The Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid was packed with 9,000 fans this Saturday, as they enjoyed the Repsol Team 2012 presentation.
Repsol Honda Team MotoGP riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, Moto2 star Marc Márquez and Repsol Moto3 talents Maverick Viñales and Miguel Oliveira took part in the event, which featured music, a light show and magic. The presentation concluded with the surprise appearance of reigning World Champion Stoner onboard the new Honda RC213V.
Repsol has serious aspirations for the 2012 titles in each of the categories and championships in which they are present. For this,they have the best riders at their disposal: Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa (MotoGP), Marc Márquez (Moto2), Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira, Álex Rins (Moto3), Álex Márquez, María Herrera, Francesco Bagnaia, Lorenzo Baldassarri (Campeonato de España de Velocidad), Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami (Trial).
Fans at the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid heard the riders’ opinions first-hand, as the three title winners Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez took to the stage alongside the most promising young talents: Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira and Álex Rins. The group posed together for the first time, ahead of the first race of the season in Qatar on April 8th. Future stars Álex Márquez and María Herrera will be riding for Repsol in the CEV Spanish Moto3 series.
The Repsol Team 2012 presentation was the prologue to the fourth round of the FIM X-Trial World Championship, in which Repsol also has a presence: Toni Bou is the current series leader and a ten time World Champion, accompanied by teammate Takahisa Fujinami.
Repsol has been present in the world of sports sponsorship since 1969. For over 40 years, the energy company has been one of the reference points of the highest level of competition, becoming a symbol of innovation, technology and excellence in fuel supply for the most demanding disciplines in addition to an academy for exceptional riders.
"I'm very happy to be here at the Repsol riders presentation. I really enjoy these events, because the people here give you a lot of support and a warm reception. It's also nice to be in the same place as the other Repsol riders —including the Trial competitors whom we don’t see so often. We hope that this is the start of a good season for everyone."
"This is really fantastic. I have been riding for a Spanish team in Repsol and developing as a rider in Spain was a very special experience for me. To be surrounded by people at this event is somewhere that I have always wanted to be. This is a great place for a presentation."
"It is an honour to be at this presentation for another year and, above all, to be a Repsol rider. It is a winning brand and it's a privilege to have Repsol's belief in me. To see the Repsol logo on your bike is a source of great pride. Now I just have to enjoy the season and keep calm, because this is also part of our job. Now I'm going to watch the X-Trial, which is also very exciting."
Press release courtesy of Repsol Media Services