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Honda 2014 Motorsports Program Overview
 
 
February 7, 2014 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced its 2014 motorsports strategy and initiatives for expanding the popularity of motorsports.
 
Since the days of its founding, Honda has always considered racing as a key driving force, tackling motorsports challenges across the globe and achieving a wealth of victories along the way, while using racing as an experimental plot for technologies that would sow the seeds of the company’s overall growth. The racing spirit fostered in this process is alive today in all of Honda’s products and technical development.
 
Honda’s corporate slogan is “The Power of Dreams.” Honda will realize these dreams together with its customers by putting more power behind its motorsports activities so that through racing it can bring fun, joy and excitement to more people around the world.
 
 
<Overview of Motorcycle Racing Strategy> [Road Races]
 
♦ Honda 2014 Motorsports Program Overview
 
<MotoGP class>
 
In the MotoGP, the premier class of the FIM*1 Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Series, Honda turned in a “triple crown” by taking all three titles last season—the riders’, team, and constructors’ championships. Farther afield, Honda’s factory team also competed in the Dakar 2014 in January of this year and marked its steady progress by winning 6 out of the rally’s 13 stages in only its second year of participation. This year, Honda engages as Team HRC in the FIM Motocross World Championship Series (MXGP, formerly WMX) and FIM Trial World Championship Series (WCT).
 
Based on our desire to satisfy the expectations of many customers and fans as a manufacturer of motorcycles in all categories, we at Honda are determined to raise our commitment to the four categories of road racing, motocross, trials world championships, and the newly added the Dakar.
 
In the MotoGP, the Repsol Honda Team will again put forward the lineup of Marc Márquez, who made history last year as the youngest champion ever in his very first season of MotoGP competition, paired with Dani Pedrosa who won the 3rd place. Repsol Honda Team aims to win the three titles for the second season running. In addition to its factory team*2, two satellite teams*3 will be equipped with machines supplied by Honda, for a total of three teams and four riders representing Honda in the MotoGP.
 
<Moto2 class>
 
The Moto2 class was established in 2010, and Honda has supported this class as the sole official engine supplier starting with that first year. The machines ridden by every team have been powered by an engine developed exclusively for the Moto2 class and based on the inline 4-cylinder engine of the commercially available CBR600RR supersports model. Honda will continue supplying the engine to all the teams through the 2014-2015 season.
 
Takaaki Nakagami, in his third season as a Moto2 class rider, will now compete for his new team, Idemitsu Honda Team Asia, led by team manager Tadayuki Okada, a former rider in the Honda factory team. The team aims to help young riders tackle the challenge of competing in the Road Racing World Championship Series races and realize their dreams, through links with Honda’s racing endeavors in countries throughout Asia. The team will race with two machines this year; joining Nakagami will be Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman of Malaysia, who has competed in this class since the second half of the last season.
 

Team

Number

Rider

Age

Nationality

2013 result

IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia

25

Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman

29

Malaysia

Moto2 Participated from Round 13,

Asia Road Racing Championship SS600 Champion

30

Takaaki Nakagami

21

Japan

Moto2 8th

 
<Moto3 class>
Honda will provide newly developed machines and technical support to six riders in three teams in the Moto3 class.
 

Team

Number

Rider

Age

Nationality

2013 result

Estrella Galicia 0,0

42

Alex Rins

18

Spain

Moto3 2nd

12

Alex Márquez

17

Spain

Moto3 4th

Caretta Technology - RTG

7

Efren Vazquez

27

Spain

Moto3 9th

17

John McPhee

19

U.K.

Moto3 19th

Ongetta-Rivacold

10

Alexis Masbou

26

France

Moto3 8th

Ongetta-AirAsia

63

Zulfahmi Khairuddin

22

Malaysia

Moto3 12th

 
 
♦ FIM Endurance World Championship Series - Suzuka 8hours Endurance Road Race
 
To heighten the attraction of this year’s 37th Suzuka 8hours Endurance Road Race, Honda plans to enter riders who have been turning in strong performances around the world and in Japan, such as Takumi Takahashi and Kosuke Akiyoshi from the MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship Series. Takahashi of MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO is vying for the championship title for the second year in a row in the MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship Series this season, while Akiyoshi of F.C.C. TSR Honda aims to win his third championship title in the Suzuka 8hours Endurance Road Race. The riders from Honda Team Asia, who have been turning in strong showings in races throughout Asia, will also take on the Suzuka 8hours for the third time. (Details will be announced as soon as they are determined.)
 
 
♦ FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Series
 
A team from Boon Siew Honda SDN. BHD., Honda’s local affiliate in Malaysia; teams from A.P. Honda Co., Ltd. and Thai Honda Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Honda affiliates in Thailand; and a team from P.T. Astra Honda Motor, Honda’s local affiliate in Indonesia, will race in the SS600 class of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Series (ARRC). Racing again for MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing will be Makoto Tamada.
 

Team

Machine

Rider

2013 result

MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing

CBR600RR

Md Zamri Baba

ARRC 3rd

Makoto Tamada

ARRC 8th

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi

ARRC 10th

A.P. Honda Thailand

Peerawat Wongthananon

ARRC 19th

Jakkrit Swangswat

ARRC 20th

Thai Honda Racing

Ratthapong Wilairot

ARRC 17th

Suhathai Chaemsap

Astra Honda Racing

Dimas Pratama

Suzuka 4hours Endurance Champion

Denny Triyugo Laksono

All-Japan Road Race J-GP3 24th

T. Pro Yuzy Honda

Tomoyoshi Koyama

ARRC 5th

Satoru Iwata

ARRC 13th

Sasitharen Sukumaran

ARRC 23rd

 
 
   
 
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