Motegi, December 4: MotoGP champion Marc Marquez enjoyed a perfect end to the 2017 season at Honda Racing Thanks Day event at Motegi, Japan.
Bringing together official riders and drivers from Honda's various motorsport programmes, the event offered fans and their families the opportunity to meet and greet their heroes in a relaxed and easy-going context.
"I really enjoy Honda Racing Thanks Day because 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," said Marquez, who who won his fourth world title in five years of Grand Prix racing at the highest level.
His sentiments were shared by team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who finished fourth in the standings.
Un #HRTD2017 perfecto para #MM93 y #DP26 🇯🇵— Box_Repsol (@box_repsol) December 4, 2017
En coche 🏎, en scooter 🛵 y en #MotoGP🏍...
¡Siempre ofreciendo espectáculo!
A perfect #HondaRacingThanksDay2017 for #MM93 and #DP26 🇯🇵
Cars 🏎, scooters 🛵 and MotoGP bikes 🏍...
Always putting on a show!
📸 @HRC_MotoGP pic.twitter.com/1OAXbNDQGQ
"I enjoy this event very much. 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 completely 'stress-free' and can have fun with the cars and bikes. I really enjoyed driving the F3 car; I think 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!
Fellow Honda competitors including MotoGP rider Takaaki Nakagami, trial riders Takashisa Fujinami, MXGP rider Tim Gajser, home star Takuma Sato (who this year became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500), Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne also attended the event.
(Repsol Honda media)