Watch Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa Race Each Other on Mopeds
The video quality is atrocious, but it's still a very entertaining race.
Honda makes a lot more than just cars. As the largest producer in the world of internal combustion engines, Honda’s portfolio ranges from motorcycles to lawn mowers to generators and beyond. As a way to showcase the brand’s diversity, sometimes Honda likes to have its MotoGP racers race each other in unconventional ways.
In the latest example of the Repsol Honda MotoGP team’s silliness, four-time MotoGP champion and current reigning champ Marc Marquez and veteran teammate and fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa who previously faced off on Honda lawn mowers this summer hit the track on Honda mopeds for an intense race. The race took place in Japan and the two pros shared the track with other moped racers who didn’t stand a chance against them.
As you’d expect, the Honda mopeds were fully decked out in Repsol livery just like the championship-winning Honda RC-V race bikes used in MotoGP. The mopeds in the video appear to be Honda Super Cub 110s that are powered by a single-cylinder 109.1cc overhead-cam engine that produces 8-horsepower and 6.2 pound-feet of torque.
Despite starting at the back, Pedrosa and Marquez were quickly battling it out for the lead. Pedrosa ended up in first with Marquez settling for second. Ensuring us that the MotoGP racers aren’t taking this moped race too seriously, we can see some wacky antics before, during, and after the race. Marquez rips a burnout at the starting line, randomly turns on his turn signal during the race, possibly a distraction tactic, and does a brake slide into the wall after the race is over.
Never a dull moment in the life of a professional motorcycle racer.