Honda-The Power of Dreams
Honda 2008 Motorcycle Racing Plans

TOKYO, Japan, January 22, 2008– Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced its motorcycle racing plans for 2008, 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 recapturing the three championship titles for rider, manufacturer and team in the World Championship MotoGP class, the top class of road racing world championship. In addition, Honda is aiming to tackle the challenge of securing the championships in other categories of road racing and in each of the motocross and trials racing series.

Road Races

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 further refined RC212V MotoGP machines, with the aim of recapturing all three titles in this class. Just as in last season, riding for the Repsol Honda works team will be Dani Pedrosa, who ranked No. 2 in the 2007 season, and Nicky Hayden, the winner of the 2006 series championship who placed No. 8 in 2007.

Team Rider
Repsol Honda Team #2 Dani Pedrosa (Age 22, Spain)
#69 Nicky Hayden (Age 26, USA)
Team San Carlo Honda Gresini #3 Alex De Angelis (Age 23, San Marino)
#56 Shinya Nakano (Age 30, Chiba, Japan)
JiR Team Scot MotoGP #4 Andrea Dovizioso (Age 21, Italy)
LCR Honda MotoGP #14 Randy De Puniet (Age 26, France)

250cc class
In the 250cc class, Honda will field two riders and two teams with the RS250RW, aiming for the championship title.

Team Rider
Thai Honda PPT SAG #14 Ratthapark Wilairot (Age 19, Thailand)
JiR Team Scot 250 #55 Yuki Takahashi (Age 23, Saitama, Japan)

MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship Series
With factory teams allowed to take part in the races from 2007, Honda competed in the JSB1000 class as the works team TEAM HRC. To help reinvigorate road racing in Japan and to further increase opportunities for people to watch and enjoy the races, in 2008, Honda will enter the JSB1000 class as the Dream Honda Racing Team, with the cooperation of Honda Motorcycle Japan Co., Ltd.

Team Rider
Dream Honda Racing Team 11 #11 Kazuki Tokudome (Age 24, Kagoshima, Japan)
Dream Honda Racing Team 48 #48 Yusuke Teshima (Age 25, Saitama, Japan)

In collaboration with Honda Racing Corporation and Honda’s technical staff, Honda Motorcycle Japan will also provide support to a number of teams and riders, centered on teams run by Honda dealerships competing in the JSB1000, GP250, GP125, ST600 and GP-Mono classes.
*For the main Honda teams and riders participating in the MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship Series, please see the reference information.


Motocross races

MFJ All-Japan Motocross Championship Series
The works team TEAM HRC will be vying to capture the championship title in each of the IA1 class (displacement of 450 cc or less for 4-stroke machines) and the IA2 class (displacement of 250 cc or less for 2-stroke machines).

Team Rider
TEAM HRC
IA 1 class #712 Yoshitaka Atsuta (Age 30, Miyagi, Japan)
IA 1 class #4 Kazumasa Masuda (Age 27, Tokyo, Japan)
IA 2 class #197 Yu Hirata (Age 23, Aichi, Japan)


In collaboration with Honda Racing Corporation and Honda’s technical staff, Honda Motorcycle Japan will also provide support to a number of teams and riders, centered on teams run by Honda dealerships competing in the IA1, IA2, IB2, IB-Open and Ladies classes.
*For the main Honda teams and riders participating in MFJ All-Japan Motocross Championship Series, please see the reference information.


Trials

FIM World Trials Championship Series
For the FIM World Trials Championship Series, Honda will run two Montesa COTA 4RT equipped with 4-stroke engines, with the aim of capturing the rider’s title for the second year in a row and our third consecutive manufacturer’s title.

Team Rider
Repsol Montesa HRC #1 Toni Bou (Age 21, Spain)
#3 Takahisa Fujinami (Age 28, Japan)




MFJ All-Japan Trials Championship Series
Honda Racing Corporation will provide support to a number of teams and riders, centered on HRC Club teams belonging to HRC service shops.
*For the main Honda teams and riders participating in MFJ All-Japan Trials Championship Series, please see the reference information.


