TOKYO, Japan, January 19, 2007 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced its motorcycle racing plans for 2007, as outlined below.
Honda's spirit of challenge is rooted in its motorsports activities. By constantly striving to fulfill its own dreams and aspirations, Honda aims to share dreams and excitement with its customers.
Honda has set its sights on winning, for the second year in a row, the three championship titles for rider, manufacturer and team in the World Championship MotoGP class, the premier class of world championship road racing. In addition, Honda is aiming to tackle the challenge of securing championships in other categories of road racing and in each series of motocross, trial and mountain bike downhill racing.
FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
< MotoGP class >
In the MotoGP class of the Road Race World Championship Grand Prix (WGP), Honda plans to race six of the newly developed RC212V MotoGP machines and to supply engines to one team, with the aim of capturing all three titles for the second year in a row, under the new 800cc engine displacement regulations.
Just as in last season, riding for the Repsol Honda works team will be Nicky Hayden, the winner of last year's championship, and Dani Pedrosa, who finished fifth in the series ranking.
|Repsol Honda Team||#1 Nicky Hayden (Age 25, USA)|
|#26 Dani Pedrosa (Age 21, Spain)|
|Team Honda Gresini||#33 Marco Melandri (Age 24, Italy)|
|#24 Toni Elias (Age 23, Spain)|
|Konica Minolta Honda||#56 Shinya Nakano (Age 29, Japan)|
|Honda LCR||#7 Carlos Checa (Age 34, Spain)|
|*Engine supply Team Roberts||#10 Kenny Roberts Jr. (Age 33, USA)|
< 250cc class >
In the 250cc class, Honda will field four riders and two teams with the RS250RW aiming for the title.
|Repsol Honda 250||#60 Julian Simon (Age 19, Spain)|
|#73 Shuhei Aoyama (Age 22, Japan)|
|Humangest Racing Team||#34 Andrea Dovizioso (Age 20, Italy)|
|#55 Yuki Takahashi (Age 22, Japan)|
MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship Series
The All-Japan Road Race Championship Series will be centered on teams run by Honda dealerships and supported by Honda Motorcycle Japan Co., Ltd.
The teams will run the CBR1000RR in the JSB1000 class, in which Honda captured the series championship last year, and a full model change CBR600RR in the ST600 class, also won by Honda last year.
Honda will be vying to retake the championship in the GP250 class, with the RS250R.
In the GP125 class, won by the Honda team last year, Honda will aim to capture the series title for the second year in a row, running the RS125R.
British Superbike (BSB) Championship
Ryuichi Kiyonari, who won the series championship for the first time last year, will aim to repeat his success.
Honda plans to race two CBR1000RRKs, with the aim of capturing a double title in both the rider's and the manufacturer's categories.
|HM Plant Honda Racing||#1 Ryuichi Kiyonari (Age 24, Japan)|
|#TBA Jonathan Rea (Age 19, UK)|
MFJ All-Japan Motocross Championship Series
The works team TEAM HRC will be vying to capture the title for the second season in a row in the IA1class (displacement of 450cc or less for 4-stroke machines).
Yu Hirata has joined the team in the IA2class (displacement of 250cc or less for 4-stroke machines), setting his sights on the championship.
|TEAM HRC||IA 1st class #1 Yoshitaka Atsuta (Age 29, Japan)|
|IA 1st class #4 Kazumasa Masuda (Age 26, Japan)|
|IA 2nd class #197 Yu Hirata (Age 22, Japan)|
FIM World Trials Championship Series
For the FIM World Trials Championship Series, Honda will run three Montesa COTA 4RTs equipped with 4-stroke engines, with the aim of capturing both the rider's and the manufacturer's titles.
|Repsol Montesa HRC||#2 Takahisa Fujinami (Age 27, Japan)|
|#4 Dougie Lampkin (Age 30, UK)|
|#5 Antonio Bou (Age 20, Spain)|
[Mountain Bike (MTB) Downhill Races]
UCI World Cup / UCI World Championship
Honda plans to run three RN01s in the main two World Cup-class races in front of tens of thousands of spectators, vying to recapture the title in each series.
|Team G Cross Honda||Greg Minnaar (Age 25, South Africa)|
|Matti Lehikoinen (Age 22, Finland)|
|Brendan Fairclough (Age 18, UK)|
JCF Mountain Bike Japan Series / All Japan Championship
Honda will supply the RN01 to two teams, with the aim of retaking the championship in the JCF Mountain Bike Japan Series and winning the title in the All Japan Championship for the second year in a row.
|G Cross Honda Idegawa||#1 Naoki Idegawa (Age 26, Japan)|
|G Cross Honda Uchijima||#2 Ryo Uchijima (Age 30, Japan)|
- *The main Honda teams and participating riders in other racing categories will be announced as soon as the decisions have been made.
- *The main Honda teams and the participating riders for the MFJ All-Japan Championship Road Race Series will be announced by Honda Motorcycle Japan Co., Ltd. on January 19.