Comprehensive 2021 Honda motorcycle motorsports program revealed

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    Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced its motorsports activities/teams for the 2021 season and initiatives to expand the popularity of motorsports.

    Since the days of its founding, Honda has been strengthening its technologies, human resources, and organizations and sharing the fun, joy, and inspirational experiences with many fans and customers by competing in various races.

    In 2021, Honda will continue to compete in the most prestigious motorcycle and automobile races in the world, including plans to compete in various races in different categories in Japan and in other regions around the world.

    Striving to share dreams and inspirations with people as the world continues to be in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, everyone involved in Honda motorsports activities, including riders, drivers, engineers, mechanics and other team members, will work as one “TEAM Honda” and compete with full force.

    Motorcycle activities

    In the 2020 season, Honda won the Dakar Rally for the first time in 31 years. Honda also achieved the 800th Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) World Championship Grand Prix victory while winning championship titles in the premier classes of the FIM Motocross World Championship and the FIM Trial World Championship as well.

    In the 2021 season, Honda will compete with the factory teams operated by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) and strive to win the championship in the Dakar Rally 2021 which is currently in progress, in the premier classes of all three categories of the World Championship–road race, motocross and trial – as well as the FIM Superbike World Championship.

    In addition to factory teams, with excellent satellite teams, Honda will compete in the FIM Endurance World Championship and the FIM World Championship of the American Motocyclist Association (AMA) Supercross Championship. Moreover, in Japan and many other countries and regions, teams formed by local Honda subsidiaries and dealers will participate and strive to win championship titles in the road race, motocross, and trial categories.

    As a new initiative starting this year, Honda will begin the Honda Superbike Challenge Program, designed to support riders who compete in road race championships around the world to further advance themselves. As a part of this program, Ryo Mizuno who competed in the JSB 1000 class of the MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship last year with MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO.Honda team, will begin competing in the British Superbike Championship this season.

    Honda will continue to foster young riders. In the 2021 season, Honda will continue to support Honda Team Asia, which will compete in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes of MotoGP. Moreover, as an opportunity for young riders to step up, Honda will continue supporting riders competing in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship. In addition, Honda will continue to utilize IDEMITSU Asia Talent Cup (IATC) as a program designed to foster young riders to discover and foster more riders who can compete in world-class.
    For a list of Honda automobile activities, click this link.

    Overview of Honda Teams
    As of January 15, 2021

    World Championships
    FIM Grand Prix World Championship (MotoGP)

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    93Marc Márquez27SpainMotoGP
    Repsol Honda Team☆*7
    ☆*744Pol Espargaro29SpainMotoGP
    RC213V5th
    LCR Honda IDEMITSU☆*730Takaaki Nakagami28JapanMotoGP
    10th
    LCR Honda CASTROL73Alex Márquez24SpainMotoGP
    14th

     

    *7 ☆on a team name indicates a factory team of Honda, ☆on a machine name indicates a factory machine of Honda, ☆on a rider’s name indicates an HRC contract rider

    FIM Superbike World Championship (SBK)

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    CBR1000RR-R19Álvaro Bautista36SpainSBK
    Team HRC9th
    FIREBLADE SP
    Leon HaslamSBK
    9137U.K.
    10th

     

    FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC)

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2019-2020
    result
    Josh Hook28AustraliaEWC
    F.C.C. TSR Honda FranceCBR1000RR-R5Mike Di Meglio32France3rd
    FIREBLADE SP
    Yuki Takahashi36JapanJRR ST1000
    Champion

     

    FIM Motocross World Championship (MXGP)

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    243Tim Gajser24SloveniaMXGP
    Team HRCCRF450RWChampion
    43Mitchell Evans22AustraliaMXGP
    14th

     

    FIM Trial World Championship (TrialGP)

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    Montesa1Toni Bou34SpainTrialGP
    Repsol Honda TeamChampion
    COTA 4RT
    Takahisa FujinamiTrialGP
    740Japan
    7th

     

    Japan only

    MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship (JRR)
    JSB1000 class

