Team Asia Report



IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia

In the 2018 season, HRC test and development rider Hiroshi Aoyama takes on the role of Team Manager. Japanese rider Tetsuta Nagashima, Takaaki Nakagami's successor, and the Malaysian hopeful Khairul Idham Pawi went on to race in the Moto2 world championship.

Tetsuta Nagashima
#45Tetsuta Nagashima

Date of birth: Jun 02, 1992
Birthplace: kanagawa (Japan)

He starts riding on a pocket-bike at the age of three and started racing activities later on. He stepped into the road racing GP-MONO class and finished the season in 2nd. In 2009, he went on to race in GP125 class, struggle to adapt 2-stroke and finished the season in 12th and 17th in the following year. Having come back to GP-MONO class in 2011 and won the title. After went on to race in J-GP3 and J-GP2, he moved to the Moto2 class in 2014. In 2015, he started to race in FIM CEV Moto2 European Championship, in the following year, finished the season in 2nd. Having come back to Moto2 class in 2017.

In 2018, he joins IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia as Nakagami's successor.

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.


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. Same as Moto2 class, HRC test and development rider Hiroshi Aoyama, Okada's successor, takes on the role of Team Manager. In 2018, two young Asians, Kaito Toba and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat went on to race in the championship on their Honda NSF250RWs
just as the last year.


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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