Formula 1 drivers Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, Yuki Tsunoda, and Daniel Ricciardo attended the Honda Thanks Day 2023, where they gave demos and thanked Japanese fans for their support, and also participated in a karting race; MotoGP champion Marc Marquez also attended the event, marking his last appearance for the Repsol Honda team before moving to Gresini Racing in 2024.
‣ Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo attended the Honda Thanks Day 2023, thanking Japanese fans for their support.
‣ Verstappen reflected on the season where he won 19 out of 22 races, expressing pride in the unexpected success.
‣ The drivers also participated in a karting race during the event.
‣ Eight-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez was also present at the event, marking his last appearance for the Repsol Honda team before moving to Gresini Racing in 2024.
Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, Yuki Tsunoda, and Daniel Ricciardo made an appearance at the Honda Thanks Day 2023 over the weekend. The Formula 1 drivers put on several demos. They took the opportunity to express their gratitude to the Japanese fans for their unwavering support throughout the season.
“Checo did a good job,” Verstappen started, reflecting on the demos at the Motegi circuit. He was full of praise for Perez’s control and his crowd-pleasing donuts. Verstappen then took a moment to look back at the year. A year where he clinched 19 out of 22 races. “It was a season that nobody really expected beforehand. We are really proud of it.”
Verstappen seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed himself. “It’s great to see so many fans here again. Thank you everyone for coming.” Ricciardo chimed in, “We are actually a bit used to this because when we race in Japan there is always a very big group of loyal fans. It was great today.”
A karting race was next on the agenda for the drivers. Verstappen couldn’t help but smile as he recounted, “[The race] started off quite well but then Daniel decided to be a terrorist, he literally tried to kill everyone out there” (Honda Thanks Day Kart Race).
Marc Marquez, the eight-time MotoGP world champion, was also in attendance. This event marked the end of an era for the Spanish rider. He’s retiring from the Repsol Honda team after this year. Next year, he’ll embark on a new adventure with Gresini Racing [who ran with a Ducati bike] in 2024.