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January 12, 2018

Honda 2018 Motorsports Program Overview

January 12, 2018 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced plans for its motorsports activities for the 2018 season and initiatives to expand the popularity of motorsports.

Since the days of its founding, Honda has been engaged in various motorsports activities in pursuit of being the best in the world. Last year, in the area of motorcycle racing, Honda captured the “Triple Crown” – rider, constructor and team championships – in the FIM*1 Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP). In the FIM Trial World Championship (WCT), Honda won the championship for the 11th consecutive year. Moreover, Honda also dominated the top class of the three categories of motorcycle races in Japan, namely the JSB1000 class of the MFJ*2 All-Japan Road Race Championship (JRR), the IA1 (450cc) class of the MFJ All-Japan Motocross Championship and the IAS class of the MFJ All-Japan Trial Championship (JTR).

Furthermore, in the area of automobile racing, Takuma Sato became the first Asian driver to win the prestigious Indianapolis 500 (Indy 500) in the 101st running of the race.

In 2018, under the corporate slogan of “The Power of Dreams,” Honda will take on continuous challenges while always being determined to win.

  • *1FIM: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
  • *2MFJ: Motorcycle Federation of Japan

<<2018 Motorsports Activities and Teams>>

Motorcycle activities

In MotoGP, the premier class of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix, Marc Márquez, the four-time World Champion who won the championship in 2017 for the second consecutive year, and Dani Pedrosa, a 13-year veteran in this class, will continue to race for Repsol Honda Team, a Honda factory team*3, riding the 2018 model of the RC213V factory machine.

In addition, four other riders will compete in MotoGP, namely Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL), Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU) who is moving up to the MotoGP class this season, Franco Morbidelli and Thomas Lüthi (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS).

With a total of three teams with six riders, Honda will strive to win the MotoGP “Triple Crown” – rider, constructor and team championships.

In the Moto3 class, where Honda won the championship last year, Honda will supply its 2018 model of the NSF250RW factory machine for 7 teams/13 riders and strive to win the championship for the second consecutive year.

In the MXGP class, the premier class of the FIM Motocross World Championship, Tim Gajser, who finished the 2017 season in 5th place and Brian Bogers, who newly joined the team this season from the MX2 class, will race for Team HRC, Honda’s factory team. Both riders will ride the 2018 model of the CRF450RW factory machine and strive to regain the championship title. Moreover, in the MX2 class, Calvin Vlaanderen will race for Team HRC, riding a CRF250RW works machine and vie for the title.

In the FIM Trial World Championship (WCT), as with last year, Toni Bou, the reigning champion for the last 11 seasons, and Takahisa Fujinami, a 24-year veteran in WCT will race for Repsol Honda Team, a Honda factory team, riding the COTA4RT factory machine.

In the 450SX class of the AMA*4 Supercross, an FIM World Championship, Cole Seely and Ken Roczen will race for Team Honda HRC, Honda’s factory team operated by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., a Honda subsidiary in the U.S. With the 2018 model of CRF450R, the riders will vie for the championship.

In the FIM Superbike World Championship (WSB), Leon Camier and Jake Gagne will race with the CBR1000RR SP2-based racing machine for Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team supported by Honda Motor Europe Ltd., a Honda subsidiary in the U.K.

In the Suzuka 8 hours Endurance Road Race, which is the final round of the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC), starting this year’s race, Takumi Takahashi will race for Team HRC, Honda’s factory team. Honda will select other riders for the team from among Honda riders who compete in the world and regional championships.

In the SS600 class of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC), Md Zaqhwan Zaidi who finished the 2017 season in second place, Azroy Anuar, who newly joined from IATC and Tomoyoshi Koyama, also new addition to the team who captured second place in the AP250 class in 2017, will race for MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing, a team striving to regain both the team and rider titles. Moreover, in the AP250 class, Astra Honda Racing Team will race for their consecutive championship.

