Honda Racing Raising the Bar in Asia
Honda Racing: Honda is determined to raise the bar for the motorsport industry in ALL Asian countries by expanding its fan base and seeking local talents to succeed internationally
Honda Racing is farther strengthening its racing activities and racer development programmes through its innovative research and development efforts to achieve its Asian Dream. During the 2016 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP), Boon Siew Honda showcased its successful presence at MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, and other motorcycle racing series.
Mr. Shinji Aoyama – Honda Motor Operating Officer, and Director Chief Operating Officer Motorcycle Operations said that Honda will be spreading the development of Asian Motorsports with relevant parties globally. The goal for Honda Racing is to have a Grand Prix rider from Asia. The efforts of getting to that goal have been growing motorsport fans across Asian countries, and developing world-class riders from Asia.
To better align Honda Racing’s efforts with its goal of having a GP rider from Asia, Honda will integrate the Asia Dream Cup and the Asia Talent Cup as an All new racing program. The program will be a catalyst to send new talent to the international racing platform. The new program will be complemented by the use of the Honda NSF250R which is very close to motorbikes used in world championships and CEV.
Mr. Shinkji Tanaka – Block Leader at Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Motor Supports Division said “in 2017 Honda will continuously compete in world championship categories of Road Racing, Motorcross, Trial, Super Cross, and Dakar Rally as Honda works towards earning the title. Currently, road racing is dominant in Asia. We dream that one day, Asian riders would challenge in all top races of each category.”
Boon Siew Honda’s in-house racing team “Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Team” demonstrates Honda’s vigorous efforts to achieving the goal. With its 4 consecutive wining streak of the Asian Championship in the Supar Sports 600 class shows that Honda is on track. CEO and MD of Boon Siew Honda – Mr. Nobuhide Nagata said ” We are always working on upgrading our mechanics to support the riders as well. This is why we have remained on top in Asia”.
Bringing up new stars to follow the path of Malaysia’s own Khairul Idham Pawi who took only 4 years to graduate from schoo to winning the Moto3 race. In 2017, Boon Siew Honda will ramp up its program. Also, Sepang International Circuit will have the Malaysian Talent Cup and tentatively use the NSF250. Honda will offer its support by offering its riders, and mechanics to master the use of a motorbike similar to that in Moto3 from an early stage.
Mr. Noriake Abe, Honda Motor Operating Officer and Chief Operating Officer Regional Operations (Asia & Oceania) mentioned that in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam one make racing series are a perfect platform to develop local talent for the global racing scene while strengthening Honda’s efforts in the regional racing scene.
This progressive and promising announcement by Honda Racing was made with the presence of:
- Dato’ Razlan Razali- CEO of Sepang International Circuit
- Takaati Nakagami – Moto 2 Rider of Honda Team Asia
- Ratthapark Wilairot – Moto 2 Rider of Honda Team Asia
- Hiroki Ono – Moto 3 rider of Honda Team Asia
- Khairul Idham Pawi – Moto 3 rider of Honda Team Asia (2 podium position winner in Argentina and Germany in 2016)