Marc Marquez has confessed his surprise that Honda have committed themselves to a two-year deal for Luca Marini, when many of MotoGP’s top talents will become available for 2025.
Marini is expected to replace Marquez at Repsol Honda next year, as Marquez will be heading to Gresini Ducati. Honda’s search for a new rider was complicated and depended on the length of the contract they were willing to offer. Marini is likely to sign a two-year deal, which could limit Honda’s options for the 2025 season when several top riders will also be free agents. It seems that Honda’s strategy is to have Marini for two years and then assess their options for the future. Miguel Oliveria reportedly turned down Honda’s offer for a one-year deal, while Marini insisted on a two-year contract. It remains to be seen how Honda will handle the situation when other successful riders become available after next year, while Marini is already committed for a second season.