Alonso samples MotoGP title winning Honda

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McLaren Honda driver Fernando Alonso rode the title-winning 2016 RC213V machine alongside triple MotoGP champion Marc Marquez during Honda’s annual ‘Thanks Day’ event at Motegi.

The event brought together official riders and drivers from Honda’s various motorsport programmes, headlined by Marquez and team-mate Dani Pedrosa plus McLaren Honda F1 drivers Alonso and Jenson Button.

Watched by around 20,000 fans, Marquez and Pedrosa started off by riding the CBR250 Dream Cup machines. Pedrosa then took to the track on the RS125R he used to win the 2003 125cc World Championship, while Marquez rode a historic Honda RC142.

The Repsol Honda men also sampled the CR-Z 1.5 Sport Hybrids before climbing aboard their RC213V MotoGP machines for another run.

While Alonso took a ride on the MotoGP bike, sporting a special HRC livery, Pedrosa and Button drove Honda NSX Concept-GT cars. Alonso made his ‘MotoGP debut’ on an RCV at last year’s event.