After a forgettable 2015 season with McLaren-Honda, double-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso is hoping for a much more productive 2016 season. Meanwhile, the Spaniard paid a visit to Honda’s Twin-Ring Motegi circuit to be a part of the Japanese automaker’s ‘Thanks Day’, a get together of its motorsport superstars.
Much to the amusement of the spectators, Alonso showcased his motorcycling skills by lapping the circuit astride compatriot Marc Marquez’s RC213V MotoGP racebike. Powered by a 1.0-litre V4 engine with over 230 PS of power, the race bike is capable of a top speed over 350 kmph. Probably quicker than Alonso’s 2015 McLaren-Honda F1 car which often failed to finish the race distance.
After his brief stint on two wheels, the superstar driver also sampled Aryton Senna’s MP4/6 McLaren-Honda race car which fetched the late Brazilian his 1991 F1 Championship. The car was the last F1 machine to feature a V12 engine and conventional manual transmission.
Marc Marquez too entertained the crowd by slipping behind the wheel of Honda NSX Concept GT sportscar. Also present at the event were Indy Car driver Takuma Sato and Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa.