05 11 2019 IČ: 197022

Honda Announces Plans for 2020 Motorcycle Motorsports Activities - Honda’s Participation in World Championship Racing and Dakar Rally 2020

Honda Announces Plans for 2020 Motorcycle Motorsports Activities - Honda’s Participation in World Championship Racing and Dakar Rally 2020

On November 5, 2019 (MILAN, Italy), Honda announced its plans for participation in motorcycle motorsports world championship racing for the 2020 season and the Dakar Rally 2020, at EICMA 2019 in Milan, Italy.

To date, Honda has participated in numerous categories of FIM*1 motorcycle racing world championships with its factory teams*2 operated by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC). 

2019 marked the 60th anniversary of Honda participating in the 1959 Isle of Man TT for the first time. 2019 was also the year in which Honda won the riders championships in the premier categories of the FIM MotoGP World Championship, FIM Motocross World Championship, and FIM Trial World Championship.

In 2020, HRC factory teams will aim to defend their crowns in MotoGP, Motocross and Trials. Furthermore, Honda’s HRC factory team will continue to compete in the Dakar Rally which moves from South America to Saudi Arabia from next year. 

From the 2020 season, Honda will also bring its HRC factory team “Team HRC” to the FIM Superbike World Championship, with Álvaro Bautista (Spain) and Leon Haslam (England) riding factory bikes based on the new CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP. MFJ*3 All Japan Road Race Championship 2017 winner Takumi Takahashi will be also be participating in the FIM Superbike World Championship, riding for satellite team “MIE Racing Team”.

Numerous Honda teams will also be competing in the world championships: F.C.C. TSR Honda France will continue its quest for dominance in the FIM Endurance World Championship, while Team Honda HRC (American Honda Motor Company factory team) will continue to fight for the 450SX class title in the AMA*4 Supercross Championship.

Racing is Honda’s driving force, and through competing in various races, hones its technologies and its people. The racing spirit and technologies gained are part of many Honda products. Honda will continue to realize “The Power of Dreams” with its customers, in its products, services and racing activities.

 

*1 Factory teams: Teams operated by motorcycle manufacturers

*2 FIM: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme

*3 MFJ: Motorcycle Federation of Japan

*4 AMA: American Motorcyclist Association


Honda’s 2020 Participation in Motorcycle World Championship Racing

FIM Road Racing World Championship Series (MotoGP)

 

<MotoGP Class>

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

Repsol Honda Team

*5

RC213V

*5

93

Marc Márquez

*5

26

Spain

MotoGP

Champion

99

Jorge Lorenzo

32

Spain

MotoGP

19th

(as of Nov. 4)

LCR Honda CASTROL

35

Cal Crutchlow

34

U.K.

MotoGP

9th

(as of Nov. 4)

LCR Honda IDEMITSU

30

Takaaki Nakagami

27

Japan

MotoGP

13th

(as of Nov. 4)

*5 Team ☆ indicates factory team, machine ☆ indicates factory bike, rider ☆ indicates HRC rider

 

<Moto2 Class>

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia

KALEX

35

Somkiat Chantra

20

Thailand

Moto2 21st

(as of Nov. 4)

27

Andi Farid Izdihar

22

Indonesia

ARRC SS600 5th

(as of Nov. 4)

 

<Moto3 Class>

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

Honda Team Asia

NSF250RW

79

Ai Ogura

18

Japan

Moto3 11th

(as of Nov. 4)

92

Yuki Kunii

16

Japan

CEV Junior World Championship 7th (as of Nov. 4)

 

FIM Superbike World Championship Series (SBK)

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

Team HRC

CBR1000RR-R SP

TBA

Álvaro Bautista

34

Spain

SBK 2nd

TBA

Leon Haslam

36

U.K.

SBK 7th

MIE Racing Team

CBR1000RR-R SP

TBA

Takumi Takahashi

29

Japan

JRR*6 2nd

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

*6 All Japan Road Race Championship

FIM Endurance World Championship Series (EWC)

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2018-2019 results

F.C.C. TSR Honda France

CBR1000RR SP2

5

Josh Hook

26

Australia

EWC

2nd

Freddy Foray

35

France

Mike Di Meglio

31

France

 

FIM Motocross World Championship Series (MXGP)

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

Team HRC

CRF450RW

243

Tim Gajser

23

Slovenia

MXGP

Champion

43

Mitchell Evans

20

Australia

MX2

11th

 

AMA SuperCross World Championship Series (450SX)

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

Team Honda HRC

CRF450R

94

Ken Roczen

25

Germany

450SX

18th

10

Justin Brayton

35

U.S.A.

450SX

10th

 

FIM Trial World Championship Series (TrialGP)

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

Repsol Honda Team

COTA4RT

1

Toni Bou

33

Spain

TrialGP

Champion

3

Takahisa Fujinami

39

Japan

TrialGP

3rd

 

The Dakar 2019

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

Monster Energy Honda Team

CRF450

RALLY

7

Kevin Benavides

30

Argentina

Dakar 2019

5th

12

Joan Barreda

36

Spain

Dakar 2019

Entry

26

Aaron Mare

24

South Africa

Cross-Country Rallies World Championship19th

9

Ricky Brabec

28

U.S.A.

Dakar 2019

Entry

17

José Ignacio Cornejo

25

Chile

Dakar 2019

8th

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