In the JSB1000 class of the MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship (JRR), starting this season, Takumi Takahashi will begin racing for Team HRC, Honda’s factory team, riding a CBR1000RR SP2-based racing machine. In addition, Sodo Hamahara (Team Sakurai Honda), Tatsuya Yamaguchi (Team SuP Dream Honda) will race from this season. Yuki Takahashi and Ryuichi Kiyonari (MORIWAKI MOTUL RACING), Kosuke Akiyoshi (au & Teluru MotoUP Racing) will continue to race in this class for their respective teams. Moreover, Ryo Mizuno (MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO.Honda), the 2017 J-GP2 champion, will move up and face the JSB1000 class and Md Zaqhwan Zaidi will race for a new team, Honda Asia-Dream Racing.

In the IA1 class of the MFJ All-Japan Motocross Championship(JMX), Kei Yamamoto, the 2017 champion, will team up with Akira Narita who has won 11 championships in JMX series and race for Team HRC, Honda’s factory team, riding the CRF450RW factory machine, and strive to win a second consecutive championship title in this class. Moreover, in the IA2 class, Chihiro Notsuka, who has won IA2 championship in 2016 season, will race for Team HRC.

In the IAS class of the MFJ All-Japan Trial Championship (JTR), Tomoyuki Ogawa, who won his seventh championship title last year, will race for HRC CLUB MITANI riding the RTL300R and vie for the championship title for the sixth consecutive year, which is unprecedented in the IAS class.

  • *3Factory team (also known as “works team”): a team managed directly by the manufacturer that creates the racing machine. For Honda, teams operated by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) are the factory teams of Honda.
  • *4AMA: American Motorcyclist Association

Automobile activities

Honda will compete in the FIA*5 Formula One World Championship (F1) as a power unit supplier for Toro Rosso Honda (tentative) with two drivers, Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley.

In the GT500 class of the SUPER GT, as with last year, Honda will compete with five teams/five machines. Honda will vie for titles by further maturing the NSX-GT which was introduced in 2017. Moreover, Jenson Button, who made his SUPER GT debut at the Suzuka 1000km last year will become the first F1 champion to compete for a full season in SUPER GT.

In the Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship (SF), with the new addition of Shinji Matsushita who has been advancing his skills in the FIA Formula 2 Championship (F2)*6 which is positioned as one of the gateways to the F1 and Nirei Fukuzumi, who began competing in the GP3 Series*7 in 2016, Honda will strive to capture the dual titles of driver and team championships with its five teams/eight machines.

In the IndyCar Series in North America, Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), a subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is planning to supply the HI18TT, 2.2-liter V6 twin turbo engines for 12 machines raced by five teams. Takuma Sato, in his ninth season, will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and vie for the Indy500 championship for the second consecutive year as well as the series championship.

NSX-GT3, a racing machine based on a production NSX model announced last year, will be competing in a number of GT championships and endurance races around the world such as North America, Europe and Japan, and a Civic TCR will be competing in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), a new series which takes over the WTCC, as well as other touring car races around the world through customer teams. Not only supplying these racing machines but also enhancing customer support structure, Honda will work with each team and take on challenges to empower more teams to enjoy highly competitive racing.

  • *5FIA: Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile
  • *6The F2 is a category positioned as a gateway to F1. F2 Series races are held internationally, mostly in Europe, as support races for F1.
  • *7Most GP3 Series races are held concurrently with F2 Series races as a support race for F1. Regulations and manufacturers of GP3 machines are different from those of F2 machines.

