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CorporateUSAJanuary 14, 1999
1999 Honda Motorsports Plan
Motorcycle Motorsports Plan

[Overseas Activities]

World championship series factory teams

  • Road Race World Grand Prix:
    Repsol Honda, Team HRC and Castrol Honda will compete in the Road Race Grand Prix 500cc & 250cc classes and Superbike Series with seven successful riders, including two Japanese riders.
  • Trial World Championship
    Takahisa Fujinami will participate in the series with Team HRC.
  • Team organization:

    Category Team Rider Nationality Machine
    Road
    Racing
    GP500 Repsol Honda Michael Doohan Australia NSR500
    Alex Criville Spain
    Tadayuki Okada Japan
    Sete Gibernau Spain NSR500V
    GP250 Team HRC Tohru Ukawa Japan NSR250
    Superbike Castrol Honda Aaron Slight New Zealand RVF/RC45
    Colin Edwards USA
    Trials Team HRC Takahisa Fujinami Japan RTL


    World championship series satellite teams

    • Road Race World Grand Prix:
      Seven distinguished riders will participate in the 500cc and 250cc classes of the World Grand Prix Series. Teams are still to be announced.
    • Motocross World Championship Series:
      TEAM Honda Racing and RWJ Honda will participate in the 250cc class.
    • Trial World Championship Series:
      In the trial championships, Montesa Honda S.A. will nominate two riders as its factory riders.

  • Team organization:

    Category Team Rider Nationality Machine
    Road
    Racing
    GP500 (t.b.a.) Alexandre Barros Brazil NSR500
    (t.b.a.) Juan Borja Spain
    GP250 Team Gresini Loris Capirossi Italy NSR250
    (t.b.a.) Stefano Perugini Italy
    Moto-
    cross
    250 Team
    Honda Racing
    Stefan Everts Belgium CR250M
    Frederic Bolley France
    RWJ Honda Jeakim Karlson Sweden
    Trials Montesa Honda Marc Colomer Spain COTA
    Amos Bilbao Spain


    [Domestic Activities]

    Japanese championship series factory teams

    • Japanese Road Race Championship Series
      Two riders from Lucky Strike Honda will participate in Superbike and one from Castrol Honda in 250cc-class road racing.
    • Japanese Motocross Championship Series
      TEAM HRC will enter the three riders in the 250cc class.
    • Japanese Trial Championship Series
      Takahisa Fujinami from HRC Club Fujinami will be the only Honda representative in the championship.

  • Team organization:

    Category Team Rider Nationality Machine
    Road
    Racing
    Super-
    bike
    Lucky Strike
    Honda
    Shinichi Itoh Japan RVF/RC45
    Yuichi Takeda Japan
    GP250 Castrol Honda Daijiro Katoh Japan NSR250
    Moto-
    cross
    250 Team HRC Kazuyoshi Odagiri Japan RC250M
    Ryuichiro Takahama Japan
    Yoshitaka Atsuta Japan
    Trials HRC Club Fujinami Takahisa Fujinami Japan RTL


    Japanese championship series satellite teams

    • Three riders, supported by Team Iwaki, Sakurai Honda and Team Kohtake, will participate in the Japan Superbike series.

  • Team organization:

    Category Team Rider Nationality Machine
    Road
    Racing
    Super-
    bike
    Team Iwaki Takahiro Sohwa Japan RVF/RC45
    Sakurai Honda (t.b.a.) Japan
    Team Kohtake & RSC Makoto Tamada Japan


    [US Activities]

    American Honda factory teams

    • AMA Road Race Series
      Team Honda will simultaneously compete in both Superbike and SS600 classes. Two riders will make a double entry into the classes.
    • AMA Motocross Series
      Team Honda organization has been upgraded, resulting in four rider entries to the 250cc Supercross and 250cc National Motocross championships.

    American Honda satellite teams

    FMF Team Honda will compete in 125cc Supercross and 125cc National Motocross events with four riders.

  • Team organization:

    Category Team Rider Nationality Machine
    Road
    Racing
    Super-
    bike
    Team Honda Miguel DuHamel Canada RVF/RC45
    Erick Bostrom USA
    SS600 Team Honda Miguel DuHamel Canada CBR600F
    Erick Bostrom USA
    Moto-
    cross
    250 SX /
    250 NATL
    Team Honda Ezra Lusk USA CR250M
    Sebastien Tortelli France
    Mickael Pichon France
    Kevin Windham USA
    125 SX /
    W 125
    National
    FMF Team Honda Tallon Vohland USA CR125R
    Cheris Gosselaar USA
    125 SX /
    E 125
    National
    Brock Sellards USA
    Danny Smith USA


    1999 Racers - Main specifications

    1999 Production Racers - Main specifications 1

    1999 Production Racers - Main specifications 2

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