion."
Marc Marquez who underwent a shoulder surgery recently, give his thoughts for new bike and season and said:
‘It’s been the most boring winter of my life. Not even touching my bike and after hours of recovery, I’m excited for the season to start’
Jorge who has just joined the team replacing long time Dani Pedrosa, but is suffering from a recent injury also looked positive and gave his thoughts:
‘I’m thrilled to have joined this team. The level here is incredible and I’m ready to give it the best I’ve got’.
The Japanese bike manufacturer joined hands with Spanish energy giant, 25 years ago in 1995 where they claimed their first victory with Mick Doohan on first race of the season at Australian GP.
Since then together the Repsol-Honda brand has won 14 Rider’s championship (4 Mick Doohan, 1 Alex Criville, 2 Valentino Rossi, 1 Nicky Hayden, 1 Casey Stoner and 5 Marc Marquez), clinched 427 podiums, 177 pole positions and 168 premier class victories.
The first track action of RCV213 2019 will be seen during pre-season testing on 6th February, 2019 at Sepang International Circuit.
Sadly, Lorenzo will not be able to test the bike for team, due to his Scaphoid fracture and underwent surgery on past Monday. He suffered fracture during training and will probably miss out the Jerez test as well.
But according to doctors they are positive, the Spaniard is showing good signs of recovery and will able to race at Season opener at Qatar. Lorenzo will also have to go through second surgery of his wrist in just over a month.