February 27, 2024

UNITED KINGDOM: Honda has introduced the termination of its contract with eight-time world champion Marc Marquez on the shut of the 2023 season. Marquez, who has confronted important challenges this season with an underperforming Honda, is about to hitch Gresini Ducati in a bid to reclaim his place on the forefront of the racing area.

Hypothesis arose earlier this week when Autosport revealed that Miguel Oliveira, a former KTM rider and present RNF Aprilia competitor with 5 Grand Prix victories underneath his belt, is Honda’s favoured option to succeed Marquez. 

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Oliveira, who clinched victory in final yr’s Indonesian Grand Prix, commented on the scenario, stating, “Something is feasible. It’s certainly a pleasure to be thought-about by one other producer as large as Honda, particularly when it’s a manufacturing unit seat on provide.”

Regardless of the potential alternative, Oliveira emphasised that nothing concrete has materialized, expressing that he hadn’t initially thought-about a change. Nevertheless, with the prospect of a manufacturing unit seat, the dynamics of the scenario may shift.

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There was a minor dispute concerning Oliveira’s current contract with Aprilia. Whereas it’s believed {that a} clause allows Oliveira to depart after 2023 if a manufacturing unit workforce extends a suggestion, Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola asserted that contracts should be upheld. Oliveira himself evaded direct questions in regards to the clause, revealing solely, “It’s true that Aprilia has a proper to supply me a manufacturing unit seat for ’25 and ’26, not ’24.”

Because the racing season progresses, all eyes are on Miguel Oliveira, at present in thirteenth place within the standings, forward of the Indonesian Grand Prix this weekend. Honda’s potential transfer to safe Oliveira suggests a calculated effort to bolster their lineup and strengthen their aggressive edge within the coming seasons.

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