Honda to stay in MotoGP until 2026

Japanese manufacturer agrees five-year extension with motorcycling series.

Honda to stay in MotoGP until 2026

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  • Honda joins constructors Ducati and KTM in renewing MotoGP deal
  • Japanese manufacturer’s involvement in motorcycle racing dates back to 1954

Honda is staying in MotoGP until the end of the 2026 season after signing a five-year extension with Dorna Sports, the global motorcycling series’ commercial rights holder.

The Japanese manufacturer has been involved with motorcycle racing since entering the Isle of Man TT in 1954. Since then, in MotoGP’s premier class alone, Honda has claimed 850 podiums and 25 rider world championships, more than any other brand in history.

Honda becomes the third MotoGP constructor to renew its ties with the series, after Ducati and KTM inked extensions last month, also through to 2026.

“This important announcement brings great pride to MotoGP because Honda is one of the first names that comes to our mind when we think about motorcycling racing,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive at Dorna.

“The Japanese manufacturer has been such an important part of the past, present and future of the FIM MotoGP World Championship and this renewal reinforces, even more, the commitment between both parties.”

Noriaki Abe, managing officer, motorcycle operations, Honda, added: “MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing – it allows us to develop various technologies, and through fierce competition, teach our engineers and nurture their skills.

“With these engineers working on the development of production vehicles, Honda can create better products for its customers. Honda will continue to bring dreams and joy to its customers worldwide through its motorsports activities, including MotoGP.”

While Honda is heading into the new year having reaffirmed its commitment to MotoGP, the company will be starting its last season in Formula One, for the foreseeable future at least. Last October, Honda announced it would exit the sport after the 2021 campaign, citing its sustainability goals.