Meet the newest crop of young and talented riders who are set to take on Honda’s action-packed motorcycle racing program. These teens gained a stop on the 2020 Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup (HPDC) after emerging on top at the tryouts held recently at the Clark International Speedway (CIS), Go-Kart Racetrack.
Fourteen aspirants, ranging from 10 to 17 years old showed up for the tryouts. Of these young-guns, only eight were picked, including one ‘probationary rider.’ Meanwhile, the remaining five were taken in as ‘reserved riders.’
Here’s the official list of selected riders:
- Trahvys Lyanjoe P. Paralejas, 12
- Charles Daniel Mangulabnan, 15
- Christopher Mangibin, 16
- Urielle Jirone L. Olayvar, 13
- Timothy Jonathan Ky Rojas, 13
- Kurt Dylan D. Matibag, 15
- Nathan Manuel C. Chu, 16
- Karl Michael R. De Guzman, 17
- Probationary: Kurt Villanueva, 17
- Sean Klein V. Fetalvero, 17
- Dharre Vince De Guzman, 16
- Laurence Flores, 17
- Mark Jay Martinez, 17
- Maxwell Nathaniel Gorospe, 17
What’s in it for the young riders?
The Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup program aims to prepare young riders to compete in international motorcycle racing events. According to Gilbert Sison, Honda Philippines’ Supervisor for Motosports, the ‘Magic 8’ will undergo extensive training training to help them get a chance to become full-fledged Honda racers for local and prestigious international competitions.
“Throughout the program, all the qualifiers during the HPDC tryouts will undergo the Honda Racing Clinic, where they can hone their talents. As they compete for this much-anticipated race, we expect to bring out their potentials so they can prepare to compete in high-level road racing competitions here and abroad,” added Sison.
The racers will use Honda’s one-make racing machine, the Honda CBR150R, a 150cc model with MotoGP DNA.
Furthermore, the top racer of this year’s HPDC will get the chance to join competitions abroad, including the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup and Thailand Talent Cup.