Reference information
Main Honda teams and riders participating in MFJ All-Japan Championship Series races
In cooperation with Honda Racing Corporation and Honda technical staff, Honda Motorcycle Japan Co., Ltd. plans to hold the Honda Racing Family Circuit Meeting to offer opportunities for Honda riders participating in all-Japan road races and motocross championships to practice riding, as well as advice on physical training. At the venue of each championship, the Honda Racing Family Racing Service will be made available for riders participating in the race, where machine setting by technical staff and advice on riding technique will be provided. In this way, riders’ racing activities will be properly supported.


Major team/rider for All Japan Road Racing Championship
Team Class Bike Rider 2007 Result
Kyubo.com Team HARC-PRO. JSB1000 CBR1000RR Takashi Yasuda JRR JSB1000 2nd
Team Sakurai Honda JSB1000 CBR1000RR Choujun Kameya JRR JSB1000 5th
MORIWAKI MOTUL Racing JSB1000 CBR1000RR Tatsuya Yamaguchi JRR JSB1000 7th
F.C.C. TSR JSB1000 CBR1000RR Takeshi Tsujimura JRR JSB1000 11th
Kohara Racing & TSR JSB1000 CBR1000RR Shinichi Ito JRR JSB1000 18th
Kyubo.com Team HARC-PRO. ST600 CBR600RR Yoshiteru konishi JRR ST600 Champion
Racing Team Honey Bee ST600 CBR600RR Hiroki Noda JRR ST600 4th
F.C.C. TSR ST600 CBR600RR Satoru Iwata JRR ST600 7th
Burning Blood Racing Team ST600 CBR600RR Makoto Inagaki JRR ST600 10th
DyDo MiU Racing Team ST600 CBR600RR Hiromichi Kunikawa JRR GP250 15th
Burning Blood Racing Team GP250 RS250R Takumi Takahashi JRR GP250 2nd
Team Project μ?EFRS GP250 RS250R Syouya Tomizawa JRR GP250 8th
DyDo MiU Racing Team GP125 RS125R Hiroomi Iwata JRR GP125 Champion
Team Project μ?EFRS GP125 RS125R Hideyuki Nakajo JRR GP125 4th
18 GARAGE RACING TEAM GP125 RS125R Yuichi Yanagisawa JRR GP125 6th
TEAM PLUS ONE GP125 RS125R Ryouta Yamada JRR GP125 7th
F.C.C. TSR GP125 RS125R Hiroyuki Kikuchi JRR GP125 8th
RP Bike & YUE + Promathic-I GP125 RS125R Yoshihiro Takeuchi JRR GP125 10th
TEAM PLUS ONE GP-MONO GPMR250X Takayoshi Mori JRR GP-MONO Champion
MORIWAKI MOTUL Racing GP-MONO MD250H Yasutomo Nomura JRR GP-MONO 3rd
* GP-MONO racing bikes are made by constructors using CRF250R engines.
* This information is provisional and subject to change



Major team/rider for All Japan Motocross Championship
Team Class Bike Rider 2007 Result
Honda DREAM RT IA1 CRF450R Ryuichiro Takahama JMX IA1 8th
TEAM HAMMER IA1 CRF450R Makoto Ogata JMX IA1 11th
TEAM BAS with ITOMO IA1 CRF450R Yoshihide fukudome AMA Entry
SEKI Racing MotoRoman IA2 CRF250R Kouichi Fukaya JMX IA2 7th
SEKI Racing MotoRoman IA2 CRF250R Yuui Hoshino JMX IA2 15th
TEAM BAS with ITOMO IA2 CRF250R Toshiki Tomita JMX IA2 24th
SEKI Racing MotoRoman IA2 CRF250R Hayato Deguchi JMX IB-OPEN 3rd
TEAM HAMMER IA2 CRF250R Hikaru Matsushita JMX IB-OPEN 5th
Team HSF IA2 CRF250R Yasuhiro Iinuma JMX IB2 5th
SEKI Racing MotoRoman Ladies CRF150R Haruna Masu JMX Ladies 2nd
Honda DREAM Tarumi & BMC Ladies CRF150R Izumi Yamamoto JMX Ladies 5th
* Ladies (Max engine displacement: 2st/85cc, 4st/150cc)
* This information is provisional and subject to change



Major team/rider for All Japan Trial Championship
Team Class Bike Rider 2007 Result
HRC CLUB TEAM MITANI IAS RTL260F Tomoyuki Ogawa JTR IAS Champion
HRC CLUB Power Craft IAS RTL260F Taichi Tanaka JTR IAS 4th
HRC CLUB Power Craft IAS RTL260F Kazuhiro Onishi JTR IAS 9th
HRC CLUB TEAM MITANI IAS RTL260F Takeshi Ogawa JTR IAS 10th
HRC CLUB TEAM MITANI IAS RTL260F Fumihiko Komori JTR IA 2nd
HRC CLUB TEAM MITANI IAS RTL260F Hideaki Mitani JTR IA 3rd
- IA RTL260F Motoharu Honda JTR IA 5th
HRC CLUB Kantou SW Maruyama IA RTL260F Kenji Takeya JTR IA 6th
HRC CLUB TEAM MITANI IA RTL260F Yuuto Tanaka JTR IA 8th
* This information is provisional and subject to change


Main Honda teams and riders participating in the World Superbike (WSB) Championship and the World Supersport (WSS) Championship, with support provided by Honda Motor Europe Ltd.

Taking part in the World Superbike (WSB) Championship as members of private teams supported by Honda Motor Europe Ltd. (HME), Honda's overseas subsidiary, will be Ryuichi Kiyonari, winner of consecutive series championships in the British Superbike (BSB) Championship in 2006 and 2007, and Shuhei Aoyama, competitor in the 250cc class of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix until last year and third recipient of the Honda Racing Scholarship, which was started in 2004 as a scholarship for fostering young Japanese rider talent. Also competing in the WSB as members of an HME-supported team are Carlos Checa, 2007 MotoGP participant as a member of a satellite team and Suzuka 8hours World Endurance Championship Race participant as a member of a works team, and Kenan Sofuoglu, far ahead of other riders as the runaway winner of the World Supersport (WSS) Championship in 2007.
Jonathan Rea, who last year took the No. 2 spot in the BSB Championship behind champion and teammate Ryuichi Kiyonari will compete in the World Supersport (WSS) Championship, riding a CBR600RR as a member of the same team as Kiyonari, who will enter the WSB as already mentioned.

Major team/rider for World Super Bike Championship (WSB)
Team Class Bike Rider 2007 Result
Hannspree Ten Kate Team WSB CBR1000RR Ryuichi Kiyonari BSB (British Superbike) Champion
Hannspree Ten Kate Team WSB CBR1000RR Carlos Checa MotoGP 14t
Hannspree Ten Kate Team WSB CBR1000RR Kenan Sofuoglu WSS Champion
Alto Evolution Honda Racing WSB CBR1000RR Shuhei Aoyama WGP 250cc 12th
Alto Evolution Honda Racing WSB CBR1000RR Luca Morelli WSB 22nd
Hannspree Althea WSB CBR1000RR Roberto Rolfo WSB 8th
Team DFX Honda WSB CBR1000RR Karl Muggeridge WSB 16th
Team DFX Honda WSB CBR1000RR Russell Holland AUC (Australian Superbike) 6th
* This information is provisional and subject to change



Major team/rider for World Super Sports Championship (WSS)
Team Class Bike Rider 2007 Result
Hannspree Ten Kate Team WSS CBR600RR Jonathan Rea BSB (British Superbike) 2nd
Hannspree Ten Kate Team WSS CBR600RR Andrew Pitt WSS 17th
Hannspree Althea WSS CBR600RR Gianluca Nannelli WSS 13th
Hannspree Althea WSS CBR600RR Tommy Hill WSS 22nd
Hannspree Stiggy WSS CBR600RR Robbin Harms WSS 7th
Hannspree Stiggy WSS CBR600RR Joshua Brookes WSS 28th
* This information is provisional and subject to change