<<Overview of Honda Participation in Motorcycle Racing>>

★ on a team name indicates a factory team of Honda, ★ on a machine name indicates a factory machine of Honda, ★ on a rider’s name indicates an HRC contract rider

Road Races

FIM Grand Prix World Championship (MotoGP)

<MotoGP>

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Repsol Honda Team
RC213V
93 Marc Márquez
24 Spain MotoGP
Champion
26 Dani Pedrosa
32 Spain MotoGP
4th
LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V 35 Cal Crutchlow
32 U.K. MotoGP
9th
LCR Honda IDEMITSU 30 Takaaki Nakagami
25 Japan Moto2
7th
Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 21 Franco Morbidelli 23 Italy Moto2
Champion
12 Thomas Lüthi 31 Switzerland Moto2
2nd

<Moto3>

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Estrella Galicia 0,0 NSF250RW
44 Aròn Canet 18 Spain Moto3
3rd
15 Alonso Lopez 16 Spain CEV Moto3
3rd
Leopard Racing 33 Enea Bastianini 20 Italy Moto3
6th
48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 20 Italy Moto3
28th
Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 88 Jorge Martin 19 Spain Moto3
4th
21 Fabio Di Giannantonio 19 Italy Moto3
5th
Marinelli Rivacold Snipers 14 Tony Arbolino 17 Italy Moto3
34th
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing 7 Adam Norrodin 19 Malaysia Moto3
17th
71 Ayumu Sasaki 17 Japan Moto3
20th
Honda Team Asia 41 Nakarin Atiratphuvapat 21 Thailand Moto3
25th
27 Kaito Toba 17 Japan Moto3
30th
SIC58 Squadra Corse 23 Niccolò Antonelli 21 Italy Moto3
18th
24 Tatsuki Suzuki 20 Japan Moto3
14th

FIM Superbike World Championship (WSB)

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team CBR1000RR
SP2
2 Leon Camier 31 U.K. WSB
8th
45 Jake Gagne 25 U.S.A. WSB
24th
TripleM Honda World
Superbike Team
99 Patrick Jacobsen 24 U.S.A. WSS
6th

FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) Suzuka 8 hours Endurance Road Race

*Details of Honda Teams and riders will be announced as soon as decided.

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC)

<SS600>

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
A.P.Honda Racing Thailand CBR600RR TBA TBA - - -
TBA TBA - - -
Astra Honda Racing Team 16 Irfan Ardiansyah 18 Indonesia ARRC SS600
15th
TBA TBA - - -
MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing 21 Md Zaqhwan Zaidi 22 Malaysia ARRC SS600
2nd
20 Azroy Hakeem bin Anuar 18 Malaysia IATC
6th
TBA Tomoyoshi Koyama 34 Japan ARRC AP250
2nd
T. Pro Innovation 23 Taiga Hada 18 Japan ARRC SS600
3rd

<AP250>

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
A.P.Honda Racing Thailand CBR250RR TBA TBA - - -
TBA TBA - - -
Astra Honda Racing Team 123 Rheza Danica Ahrens 19 Indonesia ARRC AP250
4th
198 Awhin Sanjaya 19 Indonesia ARRC AP250
7th
TBA TBA - - -
YUZY HONDA VIETNAM
RACING TEAM
24 Cao Viet Nam 22 Vietnam ARRC UB150
16th

MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship (JRR)

<JSB1000>

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Team HRC
CBR1000RRW
TBA Takumi Takahashi
28 Japan JSB1000
Champion
Team Sakurai Honda CBR1000RR
SP2
7 Sodo Hamahara 22 Japan JSB1000
7th
Team SuP Dream Honda TBA Tatsuya Yamaguchi 41 Japan JSB1000
8th
MORIWAKI MOTUL RACING 72 Yuki Takahashi 33 Japan JSB1000
9th
TBA Ryuichi Kiyonari 35 Japan JSB1000
11th
au & Teluru MotoUP Racing 090 Kosuke Akiyoshi 43 Japan JSB1000
14th

MuSASHiRT HARC-PRO.Honda

634 Ryo Mizuno 19 Japan J-GP2
Champion
Honda Asia-Dream Racing TBA Md Zaqhwan Zaidi 22 Malaysia ARRC SS600
2nd

<J-GP2>

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Team TARO PLUSONE HP6 44 Taro Sekiguchi 42 Japan J-GP2
2nd
Team Kotake RSC MD600 4 Ryosuke Iwato 20 Japan J-GP2
4th
16 Kosuke Sakumoto 21 Japan J-GP2
16th
Y! mobile Kohara RT KALEX TBA Ikuhiro Enokido 19 Japan J-GP2
6th
MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO. HP6q 634 Teppei Nagoe 20 Japan ST600
6th
KIMA RACING KALEX 64 Yuta Date 18 Japan J-GP3
Champion

