Honda keep going on two wheels

Honda look unlikely to to quit MotoGP following the Japanese manufacturer’s withdrawal from Formula One.

Honda look unlikely to to quit MotoGP following the Japanese manufacturer’s withdrawal from Formula One.

Honda rocked F1 by pulling out of next year’s championship and putting their F1 team up for sale.

But fears the company could cut back on their racing plans in MotoGP next season, where six factory bikes will be raced by the official HRC team and two satellite outfits, have so far proved unfounded.

A meeting of the Grand Prix Commission in Barcelona was told by a representative of all the Japanese manufacturers that Honda had no plans to scale down spending on MotoGP.

Takanao Tsubouchi of the Motorcycle Sport Manufacturers Association (MSMA) relayed Honda’s intention to the meeting.

International Race Teams Association president Herve Poncharal attended the meeting and told Motor Cycle News: “Of course the F1 Honda news was a shock for everyone involved in motorsport, so this question of their participation was raised.

“He (Tsubouchi) is not a Honda spokesman but he represents all the manufacturers and Honda are one of the manufacturers and he told us that there were no worries about Honda’s involvement.

“I’ve spoken with Fausto Gresini and Lucio Cecchinello and nobody seems in any doubt that the six bikes they have planned will all be on the grid.”

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