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November 17, 2015

Honda Announces Plans for 2016 Motorcycle Motorsports Activities

- Honda’s Participation in World Championship Racing and Dakar Rally 2016 -

In August this year, 56 years since first participating in the FIM Road Racing World Championship Series in 1959, Honda achieved an unprecedented 700 victories by winning in the MotoGP class. To Honda, racing activities are its driving force, and Honda’s participation in the world’s top class of motor sports not only enables it to hone its technologies, but apply the racing spirit and ideas to many of its products. As the leading personal mobility company, Honda continues to provide people worldwide with enjoyment and happiness through its products and racing activities, and, with its belief in its corporate slogan “The Power of Dreams,” will realize its - and customers’ - dreams.

Review of Honda’s 2015 Motorcycle World Championship Racing Activities

In the 2015 season, Honda participated in 8 classes in 6 categories of Motorcycle World Championship racing, and the Dakar 2015. In the FIM*1 Trial World Championship Series (WCT), Toni Bou achieved an unprecedented 9th consecutive championship title. Tim Gajser won his first championship in the FIM Motocross World Championship Series (MXGP) MX2 class, as did Danny Kent in the MotoGP FIM Road Racing World Championship Series Moto3 class.

Honda’s 2016 Participation in Motorcycle World Championship Racing

1.FIM Road Racing World Championship Series (MotoGP)
<MotoGP Class>
Honda aims to win back the MotoGP class title, with double-world champion (2013 / 2014) Marc Márquez, and 11-year MotoGP class veteran Dani Pedrosa riding for Honda’s factory team*2 “Repsol Honda Team” on 2016 RC213V factory machines. With Cal Crutchlow (CWM LCR Honda), and Jack Miller (MARC VDS Racing Team) and Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) will also ride 2016 RC213Vs, Honda aims to win the “Triple Crown;” the riders’, constructors’, and team titles.

Team Number Machine Rider Age Nationality 2015
Repsol Honda Team


Marc Márquez
22 Spain MotoGP
class 3rd
26 Dani Pedrosa
30 Spain MotoGP
class 4th
LCR Honda 35 Cal Crutchlow 30 Great
class 8th
Racing Team
43 Jack Miller
20 Australia MotoGP
class 19th
Estrella Galicia
0,0 Marc VDS
50 Tito Rabat 29 Northern
class 3rd

*1 FIM: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
*2 Honda factory team operated by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC)
*3 ★ indicates Factory team, factory bike or HRC ride

<Moto3 Class>
Victorious in the 2015 season, Honda will compete in the Moto3 class with 2016 model NSF250RW factory machines. 11 riders, including Enea Bastianini (3rd in 2015 season) and Niccolò Antonelli (4th in 2015 season) will aim to give Honda its third consecutive championship title.

Team Number Machine Rider Age Nationality 2015
Estrella Galicia 0,0 44 NSF250RW
Aron Canet 16 Spain CEV
Moto3 3rd
99 Jorge Navarro 19 Spain Moto3
class 7th
Ongetta-Rivacold 23 Niccolò
19 Italy Moto3
class 5th
95 Jules Danilo 20 France Moto3
class 26th
Drive M7 SIC
Racing Team
7 Adam Norrodin 17 Malaysia ATC
84 Jakub Kornfeil 22 Czech
class 12th
Gresini Racing
33 Enea Bastianini 17 Italy Moto3
class 3rd
21 Fabio Di
17 Italy CIV
Moto3 2nd
Honda Team Asia 76 Hiroki Ono 23 Japan Moto3
class 21th
89 Khairul Idham
17 Malaysia CEV
Moto3 6th
RW Racing GP BV 11 Livio Loi 18 Belgium Moto3
class 16th

2.FIM Trial World Championship Series (WCT)
Honda aims to claim an unprecedented 11th consecutive constructors’ title and 10th consecutive riders’ title, with 9-time consecutive champion Toni Bou, 21-year WCT veteran Takahisa Fujinami, and this season rising star Jaime Busto riding COTA4RT factory machines for Honda’s factory team, “Repsol Honda Team.”

Team Number Machine Rider Age Nationality 2015
Repsol Honda Team
Toni Bou
29 Spain WCT
5 Takahisa
35 Japan WCT 5th
6 Jaime Busto
18 Spain WCT 6th

3.FIM Motocross World Championship Series (MXGP)
<MXGP: 450cc Class>
In the MXGP class, which Honda missed out on taking the title by the smallest of margins this year, Gautier Paulin, 2nd in the 2015 season, and Evgeny Bobryshev, ranked 3rd, will continue to represent Honda’s factory team, “Team HRC.” 2015 MX2 class champion Tim Gajser will join the premier class, racing for Team Honda Gariboldi Racing. All three riders will aim to win the championship on the 2016 CRF450RW factory machine. HRC rider Kei Yamamoto will ride a CRF450R to compete in the class for Team Assomotor Honda.

Team Number Machine Rider Age Nationality 2015
Team HRC
21 CRF450RW
Gautier Paulin
25 France MXGP
777 Evgeny Bobryshev
28 Russia MXGP
Team Honda
Gariboldi Racing
243 Tim Gajser
19 Slovenia MX2 class
Team Assomotor
400 CRF450R Kei Yamamoto
23 Japan MXGP

<MX2: 250cc Class>
In the MX2 class, Honda aims to defend its 2015 title with 19 year old Jorge Zaragoza racing for the championship team, Team Honda Gariboldi Racing, on a factory machine CRF250RW.

Team Number Machine Rider Age Nationality 2015
Team Honda
Gariboldi Racing
101 CRF250RW
Jorge Zaragoza
19 Spain MX2 class

4.AMA*4 SuperCross World Championship Series (450SX)
Honda’s factory team “Team Honda HRC” will aim for a more successful season in 2016, with Cole Seely, winner of 1 race prix in his rookie year, and Trey Canard, winner of 2 races despite fighting injuries, riding CRF450Rs to challenge for the title.

Team Number Machine Rider Age Nationality 2015
Team Honda HRC
14 CRF450R Cole Seely
25 USA 450SX
41 Trey Canard
25 USA 450SX

*4 AMA: American Motorcyclist Association

5. FIM Superbike World Championship Series (WSB)
Honda World Superbike Team, supported by Honda Motor Europe Ltd. (Honda’s European regional headquarters), will compete in the series with 2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden and Michael van der Mark riding CBR1000RR machines.

Team Number Machine Rider Age Nationality 2015
Honda World
Superbike Team
69 CBR1000RR Nicky Hayden 34 USA MotoGP
class 3rd
60 Michael van der
23 The

6. FIM Supersport World Championship Series (WSS)
PTR World Supersport Team, supported by Honda Motor Europe Ltd., will compete in the series with Kyle Smith riding CBR600RR machines.

Team Number Machine Rider Age Nationality 2015
PTR World Supersport Team 111 CBR600RR Kyle Smith 24 Great

The Dakar 2016
In its fourth year after returning to the Dakar, Honda’s factory team “Team HRC,” armed with 2016 CRF450 RALLY factory machines, will once again be represented by ace rider Joan Barreda and 2015 runner-up Paulo Goncalves, joined by Michael Metge, Paolo Ceci and Ricky Brabec, to win its first title in 27 years, since its Paris Dakar victory in 1988.

Team Number Machine Rider Age Nationality 2015
Team HRC
6 CRF450
Joan Barreda
32 Spain Dakar
Rally 17th
2 Paulo Goncalves
36 Portugal Dakar
Rally 2nd
19 Michael Metge
36 France -
32 Paolo Ceci
40 Italy Dakar
Rally 14th
48 Ricky Brabec
24 USA -