<ST600>

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Mistresa RT HARC-PRO. CBR600RR 71 Daiki Uehara 20 Japan JP250NAT
Champion
BATTLE FACTORY 97 Yuto Sano 21 Japan JP250INT
2nd

Motocross

FIM Motocross World Championship (MXGP)

<MXGP>

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Team HRC
CRF450RW
243 Tim Gajser
21 Slovenia MXGP
5th
5 Brian Bogers
21 Netherlands MX2
8th

<MX2>

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Team HRC
CRF250RW
10 Calvin Vlaanderen
21 South Africa MX2
13th

AMA Supercross, An FIM World Championship (450SX)

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Team Honda HRC
CRF450R 14 Cole Seely
27 U.S.A. 450SX
7th
94 Ken Roczen
23 Germany 450SX
20th

AMA Motocross Championship (450MX)

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Team Honda HRC
CRF450R TBA Toshiki Tomita
28 Japan AMA 450MX
28th

MFJ All-Japan Motocross Championship (JMX)

<IA1>

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Team HRC
CRF450RW
Kei Yamamoto
26 Japan IA1
Champion
982 Akira Narita
37 Japan IA1
3rd
T.E. SPORT CRF450R TBA Gota Otsuka 21 Japan IA1
9th
TBA Kazunori Ono 18 Japan IA1
15th
TEAM NAKAKI HONDA 113 Masami Tanaka 27 Japan IA1
11th
Team Sakurai TBA Kenichi Nagato 22 Japan IA1
14th
TEAM 887 With HondaDREAM
Setagaya
117 Daiki Baba 25 Japan IA1
19th
Bells Racing with MORIWAKI TBA Yohei Kojima 32 Japan IA1
10th

<IA2>

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Team HRC
CRF250RW
828 Chihiro Notsuka
21 Japan MXGP MX2
66th
Team TARGET CRF250R TBA Takumu Yokosawa 19 Japan IA2
6th
TEAM KOHSAKA TBA Ukyo Michiwaki 23 Japan IA2
7th
TEAM HAMMER TBA Kainosuke Oshiro 18 Japan IA2
16th
TBA Eiki Suzumura 18 Japan IA2
28th
Team ITOMO TBA Yusuke Mori 19 Japan IA2
26th
08 Kai Okumura 19 Japan IBOP
8th

<Ladies Class (LX)>

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
TEAM HAMMER CRF150R 1 Yuna Takeuchi 20 Japan LX
Champion
T.E. SPORT 4 Jyuri Hatao 21 Japan LX
4th
8 Manaka Kawai 15 Japan LX
8th
Team ITOMO 9 Nanami Katsumata 23 Japan LX
9th

Trial

FIM Trial World Championship (WCT)

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Repsol Honda Team
COTA4RT
1 Toni Bou
31 Spain WCT
Champion
3 Takahisa Fujinami
37 Japan WCT
5th

All-Japan Trial Championship (JTR)

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
HRC CLUB MITANI RTL300R 1 Tomoyuki Ogawa
*
41 Japan IAS
Champion
  • *on a rider’s name indicates HRC contract test rider

<<Overview of Honda Participation in Automobile Racing>>

FIA Formula One World Championship (F1)

Team No. Driver Age Nationality 2017 result
Toro Rosso Honda
(tentative)
10 Pierre Gasly 21 France SF
2nd
28 Brendon Hartley 28 New Zealand FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
Champion

SUPER GT <GT500 class>

Team No. Driver Age Nationality 2017 result
AUTOBACS RACING TEAM AGURI 8 Tomoki Nojiri 28 Japan GT500
9th
Takuya Izawa 33 Japan GT500
7th
TEAM MUGEN 16 Hideki Mutoh 35 Japan GT500
18th
Daisuke Nakajima 28 Japan
KEIHIN REAL RACING 17 Koudai Tsukakoshi 31 Japan GT500
10th
Takashi Kogure 37 Japan
Epson Nakajima Racing 64 Bertrand Baguette 31 Belgium GT500
11th
Kosuke Matsuura 38 Japan
TEAM KUNIMITSU 100 Naoki Yamamoto 29 Japan GT500
7th
Jenson Button 37 U.K. GT500
competed in Round 6

Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship(SF)

Team No. Driver Age Nationality 2017 result
TEAM MUGEN 15 Nirei Fukuzumi 20 Japan GP3
3rd
16 Naoki Yamamoto 29 Japan SF
9th
B-Max Racing team 50 TBA - - -
TCS NAKAJIMA RACING 64 Narain Karthikeyan 40 India SF
competed
65 Takuya Izawa 33 Japan SF
13th
REAL RACING TBA Koudai Tsukakoshi 31 Japan SF
15th
DOCOMO TEAM DANDELION RACING TBA Tomoki Nojiri 28 Japan SF
17th
TBA Nobuharu Matsushita 24 Japan F2
6th

IndyCar Series

Team No. Driver Age Nationality 2017 result
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing TBA Takuma Sato 40 Japan IndyCar Series 8th

<<Supporting Young Riders and Drivers in Moving Up Toward the Top Category>>

In road racing, in conjunction with Honda’s racing activities in Asia where people’s interest in motorcycle racing is growing rapidly, Honda strives to help young riders in this region to tackle the challenge of competing in the FIM Road Racing World Championship and realize their dreams. This year, Takaaki Nakagami will be moving up to MotoGP class and taking a major first step toward the realization of his dreams.

Honda will continue supporting Honda Team Asia competing in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes of the MotoGP. Tetsuta Nagashima, a new addition to the IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia, and Khairul Idham Pawi, who is in his second year in this class, will compete in the Moto2 class. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat and Kaito Toba will continue racing for Honda Team Asia in the Moto3 class.

In addition, as for the programs designed to foster young riders, Honda will continue to utilize IDEMITSU Asia Talent Cup (IATC) hosted by Dorna Sports, S.L., which also hosts MotoGP, to discover and foster the world-class riders. For the IATC, the NSF250R developed exclusively for racing will be used. The IATC will be held six rounds in this year concurrently with MotoGP and the FIM Superbike World Championship in Asia.

Moreover, as an opportunity for young riders to step up, Honda will continue supporting the riders competing in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship.

In motocross racing, Honda will continue to host training sessions in Japan for team riders competing in the MFJ All-Japan Motocross Championship. Moreover, Honda also will continue its talent fostering programs which includes providing opportunities for young riders with future potential to join a training camp in the U.S. and compete in MXGP races.

For auto racing, Honda has been operating the Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP), a program designed to discover talented young drivers and help them step up to play active roles in the world of motorsports. Nirei Fukuzumi will advance from the GP3 and also compete in the F2 with Arden International.

In Japan, to promote the step up of young and talented drivers who play active roles in the world of motorsports, Honda will continue supporting drivers who compete in the All-Japan Formula3 Championship and the FIA-F4 Japanese Championship*8, which is a formula race intended for junior drivers.

  • *8The FIA-F4 is a category established by FIA, with the major purpose of fostering young drivers who can aim to move up from cart racing to the F3 class. FIA will strive to evolve this category in a greater number of countries around the world.

<For Reference>
For the purpose of developing riders and drivers who will become formidable contenders on the global motorsports stage, Mobilityland Corporation has been operating the Suzuka Circuit Racing School-Junior for motorcycle riders since 1992, Suzuka Circuit Racing School-Kart since 1993 and the Suzuka Circuit Racing School-Formula since 1995 where top-class riders and drivers provide guidance as instructors. To date, these SRS programs have produced a number of outstanding riders and drivers, including Takuma Sato, who are now competing successfully domestically and internationally in their respective categories. A new program, SRS-Formula Challenge, was added to the lineup in 2015. In 2018, the first generation of drivers in this program will receive a scholarship and begin competing in the FIA-F4 Japanese Championship, a category for stepping up to higher level competition.

In the area of motorcycle racing, starting in 2016, SRS-Junior was renamed as SRS-Moto, and its rider development system and curriculum as well as machines used in the program were renewed so that they are geared toward the development of riders who can compete at the level of world championships such as MotoGP. The SRS-Moto also has a scholarship program with which selected riders become a part of TEAM SRS-Moto, a racing team operated by this school, which will continue to compete in the MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship in the 2018 season.

<Motorcycles>

FIM Road Racing World Championship

<Moto2>

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 45 Tetsuta Nagashima 25 Japan Moto2
26th
89 Khairul Idham Pawi 19 Malaysia Moto2
27th

<Moto3>

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Honda Team Asia NSF250RW
41 Nakarin Atiratphuvapat 21 Thailand Moto3
25th
27 Kaito Toba 17 Japan Moto3
30th

FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Asia Talent Team NSF250RW
TBA Ai Ogura 16 Japan CEV Moto3
8th
TBA Yuki Kunii 14
Japan CEV Moto3
11th
A.P. Honda Racing Thailand TBA Somkiat Chantra 19 Thailand CEV Moto3
20th
Astra Honda Racing Team TBA TBA - - -

FIM CEV Repsol Moto2 European Championship

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2017 result
Astra Honda Racing Team TBA TBA TBA - - -

<Automobiles>

FIA Formula2 Championship

Team No. Driver Age Nationality 2017 result
Arden International TBA Nirei Fukuzmi 20 Japan GP3
3rd

Japanese Formula3 Championship

Team No. Driver Age Nationality 2017 result
TODA RACING TBA Sena Sakaguchi 18 Japan Japanese F3
6th
TBA Toshiki Oyu 19 Japan FIA-F4
4th
ThreeBond Racing 12 Ukyo Sasahara 21 Japan FIA-F4
2nd

FIA-F4 Japanese Championship

Driver Age Nationality 2017 results
Yuki Tsunoda 17 Japan FIA-F4
3rd
Teppei Natori 17 Japan Graduated from SRS-Formula

<<Honda initiatives to expand the popularity of motorsports>>

Honda has been making active efforts to expand the popularity of motorsports. In order to convey the fascination of motorsports to a broader range of people, Honda has been conducting various events and activities including ones that can be enjoyed more casually by those people who are not yet so familiar with motorsports.

<One-make race sponsored by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC)>
HRC is hosting more than 300 one-make races a year at approximately 20 circuits throughout Japan under two categories of races with different purposes -- to simply enjoy motorsports and to foster future MotoGP riders.

The NSF100 HRC Trophy is a mini-bike class one-make race which features the NSF100 a mass-market road racer of HRC. There are two classes in this race – a class for adult riders to enjoy and a class to foster junior riders who will strive for the world.

Moreover, the HRC GROM Cup featuring the mass-market GROM was added as a class that is easier for riders to participate in even for those who never raced before. GROM Cup races are held mostly at mini-bike circuits throughout Japan.

The CBR250R Dream Cup is a one-make race featuring the CBR250R, a mass-market Honda motorcycle model, and has two classes – a beginners’ class and an expert class for more advanced riders. In 2017, HRC began hosting CBR250RR Dream Cup which features mass-market CBR250RR model and attracting riders who desire for a higher speed range.

Moreover, Honda has been hosting the HRC NSF250R Challenge which features the NSF250R, a mass-market Honda road racer model. The Japanese local championship for this race is held together with the race in the J-GP3 class at each circuit where J-GP3 is held. Small and limited modifications to the standard vehicle (HRC factory spec) are allowed, which helps to curb the running cost, thereby enabling a full-fledged racing experience at a lower cost.

HRC one-make race series is being held at a number of circuits throughout Japan. In addition, HRC has been hosting some Japan-wide races (at Suzuka or Motegi) for riders who fulfill certain conditions and offering support for riders to step up through training classes. In other words, HRC one-make race series has been a stage where participants can enjoy the races and/or strive to realize their dreams.

HRC will continue supporting these programs, while making these racing machines available in the market.

<Honda Sports & Eco Program>
In 2012, Mobilityland Corporation and M-TEC Co., Ltd. jointly started the Honda Sports & Eco Program, a participatory motorsports program, under the theme of “eco-friendly sports driving.” This program is designed to provide participants with a lighthearted experience of enjoying the fun of “driving, upskilling and competing,” behind the wheel of a rental Honda car with racing specifications provided to each participant through the program, toward the ultimate goal of promoting coexistence of the environment and sports driving. The program has been providing a four-step school program which enables motorsports beginners to strive for their racing debut with peace of mind as well as a four-times-a-year racing program for all levels of drivers. Moreover, the price structure of this program allows more people, including beginners and skilled sports drivers alike, to casually experience motorsports, making the program even more attractive to everyone.

<FIT 1.5 Challenge Cup>
In addition to Mobilityland Corporation and SUGO Co., Ltd., Okayama International Circuit will begin hosting the FIT 1.5 Challenge Cup, a one-make race featuring Fit. As a quasi-domestic rank race approved by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF), “Suzuka/Okayama Touring Car Championship” and “Motegi/Sugo Touring Car Championship” will be held this year.

<N-ONE OWNERS’ CUP>
N-ONE OWNERS’ CUP
is a participatory motorsports program that utilizes the N-ONE mini-vehicle that has proven popular with a large number of customers. With the aim of letting many motorsports fans including racing beginners actively take part, the N-ONE OWNERS’ CUP started in 2014, taking the form of a sprint race with commercially available vehicles licensed for public roads. With this existing concept that has proven popular, this motorsports event will again be held at eight circuits spread around Japan: Suzuka Circuit, Twin Ring Motegi, Okayama International Circuit, Fuji Speedway, Autopolis International Racing Course, Sportsland SUGO, Tokachi Speedway and the new addition of Tsukuba Circuit in Ibaraki. For these races, Honda will further enhance support provided to racing beginners.

<Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2018>
Since 1981, Honda has hosted the Honda Eco Mileage Challenge, an event focused on the environment. Participants combine their creativity, freewheeling thinking and technology to create their own handcrafted vehicles, and then compete to see how far they can travel on one liter of fuel. This event will mark its 38th year in 2018, and the cumulative number of teams participated since 1981 has exceeded 14,000 teams. The Honda Eco Mileage Challenge is now held not only in Japan but also in Thailand, China and Vietnam.

Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2018: Schedule in Japan

Schedule Event name Circuit
June 9 (Sat.) 32nd Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2018, Suzuka East Course,
Suzuka Circuit (Mie)
June 23 (Sat.) 10th Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2018, Motegi West Course,
Twin Ring Motegi (Tochigi)

Aug. 4 (Sat.): Practice runs
Aug. 5(Sun.): Finals

34th Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2018, Kyushu Circuit Course,
HSR Kyushu (Kumamoto)

Sept. 29 (Sat.): Practice runs
Sept. 30(Sun.): Finals

38th Soichiro Honda Cup
Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2018
National Competition
Super Speedway,
Twin Ring Motegi (Tochigi)

<Enjoy Honda 2018>

With the aim of providing more opportunities for people to watch, participate in and enjoy activities related to Honda motorcycles, automobiles and power products, the Enjoy Honda program will be held again this year as a fan appreciation event. In 2018, Enjoy Honda events will be held at nine venues: In addition to Kumamoto, Mie, Miyagi, Shizuoka, Niigata, Hokkaido, Tochigi and Okayama, the event also will be held in Kagawa Prefecture for the first time in two years. At Suzuka Circuit and Twin Ring Motegi, Enjoy Honda will be held on the same day as the Suzuka 2&4 Races and Motegi 2&4 Races, respectively. Enjoy Honda 2018 will include various displays and events which enable participants to feel Honda more closely, including the display of Honda motorcycles, automobiles and power products as well as parent -child motorcycle lessons and a trial bike show, etc.*9

