Will Marquez's departure bring concessions to Honda?

Author of the article: , published September 27, 2023.

Marc Marquez announced that he will announce his decision on where he will race in the future at the MotoGP race in Motegi, Japan. With this, he seemingly confirmed that at the end of the season, one year before the end of the contract he signed in 2020, he is parting ways with the team for which he has raced since his debut in the elite class of the motorcycle championship in 2013, as the Spaniard would probably not want to news of the departure to spoil Honda's home race weekend.

"I will not make my decision in Motegi yet, as I want to focus 100% on the track," he told Sky Italia. "I am looking for the best decision for everyone, not just for myself. We try to build the project, find the best solution for the project and the future. For the future of Honda, my future. This is the main goal," he said, hinting at speculation that the eight-time world champion will terminate the contract early and thereby enable Honda to obtain concessions.

The Japanese manufacturer does not get these under the current conditions, as the victory of Alex Rins at the US GP does not meet the conditions (a maximum of one placing of the manufacturer on the podium of the Sunday race is allowed), and the changes to the conditions are not supported by the other manufacturers. At the same time, some people wonder if Marquez were to leave Honda, then maybe the rivals would agree to change the conditions and allow Honda to obtain development concessions, because only this would be less "straightforward" in the fight for the top places if Marquez wasn't sitting on it.

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