Team Asia Report

TEAM & RIDERS

Moto2

IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia

Founded in 2013, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia was formed as an incubator for promising Asian riders with potential to reach the highest pinnacle of world championship racing. Tady Okada, four-time 500cc class champion and one of the most successful riders in Japan, takes on the role of Team Manager. Each year the team has made solid progress, their riders reaching great achievements. In the 2017 season, Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami and the Malaysian hopeful Khairul Idham Pawi went on to race in the Moto2 world championship.

Takaaki Nakagami
#30Takaaki Nakagami

Date of birth: Feb 09, 1992
Birthplace: Chiba (Japan)

Since his first race on a pocket-bike at the age of four, Nakagami has shown great potential for racing motorcycles. After winning many titles in mini-bike races, he stepped into the road racing arena in 2004. Two years later, he won the GP125 class title in the All Japan Road Race Championship to become the youngest champion ever. In that year, Nakagami was chosen as a member of the MotoGP academy directed by Albert Puig, and took part in the Spanish championship. He went on to race in the world championship GP125 class in 2008 and 2009. The following year, he moved to the All Japan Road Race Championship, and a year later, won the J-GP2 title. Having come back to world championship racing again in 2012 (in the Moto2 class), the Japanese rider joined IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia in 2014. Last year, he took four podiums including a maiden victory in Assen. In 2017, he took four podiums including a second victory in his Moto2 career at Silverstone. In the upcoming 2018 season, he will make his move into the MotoGP class with LCR Honda.

Khairul Idham Pawi
#89Khairul Idham Pawi

Date of birth: Sep 20, 1998
Birthplace: Perak (Malaysia)

The Malaysian hopeful Pawi, a.k.a Super KIP started his racing career in 2012 by competing in the Malaysian Cub Prix WIRA Championship, and won the title in 2014. He also participated in the Asia Dream Cup from 2013 and became the champion the following year. One year later, Super KIP joined Honda Team Asia to compete in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 junior world championship. And, in the 2016 season for his first year of the Moto3 world championship, Pawi surprised the world by his superb maiden victory in Argentina. He won his second grand prix in Germany. In 2017, he moves up into the Moto2 world championship. In his debut year, he earned points in two races including 9th at San Marino. He was ranked 24th overall.

Moto3

Honda Team Asia

Since 2016, Honda Team Asia has competed in the Moto3 world championship to nurture talented Asian young riders, and introduce them to the world stage. Okada doubles up as Team Manager, alongside his Moto2 role. In the 2016 season, Khairul Idham Pawi won two races with the team. In 2017, two young Asians, Kaito Toba and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat went on to race in the championship on their Honda NSF250RWs.

Kaito Toba
#27Kaito Toba

Date of birth: Apr 7, 2000
Birthplace: Fukuoka (Japan)

Toba, born in Fukuoka, Japan, started racing activities when he was five, and collected numerous mini-bike trophies before making his debut in All Japan Road Race championship J-GP3 class in 2013. Next year, he became the inaugural champion for the Asia Talent Cup. In 2015, Toba joined the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship and the MotoGP Rookies CUP. In his second year of these championships, he finished the season in fourth and fifth places respectively. From 2017, he moved to into the Moto3 world championship, battling with promising riders from all around the world. He earned points in 2 races including a top 10 finish at Argentina.His progress was a definite attention-grabber.

Nakarin Atiratphuvapat
#41Nakarin Atiratphuvapat

Date of birth: Jan 17, 1996
Birthplace: Khon Kaen (Thailand)

Atiraphuvapat started racing when he was eleven years old. He raced in the 2014 and 2015 Asia Talent Cup. In the 2015 championship, he celebrated two victories on his home turf at the Chang International Circuit and Malaysian Sepang International Circuit, securing him fourth in the final championship standings. In 2016, he took part in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 junior world championship as a member of the Asia Talent Team. In the 2017 season, he challenged Moto3 World Championship from Honda Team Asia. He earned points in four races and ranked 25th overall. Nakarin is a rider with a promising future.

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