MotoGP champion Marc Marquez and team-mate Dani Pedrosa completed their 2017 activities with the annual Honda Thanks, Day, held in front of 24,000 fans at Motegi joined by fellow HRC stars.
One of the highlights for Marquez and Pedrosa was driving a Japanese F3 racing car for the first time, alongside races and exhibitions using Karts, Super Cubs, and Honda Jazz cars.
Marc Marquez: “Every year it gets more and more interesting and enjoyable for us, everything is always perfectly organized, and we get to try many different cars and bikes.”
“This year, for instance, we had the chance to drive an F3 car. It was a new experience that I liked a lot, so thanks to Honda for this special treat. Today it was an honor to make a lap together with Takuma who won at Indy!”
“It was also very good to meet so many Japanese fans. I’m happy to be here for them and to be able to celebrate another great season together.”
“The Riders Title was our main target, but having also achieved the Triple Crown with the Constructors and Team Titles is a particularly special feeling.”
— Marc Márquez (@marcmarquez93) December 2, 2017
Dani Pedrosa: “The season is, of course, demanding on the mind, as you must keep focused all the time, so it’s really nice when we come here in December when we’re complete ‘stress-free’ and can have fun with the cars and bikes.”
“I really enjoyed driving the F3 car; It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had at Honda Racing Thanks, Day, and one of the best overall apart from riding my MotoGP bike!”
“Last year we tried the NSX, but this time was even better, maybe because I could feel the air, like on my bike.”
“It’s possible to brake so late into the corners, and the entire time that I was driving I was thinking about what it would be like in an F1 car! It was an amazing experience.”
“I think this event is also very special for the fans because they can really get quite close to us, and we also have more time to dedicate to them. When we come here for the race it’s more difficult to spend time with them. There’s always a great atmosphere here and just fun.”
They will next be on track for the official Sepang test at the end of January.