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing2Ryuichi Kiyonari38JapanJSB1000
    2nd
    Honda Dream RT Sakurai Honda3Sodo Hamahara25JapanJSB1000
    CBR1000RR-R3rd
    Team ATJFIREBLADE SP6Satoru Iwata34JapanJSB1000
    6th
    MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO. HondaTBATeppei Nagoe23JapanST1000
    2nd

     

    ST1000 class

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    Japan Post Honda Dream TPCBR1000RR-R1Yuki Takahashi36JapanST1000
    FIREBLADE SPChampion
    TBAKazuma Watanabe30JapanJSB1000
    5th
    Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing
    CBR1000RR-R3Kosuke Sakumoto24JapanST1000
    FIREBLADE3rd
    SDG Motorsports RT HARC-PRO.5Ikuhiro Enokido22JapanST1000
    5th

     

    ST600 class

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    Japan Post Honda Dream TP3Tomoyoshi Koyama37JapanST600
    3rd
    5Kohta Arakawa18JapanST600
    5th
    MOTO BUM HONDA
    CBR600RR15Kohki Suzuki20JapanST600
    15th
    TOHO Racing10Takuma Kunimine22JapanST600
    10th
    MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO.14Haruki Noguchi19JapanST600
    14th

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    ST600 class

     

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    Japan Post Honda Dream TP3Tomoyoshi Koyama37JapanST600
    3rd
    5Kohta Arakawa18JapanST600
    5th
    MOTO BUM HONDA
    CBR600RR15Kohki Suzuki20JapanST600
    15th
    TOHO Racing10Takuma Kunimine22JapanST600
    10th
    MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO.14Haruki Noguchi19JapanST600
    14th

     

    MFJ All-Japan Motocross Championship (JMX)
    IA1 class

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    Honda Dream Racing Bells1Kei Yamamoto29JapanIA1
    Champion
    Honda Dream Racing4Makoto Ogata35JapanIA1
    HAMMER4th
    Bells Racing6Yohei Kojima35JapanIA1
    6th
    T.E.SPORT with GOSHI7Gota Otsuka24JapanIA1
    7th
    T.E.SPORTCRF450RTBAKazunori Ono21Japan
    TBA10Takumu Yokosawa22JapanIA1
    10th
    TEAM HAMMER Honda11Yuta Ikegaya31JapanIA1
    Technical College11th
    14Ukyo Michiwaki26JapanIA1
    TEAM KOHSAKA with14th
    CARVEK18Hakuryu Michiwaki22JapanIA1
    18th

     

    IA2 class

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    Honda Dream Racing Bells2Kainosuke Oshiro21JapanIA2
    2nd
    TEAM HAMMER Honda15Eiki Suzumura21JapanIA2
    Technical College15th
    Team ITOMOCRF250R22Yusuke Mori22JapanIA2
    22nd
    T.E. SPORTTBAMizuki Negishi22Japan
    Team Sakurai with FFF010Shuya Tomioka20JapanIB-OPEN
    10th

     

    Ladies class (LMX)

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    1Manaka Kawai18JapanLMX
    Champion
    T.E. SPORT4Iroha Ono18JapanLMX
    4th
    CRF150RⅡ
    19Kotono Yamazaki13JapanLMX
    19th
    Team ITOMO9Nanami Katsumata26JapanLMX
    9th

     

    MFJ All-Japan Trial Championship (JTR)

    IA Super class (IAS)

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    1Tomoyuki Ogawa44JapanIAS
    Champion
    TEAM MITANI HondaRTL300R
    5Seiya Ujikawa18JapanIAS
    5th

     

    Asia

    FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC)
    ASB1000 class

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    21Zaqhwan Zaidi25MalaysiaARRC
    Honda Asia-Dream RacingCBR1000RR-RASB1000
    with SHOWAFIREBLADE31Gerry Salim23IndonesiaARRC
    ASB1000

    Teams competing in the SS600 and AP250 classes will be announced as soon as details are finalized.

