Honda-The Power of Dreams
Honda 2010 Motorsports Overview

February 19, 2010 – In its motorsports activities, the symbol of Honda's challenging spirit, the company has aimed for the world's top level from the days of its founding and taken on challenges in a variety of racing categories. Last year marked Honda's 50th anniversary of first racing at the Isle of Man TT, in the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (WGP). With the know-how and challenging spirit cultivated in its motorsports activities, Honda will develop activities to meet more customers' expectations. The company will bring joy to customers in each racing category and share with them the dreams and excitement generated by these activities.

1. Motorsports Strategy

Motorcycle activities
  In the MotoGP, the premier class of the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (WGP), the Repsol Honda factory team will compete with two riders: Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, while the satellite team will enter three teams with four riders. Their machine, the RC212V has been matured to develop a more highly competitive model. Through improvement of both team structure and machines, Honda will take on the challenge of winning all three championship titles, capturing the rider's title as well as the team and constructor's.

The Moto2 class has been established as a new WGP racing category this season. Honda will participate in this category as the sole official engine supplier. Honda will supply all teams with engines developed exclusively for the Moto2 class but derived from the in-line 4-cylinder engine of Honda's commercially sold, supersports model CBR600RR.

Repsol Montesa Honda will compete in the World Trial Championship Series (WCT), entering two Honda riders in this class: Toni Bou, who puts up an impressive set of skills, and Takahisa Fujinami, a veteran Japanese rider. Honda aims to capture both the rider's and manufacturer's titles as it did last season.

Honda will carry out a wide range of racing activities that include Suzuka 8hours Endurance Road Race, all categories of the All-Japan Championship Series, and international championships, and compete in each race aiming for the highest height.

Automobile activities
  In North America, Honda began its participation in IRL® IndyCar® Series in 2003 and became the sole engine supplier to the category from 2006. Once again this year, Honda will provide all teams with a V8 HI10R engine running on 100% ethanol fuel. Japanese drivers show full participation in the IRL®, including Hideki Mutoh racing for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and Takuma Sato, who was active in Formula One, racing for the KV Racing Technology team this season.

For racing activities within Japan, Honda will compete in the Super GT Series with a newly developed HSV-010 GT, entering five teams and five race cars. As part of the Honda GT Project, this new machine was developed under the leadership of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. with the collaboration of M-TEC Co., Ltd. and Dome Co., Ltd. With this machine in hand, Honda is shooting for a title win in this machine's debut.

In Formula Nippon, where Honda won the dual titles of driver and team championship last season, Honda will enter three teams and equip five cars with the 3.4-liter V-8 HR10E engine.

With the objective of developing drivers who can claim the podium at top-level races both inside and outside of Japan, Honda will actively strive to develop young racers through the Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP). Honda will promote the cultivation of new talent through the Suzuka Circuit Racing School Kart (SRS-K) and Suzuka Circuit Racing School Formula (SRS-F) racing schools in addition to Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ), the Japanese Formula 3 Championship and Formula Nippon.


2. Expanding the Popularity of Motorsports

Mobilityland Corporation will continue to host racing events and actively create venues and opportunities for people to watch, participate in, and enjoy racing, contributing to the further growth of motorsports culture in Japan.

Mobilityland will be hosting the Grand Prix of Japan, Round 2 of the Road Racing World Championship; the Grand Prix of Japan, Round 3 of the World Trial Championship Series at Twin Ring Motegi; and the Japanese Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2010 Formula One World Championship at Suzuka International Racing Course. Through these races, the company provides fans with opportunities to watch and feel a variety of Japanese and international motorsports events including these premier two- and four-wheel races. 


Main international races to be hosted by Mobilityland

Category Schedule Title Circuit
WGP April 23-25 2010 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
Round 2 Grand Prix of Japan
Twin Ring Motegi, Tochigi
WCT June 5-6 2010 FIM Trial World Championship
Round 3 Grand Prix of Japan
Twin Ring Motegi, Tochigi
EWC July 22-25 FIM Endurance World Championship
Round 3 Suzuka 8hours Endurance Road Race
Suzuka Circuit,
Mie
IRL September 17-19 2010 IRL IndyCar Series
Round 16 INDY JAPAN 300 mile
Twin Ring Motegi, Tochigi
F1 October 8-10 2010 F1 World Championship
Round 16 Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit,
Mie

To provide Honda vehicle owners with opportunities to watch, participate, and enjoy, the Enjoy Honda program will be held again this year and is scheduled for Suzuka Circuit on April 17-18 (Sat.-Sun.) at the same time as the Suzuka 2&4 Race and for Twin Ring Motegi on August 7-8 (Sat.-Sun.) during Formula Nippon Round 4.

The Honda Exciting Cup One-Make Race - Civic Series will also continue this year, with events held in a variety of areas where customers can participate and enjoy.


<Overview of Motorcycle Racing Strategy>

[Road Races]
♦FIM*1 Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
< MotoGP class>
Once again this year, Honda will compete in the MotoGP class, the premier class of the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (WGP)-the world's top-level race-and take on challenges with the aim of winning all three championship titles, recapturing the rider's title as well as the team and constructor's.

The Repsol Honda factory team will compete with two riders: the veteran Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, who is in his second year as a factory rider. The team has made some personnel changes to augment its total power for winning these championship titles. Kazuhiko Yamano (HRC*2), who has served as Team Manager, will take over as HRC Team Director and oversee all operations including the factory teams and satellite teams. For the factory team, Toshiyuki Yamaji (HRC) will become the new Team Manager and will direct the entire Repsol Honda team. To enhance the riders' potential, Alberto Puig (Spain), who formerly served as crew chief, has been appointed as the Pedrosa Team Manager for this season. For the Dovizioso team, Gianni Berti (Italy), another former crew chief, has been appointed as the Dovizioso Team Manager. In this way, Honda will strengthen its organization as it seeks to regain the championship titles this season.

Three teams and four riders will compete for the satellite teams. Hiroshi Aoyama of the Interwetten Honda MotoGP team, who won the championship brilliantly in last year's 250cc Grand Prix, has stepped up to the premier class and will be the only Japanese rider to compete in this class this season. Also competing will be the Italian rider Marco Simoncelli of Team San Carlo Honda Gresini, who rode in the 250cc class last year and fought for the championship with Hiroshi Aoyama up to the final race. These two riders will be competing in the MotoGP class as rookies from Honda. Simoncelli will be joined by teammate Marco Melandri, who is returning to Honda this season. The veteran rider Randy De Puniet will participate again from LCR Honda MotoGP, aiming for a top position.

HRC plans to race six RC212V machines in this class under the guidance of Grand Prix Technical Director Shinichi Kokubu (Honda R&D*3). With the 2010 RC212V, Honda has developed a highly competitive racing machine by adding numerous improvements to the engine while redesigning the chassis to match the engine characteristics.
Expectations are high for success of the six Honda riders in MotoGP World Championship Round 2, the Grand Prix of Japan (finals), which will be held at Twin Ring Motegi in Tochigi Prefecture this coming April 25.

*1 FIM stands for Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme.
*2 HRC stands for Honda Racing Corporation.
*3 Motorcycle R&D Center, Honda R&D Co., Ltd.


Team Number Rider Age Nationality 2009 Result
Repsol Honda Team 26 Dani Pedrosa 24 Spain MotoGP 3rd
4 Andrea Dovizioso 23 Italy MotoGP 6th
Team San Carlo Honda Gresini 58 Marco Simoncelli 23 Italy WGP 250cc 3rd
33 Marco Melandri 27 Italy MotoGP 10th
Interwetten Honda MotoGP 7 Hiroshi Aoyama 28 Chiba, Japan WGP 250cc Champion
LCR Honda MotoGP 14 Randy De Puniet 29 France MotoGP 11th


< Moto2 class>
As the sole engine supplier, Honda will participate in the Moto2 class in a new era of the WGP.

The Moto2 class is a new category that has been created to replace the 2-stroke 250cc class. Making its debut in the 2010 season, this class covers engines with intermediate displacement and was formed as a step-up to the MotoGP class. All machines will be equipped with Honda-made 4-stroke 600cc engines. This engine is derived from the in-line 4-cylinder engine of Honda's commercially sold, supersports model CBR600RR and was developed exclusively for the Moto2 class. Honda will supply these engines to all teams for each round of the series, and HRC has signed a maintenance agreement with Geo Technology of Switzerland to support the engine supply for all rounds. The engines will undergo strict inspection and maintenance before arriving at each team, so that every engine can put out the same performance. Tires will also be supplied by a single manufacturer, Dunlop, while manufacturer prototypes will be permitted for the chassis.

Having the engines supplied by a single manufacturer will make the competition among riders and teams even fiercer. The class is expected to attract a lot of attention as a new category that serves as the stepping stone to the premier class. This is the first time for the one-make engine rule to be adopted in the 60-year history of WGP, and by supplying engines to the Moto2 class and strongly supporting WGP as a result, Honda will contribute to the development of two-wheel motorsports.

Two Japanese riders will be racing in this new category: Yuki Takahashi from Tech 3 Racing, who has competed in the MotoGP class before, and Shoya Tomizawa from Technomag-CIP, in his second year of World Grand Prix racing.


Team Number Rider Nationality Constructor
SPEED UP APRILIA 2 GABOR TALMACSI Hungary SPEED UP
29 ANDREA IANNONE Italy SPEED UP
VIESSMANN KIEFER RACING 4 STEFAN BRADL Germany SUTER
JACK&JONES BY A.BANDERAS 5 JOAN OLIVE Spain PROMOHARRIS
9 KENNY NOYES USA PROMOHARRIS
RED BULL AJO MOTORSPORT 6 ALEX DEBON Spain FTR
PONS RACING 7 AXEL PONS Spain PONS KALEX
40 SERGIO GADEA Spain PONS KALEX
G22 HOLIDAYGYM 10 FONSI NIETO Spain MORIWAKI
88 YANNICK GUERRA Spain MORIWAKI
INTERWETTEN MORIWAKI RACING 12 THOMAS LUTHI Switzerland MORIWAKI
HONDA-SAG 14 RATTHAPARK WILAIROT Thailand SUTER
55 HECTOR FAUBEL Spain SUTER
SCOT RACING TEAM 15 ALEX DE ANGELIS San Marino SCOT
59 NICOLA CANEPA Italy SCOT
FORWARD RACING 16 JULES CLUZEL France SUTER
71 CLAUDIO CORTI Italy SUTER
CARDION AB MOTORACING 17 KAREL ABRAHAM Czech RSV
GRESINI RACING MOTO2 24 TONI ELIAS Spain MORIWAKI
61 VLADIMIR IVANOV Russia MORIWAKI
CARETTA TECHNOLOGY RACE DEPT 25 ALEX BALDOLINI Italy I.C.P.
TECH 3 RACING 35 RAFFAELE DE ROSA Italy TECH 3
72 YUKI TAKAHASHI Saitama, Japan TECH 3
KINO RACING 37 FABRICIO PERREN Argentina KINO
ITALTRANS S.T.R. 39 ROBERTINO PIETRI Venezuela SUTER
44 ROBERTO ROLFO Italy SUTER
MARC VDS RACING TEAM 45 SCOTT REDDING Britain SUTER
TECHNOMAG-CIP 48 SHOYA TOMIZAWA Chiba, Japan SUTER
77 DOMINIQUE AEGERTER Switzerland SUTER
MATTEONI C.P. RACING 52 LUKAS PESEK Czech MORIWAKI
WTR SAN MARINO TEAM 53 VALENTIN DEBISE France ADV
VECTOR KIEFER RACING 56 VLADIMIR LEONOV Russia SUTER
MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM 60 JULIAN SIMON Spain RSV
63 MIKE DI MEGLIO France RSV
JIR MOTO2 75 MATTIA PASINI Italy TSR
TBA TBA TBA TSR
BLUSENS BQR 76 BERNAT MARTINEZ Spain BQR-MOTO2
95 MASHEL AL NAIMI Qatar BQR-MOTO2
(Reserve)
MARC VDS RACING TEAM
27 VINCENT LONBOIS Belgium SUTER
(Reserve)
MZ RACING TEAM
TBA ANTHONY WEST Australia MZ
Source: FIM announcement of 2010 Moto2 class provisional entry list as of January 27.
This entry list is provisional and subject to change.

[Trials]
♦FIM World Trials Championship Series

Repsol Montesa Honda will compete again this year in the FIM World Trial Championship Series (WCT*4). Two riders will compete from Honda in this class: Toni Bou, who put up impressive performances in outdoor trials as well as indoors to win the championships for the third straight year, and Takahisa Fujinami, an experienced and highly skilled rider who is currently the only Japanese rider in the World Trial Championship.
For machines, Honda will run two Montesa COTA 4RTs equipped with matured and more competitive 4-stroke engines. Honda aims to capture both the rider's and manufacturer's titles as it did last season.

Round 3 of the World Trial Championship Series will be held in Japan on June 5-6 of this year at Twin Ring Motegi in Tochigi Prefecture. We can expect to see some powerful performances displayed by the leading riders participating from around the world alongside Takahisa Fujinami.

*4 WCT stands for World Championship Trial.

Team Number Rider Age Nationality 2009 Result
REPSOL MONTESA HONDA 1 Toni Bou 23 Spain Champion
3 Takahisa Fujinami 30 Mie, Japan 3rd


[FIM Endurance World Championship Series]
♦Suzuka 8hours Endurance Road Race
To heighten the attraction of the 33rd Suzuka 8hours Endurance Road Race, Honda plans to enter riders who are active in overseas championship races such as the WGP, WSB, and BSB. These riders are expected to come from such teams as F. C. C. TSR Honda and MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO., which have competed in the Suzuka 8hours on many occasions.

HRC will provide technical support to these teams such as loaning the highly competitive CBR1000RR.

Team Machine Rider Rider
F.C.C.TSR Honda CBR1000RRW Koyu Akiyoshi TBA
MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO. CBR1000RRW Takumi Takahashi TBA
This entry list is provisional and subject to change.


<Reference information>

Main Honda teams and riders participating in the All-Japan Championship Series races
In collaboration with the Honda Racing Corporation and the technical staff of the Motorcycle R&D Center of Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Honda Motorcycle Japan will sponsor the "Honda Racing Family Racing Service" for all Honda riders participating in each road race or motocross event of the MFJ All-Japan Championship Series. Through this service, they will support the racing activities of Honda riders by providing machine-setting and advice on riding techniques. For the All-Japan Trial Championship, Honda Racing Corporation will provide support to teams and riders, especially those belonging to HRC Clubs under HRC service shops.

Specifically, individual training programs will be created for riders in the Weider Training Lab with Morinaga & Co., Ltd.'s cooperation. Each program will be set up based on the rider's racing results and includes basic fitness training and condition adjustment. HRC will strive actively to cultivate new talent in the Suzuka Circuit Racing School Junior (SRS-J) and motocross augmented training, contributing to the further improvement of riding skills.


[Road racing]
♦MFJ*5 All-Japan Road Racing Championship Series

*5 MFJ stands for Motorcycle Federation of Japan.

Team Class Machine Rider 2009 Result
Honda DREAM RT Sakurai Honda JSB1000 CBR1000RRK Chojun Kameya JRR JSB1000 6th
Keihin Kohara Racing Team & TSR JSB1000 CBR1000RRK Shinichi Ito JRR JSB1000 7th
MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO. JSB1000 CBR1000RRK Takumi Takahashi JRR JSB1000 8th
F.C.C. TSR Honda JSB1000 CBR1000RRK Kosuke Akiyoshi JRR JSB1000 10th
TSR ST600 CBR600RR Yusuke Teshima JRR ST600
Champion
MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO. ST600 CBR600RR Ryuta Kobayashi JRR ST600 4th
TSR ST600 CBR600RR Satoru Iwata JRR ST600 6th
Teluru Honeybee Racing ST600 CBR600RR Hiroki Noda JRR ST600 10th
Moriwaki Club ST600 CBR600RR Tatsuya Yamaguchi JRR JSB1000 3rd
MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO. ST600 CBR600RR Takaaki Nakagami WGP 125cc 16th
Burning Blood RT ST600 CBR600RR Kazuki Tokudome --
MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO. J-GP2 CBR600RR Yoshiteru Konishi JRR ST600 5th
Burning Blood RT J-GP2 CBR600RR Koki Takahashi JRR ST600 12th
Team name to be arranged J-GP3 RS125R Hiroyuki Kikuchi JRR GP125
Champion
Team Alliance J-GP3 RS125R Masaki Tokudome JRR GP125 4th
18 GARAGE RACING TEAM J-GP3 RS125R Hikaru Okubo JRR GP125 6th
Okegawa Zyuku & ENDURANCE J-GP3 RS125R Yuma Yahagi JRR GP125 7th
Team NOBBY J-GP3 RS125R Daijiro Hiura JRR GP125 9th
Team NOBBY J-GP3 RS125R Takehiro Yamamoto JRR GP125 10th
Team KOMURO With HARC-PRO. GP-MONO HP250F Akira Komuro JRR GP-MONO 2nd
TSR GP-MONO CRF250 Kenta Fujii JRR GP-MONO 3rd
J-GP2 is a newly created class. Participating machines will be equipped with ST600 class engines (4-stroke: 401cc-600cc) which have been officially approved by MFJ. For the frame, modification based on the frame approved for the ST600 class (minimum machine weight: 148 kg) or use of a newly designed frame (minimum machine weight: 153 kg) is permitted.
J-GP3 is a new name for the GP125 class, in which machines equipped with 2-stroke single cylinder 85cc-125 cc engines and 4-stroke single cylinder 175cc-250cc engines compete in the same race.
GP-MONO is a class for machines with 4-stroke single cylinder 250cc engines.
This entry list is provisional and subject to change.


[Motocross racing]
♦MFJ All-Japan Motocross Championship Series


Main Honda teams and riders for All-Japan Motocross Racing Championship

Team Class Machine Rider 2009 Result
DREAM Honda RT Masuda IA1 CRF450R Kazumasa Masuda JMX IA1 2nd
SEKI Racing MotoRoman & KBF-RS IA1 CRF450R Yoshiki Kitai JMX IA1 5th
DREAM Honda RT Fukudome IA1 CRF450R Yoshihide Fukudome JMX IA1 7th
Honda Dream RT Takahama IA1 CRF450R Kenjiro Tsuji JMX IA1 9th
DREAM Honda RT Ogata IA1 CRF450R Makoto Ogata JMX IA1 12th
TEAM HAMMER IA1 CRF450R Ryuichiro Takahama JMX IA1 20th
DREAM Honda RT Hirata IA1 CRF450R Yu Hirata JMX IA2 2nd
SEKI Racing MotoRoman &
KBF-RS
IA2 CRF250R Koichi Fukaya JMX IA2 4th
T.E.SPORT IA2 CRF250R Ryota Kurosawa JMX IA2 17th
T.E.SPORT IA2 CRF250R Toshiki Tomita JMX IA2 22nd
SEKI Racing MotoRoman &
KBF-RS
IA2 CRF250R Yuui Hoshino JMX IA2 28th
T.E.SPORT IA2 CRF250R Yusuke Kondo JMX IB2 4th
SEKI Racing MotoRoman &
KBF-RS
Ladies CRF150R Haruna Masu JMX Ladies
Champion
TEAM HAMMER Ladies CRF150R Izumi Yamamoto JMX Ladies 4th
IA1 (Engine displacement: 2-stroke/175cc-250cc, 4-stroke/290cc-450cc)
IA2 (Engine displacement: 2-stroke/100cc-125cc, 4-stroke/175cc-250cc)
Ladies (Engine displacement: 2-stroke/51cc-85cc, 4-stroke/85cc-150cc)
This entry list is provisional and subject to change.


[Trials]
♦MFJ All-Japan Trials Championship Series

Main Honda teams and riders for All-Japan Trials Championship

Team Class Machine Rider 2009 Result
HRC CLUB TEAM MITANI IAS RTL260F Tomoyuki Ogawa JTR IAS 2nd
HRC CLUB Power Craft IAS RTL260F Isao Shibuya JTR IAS 5th
HRC CLUB Power Craft IAS RTL260F Kazuhiro Onishi*6 JTR IAS 7th
HRC CLUB TEAM MITANI IAS RTL260F Akira Shibata JTR IAS 8th
HRC CLUB TEAM MITANI IAS RTL260F Akio Saito JTR IAS 9th
HRC CLUB Cruise IA RTL260F Takashi Ono JTR IA 3rd
HRC CLUB TEAM MITANI IA RTL260F Hideaki Mitani JTR IAS 11th
HRC CLUB Kanto SW Maruyama IA RTL260F Masatoshi Okamura JTR IA 7th
*6 Spot participation
IAS (International Super A class) IA (International A class)
This entry list is provisional and subject to change.


♦Main Honda teams and riders participating in other overseas championship races

<WSB*7>

Four teams and five riders will compete in the World Superbike Championship (WSB), riding on Honda CBR1000RRs. Jonathan Rea will again participate from the private team HANNspree Ten Kate Honda.* As his teammate, we welcome Max Neukirchner with his wealth of experience in WSB. Makoto Tamada, who has been active as a Honda rider in the All Japan Road Race Championship as well as Suzuka 8hours and MotoGP, will also be back with Honda team this season after four years. As a veteran rider who can draw on his cultivated experience, hopes are high for Tamada to rank in a top position at WSB again this season.
*7 WSB stands for World Superbike Championship.

Main Honda teams and riders for the World Superbike Championship (WSB)

Team Number Machine Rider 2009 Result
ECHO CRS Grand Prix* 23 CBR1000RR Broc Parkes WSB 18th
Squadra Corse Italia* 31 CBR1000RR Vittorio Iannuzzo WSB 40th
Pro-Ride World Superbike Racing Team 49 CBR1000RR Makoto Tamada WSB 27th
HANNspree Ten Kate Honda* 65 CBR1000RR Jonathan Rea WSB 5th
76 CBR1000RR Max Neukirchner WSB 16th
* Team supported by Honda Motor Europe (HME)
This entry list is provisional and subject to change.


<WSS*8>

In the World Supersport Championship (WSS), seven Honda teams and 12 riders will participate, competing on the Honda CBR600RR. Eugene Laverty and Kenan Sofuoglu, who turned in excellent results last season, as well as numerous other Honda riders with WSS racing experience will take part. Paola Cazzola of Kuja Racing is the first woman rider to show full participation in WSS. Honda will challenge itself not only to recapture the rider's championship but also to gain its 8th consecutive manufacturer's title.
*8 WSS stands for World Supersport Championship.

Main Honda teams and riders for the World Supersport Championship (WSS)

Team Number Bike Rider 2009 Result
Intermoto Czech 4 CBR600RR Gino Rea European Superstock 600cc Champion
55 CBR600RR Massimo Roccoli WSS 11th
Cresto Guide Racing Team 5 CBR600RR Alexander Lundh Superstock 1000cc 23rd
Kuja Racing 9 CBR600RR Danilo Dell‘Omo WSS 19th
33 CBR600RR Paola Cazzola -
Piasecki Team 12 CBR600RR Daniel Bukowski -
Parkalgar Honda* 50 CBR600RR Eugene Laverty WSS 2nd
117 CBR600RR Miguel Praia WSS 15th
HANNspree Ten Kate Honda* 51 CBR600RR Michele Pirro WSS 12th
54 CBR600RR Kenan Sofuoglu WSS 3rd
Harms Benjan Racing 127 CBR600RR Robbin Harms WSS 17th
TBA CBR600RR TBA -
* Team supported by Honda Motor Europe (HME)
This entry list is provisional and subject to change.


<BSB*9>
Two riders, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Josh Brookes, will compete in the British Superbike Championship (BSB), as members of HM Plant Honda team of the local subsidiary, Honda U.K. Kiyonari raced in the WSB until last year, but is returning to compete in the BSB starting this season. He took the BSB championships for two consecutive years (2006 and 2007), while his teammate Brookes has been competing as an HM Plant Honda rider since last season. Drawing on his abundant racing experience, Brookes is aiming at the top position in the BSB.
*9 BSB stands for British Superbike Championship.

Main Honda teams and riders for the British Superbike Championship (BSB)

Team Number Bike Rider 2009 Result
HM Plant Honda 4 CBR1000RR Josh Brookes BSB 4th
8 CBR1000RR Ryuichi Kiyonari WSB 11th
This entry list is provisional and subject to change.


<WMX*10>

Three teams and five riders will compete in the MX1 class, the premier class of the World Motocross Championship (WMX). Jimmy Albertson, who participated in the AMA Motocross Championship until last year, will be joined by Tanel Leok, Gareth Swanepoel, and other Honda riders, riding on highly competitive CRF450R motocrossers. Alessandro Battig, switched racing categories from the European Motocross Championship (EMX2) to WMX, will compete in the MX2 class with a CRF250R.
*10 WMX stands for World Motocross Championship.

Main Honda teams and riders for the World Motocross Championship (WMX) MX1 class

Class Team Machine Rider 2009 Result
MX1 Honda Racing Martin* CRF450R Jimmy Albertson AMA Motocross 10th
LS Motors Honda CRF450R Tanel Leok MX1 7th
CRF450R Davide Guarneri MX2 4th
CAS Honda Team CRF450R Gareth Swanepoel MX1 8th
CRF450R Evgueni Bobryshev X2 20th
* Team supported by Honda Motor Europe (HME)
MX1 (Engine displacement: 2-stroke/175cc-250cc, 4-stroke/290cc-450cc)
This entry list is provisional and subject to change.


Main Honda teams and riders for the World Motocross Championship (WMX) MX2 class

Class Team Machine Rider 2009 Result
MX2 Honda Racing Martin* CRF250R Alessandro Battig European Motocross Championship
EMX2
* Team supported by Honda Motor Europe (HME)
MX2 (Engine displacement: 2-stroke/100cc-125cc, 4-stroke/175cc-250cc)
This entry list is provisional and subject to change.


<WEC*11>
In the World Enduro Championship (WEC), Mika Ahola, who won the championship of the E1 class last year, will step up to the E2 class to join teammate Oscar Balletti in their quest for the championship. Fabio Mossini will compete in the E1 class and aim for a top position with his wealth of WEC racing experience.
*11 WEC stands for World Enduro Championship.

Main Honda teams and riders for the World Enduro Championship (WEC) E2 class

Class Team Machine Rider 2009 Result
E2 Team Jolly Racing CRF450R Mika Ahola E1 Champion
CRF450R Oscar Balletti E2 12th
E2 (Engine displacement: 2-stroke/175cc-250cc, 4-stroke/290cc-450cc)
This entry list is provisional and subject to change.


Main Honda teams and riders for the World Enduro Championship (WEC) E1 class

Class Team Machine Rider 2009 Result
E1 Team Jolly Racing CRF250R Fabio Mossini E3 6th
E1 (Engine displacement: 2-stroke/100cc-125cc, 4-stroke/175-250cc)
This entry list is provisional and subject to change.



<Overview of Automobile Racing Strategy>

♦IRL® IndyCar® Series
As the sole supplier for the IRL® IndyCar® Series, Honda Performance Development Inc. (HPD), a subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will supply the 3.5-liter V8 HI10R engine to all teams.

Japanese drivers show full participation in the IRL®, including Hideki Mutoh racing for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing this season and starting his third year as a IndyCar® driver and Takuma Sato, who was active in the Formula One, taking on the first challenge in IRL® IndyCar® Series and racing for the KV Racing Technology team.

