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Earlier today, the Repsol Honda Team unveiled their livery which will take to the MotoGP grid for the 2021 season.

Honda’s factory MotoGP team showed off the RC213V in a very similar livery to what the bike has looked like in previous years, with very little changing on the design.

The presentation was also the first time since early in 2020 that eight-time champion Marc Marquez made an official appearance with the team after suffering a shoulder injury at the first 2020 race in Jerez.

The 28-year-old appeared alongside his new teammate for 2021, Pol Espargaro, who joins the team in 2021 after four years with Austrian manufacturer KTM.

A potential return date for Marquez is still unknown, after the Spaniard has endured a tricky year of recovery, battling infections and further injuries to his shoulder throughout 2020.

However, in a press release for the team presentation, Marquez revealed he will not be riding at the pre-season tests in Qatar.

He said: “Of course, I would have liked to return sooner, but it is very important to listen to the doctors and my body until I am fully fit,” he said.

“I can imagine the best comeback that is to start riding again the bike and be the same, but it will be difficult to be like this.

“But we will see if it takes one race, two races, half the season to be the same Marc.

“I will not be at the Qatar Test as I aim to return only when I am 100% and there is still some work to do.”

Should the Spanish rider miss the start of the season, it is still not known who will replace him. However, it is likely that Repsol Honda’s test rider Stefan Bradl will step in, as he did for the 2020 campaign.

In 2020, the team ended up ninth in the teams’ standings, and fifth in the constructors’ standings, meaning 2021 will be a year Repsol Honda aims to be back fighting at the top.

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