Honda to pursue motorsports in Asia, Oceania
Honda Group of Companies in Asia and Oceania showed its intention to strengthen its involvement in the region at Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) at Buriram International Circuit, Thailand.
Representing Honda were Mr. Soichi Yamana, Department Manager of Motorcycle Department, Motorsports Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.; Mr. Atsushi Ogata, Director of Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd.; Mr. Ryo Takahashi, General Manager of Motorcycle Business Division, Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd.; and Mr. Makoto Tamada, Team Manager of the Honda Asia-Dream Racing.
At the event, Honda shared their plans to develop world-class motorcycle riders and team mechanics from Asia by establishing Honda racing school, forming their own road racing teams, organizing local one-make races, competing in local, national, and international races.
Most promising stars from pool of racers and mechanics will join Honda’s racing team for ARRC and ultimately, world-class races.
Honda proudly announced their teams that are competing in the 2018 AARC. Currently, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, India are participating in Underbone 150cc (UB150), Asia Production 250cc (AP250), Supersport 600cc (SS600). Honda rider Rheza Danica from Indonesia is set to take part in 2018 AP250 rider championship.
Another contest Honda confirms participation in is the inaugural Asia Superbike 1000cc (ASB1000) at the 2019 ARRC featuring Honda Asia-Dream Racing with Former MotoGP racer Makoto Tamada as team manager and Zaghwan Zaidi from Malasysia as team rider. This year, they finished at 17th place in Japan Superbike 1000cc class at 2018 all-Japan Road Race Championship and placed 4th in the Suzuka 8-hour Endurance Race.