    Europe

    British Superbike Championship (BSB)

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    TBAGlenn Irwin30U.K.BSB
    CBR1000RR-R4th
    Honda Racing
    FIREBLADE SPTBARyo Mizuno22JapanJSB1000
    4th

     

    North America

    AMA Supercross, An FIM World Championship (450SX)

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    94Ken Roczen26Germany450SX
    3rd
    Team Honda HRCCRF450R
    23Chase Sexton21U.S.A.250SX East
    Champion

     

    AMA Supercross, An FIM World Championship (250SX West)

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    41Hunter Lawrence21Australia250SX West
    23rd
    Team Honda HRCCRF250R
    18Jett Lawrence17Australia250SX West
    10th

     

    AMA Pro Motocross Championship (450MX)

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    94Ken Roczen26Germany
    Team Honda HRCCRF450R
    23Chase Sexton21U.S.A.450MX
    5th

     

    AMA Motocross Championship (250MX)

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    41Hunter Lawrence21Australia250MX
    13th
    Team Honda HRCCRF250R
    18Jett Lawrence17Australia250MX
    4th

     

    Other Regions

    Dakar Rally 2021

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    1Ricky Brabec29U.S.A.Dakar Rally
    Champion
    José IgnacioDakar Rally
    4Cornejo26Chile
    4th
    CRF450
    Monster Energy Honda Team
    RALLY
    Kevin BenavidesDakar Rally
    4732Argentina
    19th
    88Joan Barreda37SpainDakar Rally
    7th

     

    Motorcycle Racing Rider Development

    FIM Road Racing World Championship (MotoGP)

    Moto2

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    35Somkiat Chantra22ThailandMoto2
    IDEMITSU Honda Team25th
    KALEX
    Asia79Ai Ogura19JapanMoto3
    3rd

     

    Moto3

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    19Andi Farid Izdihar23IndonesiaMoto2
    NSF250RW30th
    Honda Team Asia
    92Yuki Kunii17JapanMoto3
    27th

     

    FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship

    TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2020 result
    Astra Honda Racing Team16Mario Aji16IndonesiaCEV Moto3
    16th
    Asia Talent TeamNSF250RW32Takuma Matsuyama16JapanCEV Moto3
    14th
    A.P. Honda Racing33Tatchakorn Buasri19ThailandCEV Moto3
    Thailand21st

    Suzuka Circuit Racing School

    For the purpose of developing riders and drivers who will become formidable contenders on the global motorsports stage, Mobilityland Corporation has been operating the Suzuka Circuit Racing School-Junior (SRS-Junior) for motorcycle riders since 1992, Suzuka Circuit Racing School-Kart (SRS-Kart) since 1993 and the Suzuka Circuit Racing School-Formula (SRS-Formula) since 1995 where top-class riders and drivers provide guidance as instructors. To date, these SRS programs have produced a number of outstanding riders and drivers who have been competing their respective motorcycle and automobile racing categories inside and outside Japan.

    In the area of motorcycle racing, in 2016, SRS-Junior was renamed as SRS-Moto, and its rider development system and curriculum as well as the machines used in the program were renewed so that they are geared toward the development of riders who can compete at the level of world championships such as MotoGP.

    Honda initiatives to expand the popularity of motorsports

    Honda has been making active efforts to expand the popularity of motorsports. In order to convey the fascination of motorsports to a broader range of people, Honda has been conducting various events and activities including ones that can be enjoyed more casually by those people who are not yet so familiar with motorsports.

    One-make race series sponsored by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC)

    HRC is hosting various one-make races a year at approximately 30 circuits throughout Japan under two categories of races with different purposes — to simply enjoy motorsports and to foster future MotoGP riders.

    The one-make race series hosted by HRC include HRC GROM Cup, CBR250R Dream Cup and CBR250RR Dream Cup, which features mass-market models, as well as the NSF100 HRC Trophy, which features the NSF100 a mass-market road racer of HRC and the HRC NSF250R Challenge which is designed to foster future MotoGP riders.

    The one-make race series are being held at a number of circuits throughout Japan. In addition, HRC has been hosting some Japan-wide races (at Suzuka or Motegi) for riders who fulfill certain conditions and offering support for riders to step up through training classes. In other words, the HRC one-make race series have been a stage where participants can enjoy the races and/or strive to realize their dreams.

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