Silly Season Nearing An End: Repsol Honda Confirm Joan Mir Through 2024, Pramac Line Up Remains Unchanged

As the paddock looks ahead to leaving Europe for the long session of Australasian flyaway races, MotoGP is tidying up some loose ends. Contracts are being announced for 2023 and beyond, ahead of Misano, and then Aragon.

The most significant announcement is the least surprising. HRC have finally announced that they will be signing Joan Mir to race alongside Marc Marquez in the Repsol Honda team for the next two seasons. This tie-up has been an open secret in the paddock since shortly after Suzuki announced they would be pulling out of MotoGP at the end of the 2022 season. But actually nailing down a deal was a much longer and more painful process than expected. Mir's miserable results since the Suzuki announcement did not strengthen his hand in those negotiations.

Honda's signing of Mir, along with the Ducati Lenovo Team's announcement that they had chosen Enea Bastianini to ride alongside Pecco Bagnaia for the next two years means that the factory seats in MotoGP are now full. Repsol Honda will be Joan Mir and Marc Marquez, Ducati Lenovo is Pecco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini, Monster Energy Yamaha is Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli (despite Morbidelli's disappointing form this year), Red Bull KTM is Brad Binder and Jack Miller, and the factory Aprilia line up remains unchanged in Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales.

There are also six satellite seats already claimed, after the Pramac Ducati team slipped out an announcement (in Italian only) that Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco would continue as teammates for 2023. Gresini Ducati will consist of Alex Marquez and Fabio Di Giannantonio, Alex Rins will take one seat at LCR Honda (the other almost certainly going to Takaaki Nakagami) and Pol Espargaro will be one of the two riders for the Tech3 GasGas squad (with Augusto Fernandez likely to make the step up for 2023).

Two more satellite seats are expected to be filled later today, August 30th, with the RNF squad preparing to announce the rider line up which will contest the 2023 championship on Aprilias for them. That is expected to be Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez.

The Repsol Honda press release appears below:


HRC sign Joan Mir

Honda Racing Corporation are proud to announce the signing of Joan Mir. The 2020 MotoGP World Champion established himself as a World Champion-level talent from his first full season in Moto3 in 2016. In 2017 the #36 lifted the lightweight class crown aboard a Honda before moving to the intermediate class the following year. Alongside two World Championships, the Spanish rider has claimed 12 Grand Prix wins and 33 podiums. The 24-year-old will compete aboard the Honda RC213V in the Factory Team on a two-year contract alongside Marc Marquez.

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As usual, MotoGP bosses show a total lack of creativity or outside the box thinking. Mir is doomed, just like Jorge and Pol. KTM/Tech 3 are a bunch of morons giving up on Remy after 1 year of shitty support. Raul makes sense because he never wanted to be there in the first place. A. Fernandez has talent but the guy has never shown any consistency to challenge for a title.  Not sure what to make of RNF or any of their decisions yet, but D. Binder is actually showing promise, but they're just going to scrap that after 1 year also?! Oliveira is a great rider and deserves a top ride but Raul again doesn't make sense here on another V4 with probably not great factory support. We'll see how much Aprilia really helps this team. Lastly, Yamaha REALLY need to fix their bike so another team is attracted to use them. (VR46!!) and put some serious young talent on it. Pedro, Fermin along side Bez.

If Marc comes back 80-100% in 2023, at least we get to add him to Fabio, Pecco and a gang of Ducs managing a crappy front tire until 2024 when hopefully we finally get the goods and every manufacturer and team can/will win races.

^ Amen!

I am really having a tough time w Remy getting the boot. Orange is struggling. 

RNF did announce Oliveira and Raul the tool. Fernandez is the luckiest of bunch lately, not happy w that at ALL. Remy got caught out in the shuffle. He is young, and could win 2023 Moto2 to return to a better bike. We have seen stranger things (Zarco's path was an example. Dovi to a lesser degree). Tis a colorful and varied paddock, isn't it?

Front tire w more stiffness ASAP --> instant help for KTM and Honda. It was supposed to arrive in 2020 for fooksake. 

The Blue motor is rumored to be coming, but that isn't reassuring is it? 2nd Yamaha Team will come. Fingers crossed and expecting 2024 new team OR VR46. 

Buckle up folks --- all signs say major global recession 2023. So expectations moderate. Here comes cost savings measures and 2009 redux.

I don't think he said no, he said KTM have kept him hanging on the hook for so long that all the good Moto2 rides have gone.

.... on R Fernandez. IMO he's never wanted to be in the show. Remy and Darren both have showed more mettle. Sorry to see them go and if trends continue we won't see any of RF either except on the pre-grid walkaround!

No chance of Ai Ogura taking that second LCR seat?

It'll be interesting to see how he does vs Micky Mouse, in any event. I seem to recall that in the way-back-when in the smaller categories they were a pretty fair match-up. Although that might just be me having a senior's moment, lol.

By the time of Mir's Moto3 full-time debut in 2016, Marquez was a three-time MotoGP champion, so, yes, you were having a grown-up moment. (At my age, senior moments are all too common)

when’s the calendar out? Purely from a selfish standpoint as it’s our 30th wedding anniversary and we’re hoping to go to Lombok/Bali, they did say this month and bizarrely announced the Portimao opener and Silverstone?? And yes, Raul Fernandez, luckiest guy on the grid, but at least it (didn’t) put a smile on his face 😂😂

I don't know about the rest of you true believers but I, for one, am actually pretty excited to see how this goes. I think Mir's style just might work on a Honda.

Rins, on the other hand...

I don't think anyones style currently works on a Honda, what might happen with next years offering is anyones guess but i wouldn't bet that they come out with all guns blazing.

Is everyone forgetting the introduction of sprint races next year? It seems everyone is still talking about only the long format race without remembering there will be half race distance races for points next year. I think this completely changes how every rider approaches the bike each weekend.
I predict a lot more crashes, and energy costs in general next year. Very much looking forward to how the season shakes out.