We’ve received an unusual press release from Honda Racing Corporation today regarding HRC pilot Jeremias Israel and his employment status.

Press Release:

After in-depth discussions and considerations, to its regret, Honda Racing Corporation has decided that Mr. Jeremias Israel is officially and irrevocably relieved from all his duties as a member of the HRC Dakar Team.


HRC has determined, in fact on the basis of factual evidence, that the rider – even if possibly in good faith – contravened however the exclusivity image rights granted to HRC, in addition making improper and non authorized use of HRC and Honda trademarks and goods.

Last September 17th, 2015 Mr. Israel was formally advised of the objections raised by HRC and of the termination of his contract with immediate effect.