Enjoy Honda 2018 schedule

Schedule Venue Concurrent races
March 31-April 1
(Sat. – Sun.)
HSR Kyushu
(Kumamoto)

 

April 21-22
(Sat. – Sun.)
Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)
MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship
Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship
May 5-6
(Sat. – Sun.)
Sun Messe Kagawa
(Kagawa)
 
May 26-27
(Sat. – Sun.)
Sportsland SUGO
(Miyagi)
Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship
July 7-8
(Sat. – Sun.)
Fuji International Speedway
(Shizuoka)
Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship
July 14-15
(Sat. – Sun.)
Convention Center Hive Nagaoka
(Niigata)
 
August 4-5
(Sat. – Sun.)
Access Sapporo
(Hokkaido)
 
August 18-19
(Sat. – Sun.)
Twin Ring Motegi
(Tochigi)
MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship
Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship
September 8-9
(Sat. – Sun.)
Okayama International Circuit
(Okayama)
Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship
  • * Schedule as of January 12, 2018

<Honda Racing THANKS DAY 2018>

To show its appreciation to motorsports fans, Honda will again host Honda Racing THANKS DAY in 2018.

Honda Racing THANKS DAY 2018 schedule

Schedule Event Venue
December 2, 2018 (Sun.) Honda Racing THANKS DAY 2018 Twin Ring Motegi
(Tochigi)

<For Reference>

Mobilityland Corporation strives to contribute to the further growth of a motorsports culture in Japan by hosting various events and races. Since its opening in 1962 as the first full-scale race course in Japan, Suzuka Circuit has hosted a large number and wide variety of racing events during its rich history spanning over 50 years. The circuit will host a multitude of events again in 2018, including the 30th F1 Grand Prix as well as the Suzuka 8 hours Endurance Road Race which will be held as the final round of the FIM Endurance World Championship. Suzuka Circuit also will host new races including Suzuka 10 hours Endurance Race which will be positioned as a global unified race of the GT3 as well as the FIA World Touring Car Cup, etc.

Twin Ring Motegi celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and continued hosting various races throughout the year including the FIM Grand Prix World Championship races, which has been a tradition since the early days of this circuit, and will host many more races and events including the FIM Trial World Championship.

In addition to international motorcycle and automobile races, the Motorsports Fan Appreciation Day to be held on March 10-11 (Sat.-Sun.) at Suzuka Circuit, both circuits continue to offer fans the opportunity to watch and experience a wealth of Japanese and international motorsports events.

Main international races to be hosted by Mobilityland

Category Schedule Title Circuit
ARRC June 1-3
(Fri. – Sun.)
2018 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship
Round 3 Japan
Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)
WCT June 2-3
(Sat. – Sun.)
2018 FIM Trial World Championship
Round 2 STRIDER Japanese Grand Prix
Twin Ring Motegi
(Tochigi)
EWC July 26-29
(Thu. – Sun.)
2017-2018 FIM Endurance World Championship
Final round The “Coca-Cola”
Suzuka 8 hours Endurance
Road Race – the 41th commemorative race
Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)
IGTC August 23-26
(Thu. – Sun.)
The 47th Summer Endurance
Suzuka 10 hours
Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)
F1 October 5-7
(Fri. – Sun.)
2018 FIA Formula One World Championship
Round 17 Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)
MotoGP October 19-21
(Fri. – Sun.)
2018 FIM Road Racing World Championship (MotoGP)
Round 16, Grand Prix of Japan
Twin Ring Motegi
(Tochigi)
WTCR October 26-28
(Fri. – Sun.)
2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)