Team Number Driver Age Nationality 2009 Result
Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing - Hideki Mutoh 27 Tokyo, Japan IRL 11th
KV Racing Technolog - Takuma Sato 33 Tokyo, Japan -


♦Super GT
Honda is switching from the NSX-GT after 13 years*12 of competition and bringing out the HSV-010 GT with five vehicles to be raced by five teams in the GT500 class. This new machine was developed by Honda R&D in cooperation with M-TEC Co., Ltd. and Dome Co., Ltd. in the Honda GT Project and fuels Honda's hopes for capturing the dual team and driver's titles.
*12 Including the former All Japan GT Championship, the predecessor to Super GT

Team Number Driver Age Nationality 2009 Result
AUTOBACS RACING TEAM AGURI 8 Ralph Firman 34 Britain GT500 2nd
Yuji Ide 35 Saitama, Japan GT500 13th
KEIHIN REAL RACING 17 Toshihiro Kaneishi 31 Osaka, Japan GT500 5th
Kodai Tsukakoshi 23 Tochigi, Japan GT500 5th
Weider Honda Racing 18 Takashi Kogure 29 Gunma, Japan GT500 6th
Loic Duval 27 France GT500 16th
EPSON NAKAJIMA RACING 32 Ryo Michigami 36 Nara, Japan GT500 6th
Yuhki Nakayama 22 Ishikawa, Japan GT500 16th
Team Kunimitsu 100 Takuya Izawa 25 Tokyo, Japan GT500 2nd
Naoki Yamamoto 21 Tochigi, Japan F3 N Class
Champion


♦Formula Nippon
Honda will equip three teams and five cars through Japan Race Promotion Co., Ltd. with the 3.4-liter V-8 HR10E engine, which helped claim the driver and team titles last year.

Team Number Driver Age Nationality 2009 Result
DOCOMO TEAM DANDELION RACING 1 Loic Duval 27 France FN Champion
2 Takuya Izawa 25 Tokyo, Japan FN 8th
HFDP RACING 10 Kodai Tsukakoshi 23 Tochigi, Japan FN 7th
NAKAJIMA RACING 31 Naoki Yamamoto 21 Tochigi, Japan F3 N Class
Champio
32 Takashi Kogure 29 Gunma, Japan FN 4th
Car numbers are tentative and subject to change.


♦Japanese Formula Three Championship
Toda Racing will participate in the C (Championship) class of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship on a machine equipped with the Honda-based MF204C engine.

Developing Talent: Formula Dream Project
For developing future racing talent, Honda is expanding the Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP), which is directed at discovering and cultivating skilled, young drivers to be active in Japanese and overseas racing. This season, HFDP will support one driver to compete in Formula Nippon, two drivers who will race in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship N (National) Class, and one driver to take part in the British F3 International.

Naoki Yamamoto, who won the championship in the N class of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship in 2009, will step up to Super GT and Formula Nippon, while Kazuki Miura, who won the championship in Formula Challenge Japan, moves up to the N class of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship.

Category Team Driver Age Nationality 2009 Result
Formula Nippon HFDP RACING Kodai Tsukakoshi 23 Tochigi, Japan FN 7th
ALL Japan
F3 N Class
HFDP RACING Takashi Kobayashi 22 Hiroshima, Japan F3 N Class 4th
HFDP RACING Kazuki Miura 21 Iwate, Japan FCJ Champion
British F3 Raikkonen Robertson Racing Daisuke Nakajima 21 Aichi, Japan British F3 7th


Together with two other automakers,*13 Honda has established the Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ), a Junior Formula Race for the "discovery and cultivation of skilled young drivers to be active on the world stage." As part of its ongoing participation in FCJ, Honda will support the participation of four drivers with scholarships.
*13 Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ): New Junior Formula car race was created in 2006 through the cooperation of three automakers: Toyota, Nissan, and Honda. The concept places its focus on the discovery and training of young, skilled drivers to be active on the world stage and supporting the future by fostering talent to expand the foundation of Japanese motorsports.