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2020 Motorcycle Motorsports Plans - 8 Nov 19

Honda Announces Plans for 2020 Motorcycle Motorsports Activities

Honda’s Participation in World Championship Racing and Dakar Rally 2020

Honda announced its plans for participation in motorcycle motorsports world championship racing for the 2020 season and the Dakar Rally 2020, at EICMA 2019 in Milan, Italy.

To date, Honda has participated in numerous categories of FIM*1 motorcycle racing world championships with its factory teams*2 operated by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC).

2019 marked the 60th anniversary of Honda participating in the 1959 Isle of Man TT for the first time. 2019 was also the year in which Honda won the riders championships in the premier categories of the FIM MotoGP World Championship, FIM Motocross World Championship, and FIM Trial World Championship.

In 2020, HRC factory teams will aim to defend their crowns in MotoGP, Motocross and Trials. Furthermore, Honda’s HRC factory team will continue to compete in the Dakar Rally which moves from South America to Saudi Arabia from next year.

From the 2020 season, Honda will also bring its HRC factory team “Team HRC” to the FIM Superbike World Championship, with Álvaro Bautista (Spain) and Leon Haslam (U.K.) riding factory bikes based on the new CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP. MFJ*3 All Japan Road Race Championship 2017 winner Takumi Takahashi will be also be participating in the FIM Superbike World Championship, riding for satellite team “MIE Racing Team”.

Numerous Honda teams will also be competing in the world championships: F.C.C. TSR Honda France will continue its quest for dominance in the FIM Endurance World Championship, while Team Honda HRC (American Honda Motor Company factory team) will continue to fight for the 450SX class title in the AMA*4 Supercross Championship.

Racing is Honda’s driving force, and through competing in various races, hones its technologies and its people. The racing spirit and technologies gained are part of many Honda products. Honda will continue to realize “The Power of Dreams” with its customers, in its products, services and racing activities.

*1 FIM: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme

*2 Factory teams: Teams operated by motorcycle manufacturers

*3 MFJ: Motorcycle Federation of Japan

*4 AMA: American Motorcyclist Association

 

Honda’s 2020 Participation in Motorcycle World Championship Racing

• FIM Road Racing World Championship Series (MotoGP)

<MotoGP Class>

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

 

 

Repsol Honda Team

*5

 

 

 

 

 

 

RC213V *5

 

93

Marc Márquez

*5

 

26

 

Spain

MotoGP Champion

 

99

 

Jorge Lorenzo

 

32

 

Spain

MotoGP 19th

(as of Nov. 4)

 

LCR Honda CASTROL

 

35

 

Cal Crutchlow

 

34

 

U.K.

MotoGP 9th

(as of Nov. 4)

 

LCR Honda IDEMITSU

 

30

 

Takaaki Nakagami

 

27

 

Japan

MotoGP 13th

(as of Nov. 4)

*5 Team ☆ indicates factory team, machine ☆ indicates factory bike, rider ☆ indicates HRC rider

<Moto2 Class>

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

 

 

 

IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia

 

 

 

KALEX

 

35

 

Somkiat Chantra

 

20

 

Thailand

Moto2 21st (as of Nov. 4)

 

27

 

Andi Farid Izdihar

 

22

 

Indonesia

ARRC SS600

5th

(as of Nov. 4)

<Moto3 Class>

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

 

 

 

79

 

Ai Ogura

 

18

 

Japan

Moto3 11th (as of Nov. 4)

Honda Team Asia

NSF250RW

 

 

92

 

 

Yuki Kunii

 

 

16

 

 

Japan

CEV Junior World Championship

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th (as of Nov. 4)

 

FIM Superbike World Championship Series (SBK)

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

 

 

Team HRC

 

CBR1000RR-R SP

 

TBA

Álvaro Bautista

 

34

 

Spain

 

SBK 2nd

 

TBA

Leon Haslam

 

36

 

U.K.

 

SBK 7th

 

 

MIE Racing Team

 

CBR1000RR-R SP

 

TBA

Takumi Takahashi

 

29

 

Japan

 

JRR*6 2nd

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

*6 All Japan Road Race Championship

 

FIM Endurance World Championship Series (EWC)

 

Team

 

Machine

 

No.

 

Rider

 

Age

 

Nationality

2018-2019

results

 

 

F.C.C. TSR Honda France

 

 

CBR1000RR SP2

 

 

5

Josh Hook

26

Australia

 

 

EWC

2nd

Freddy Foray

35

France

Mike Di Meglio

31

France

FIM Motocross World Championship Series (MXGP)

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

 

 

Team HRC

 

 

CRF450RW

 

243

Tim Gajser

 

23

 

Slovenia

MXGP

Champion

 

43

Mitchell Evans

 

20

 

Australia

MX2

11th

AMA SuperCross World Championship Series (450SX)

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

 

 

Team Honda HRC

 

 

CRF450R

 

94

 

Ken Roczen

 

25

 

Germany

450SX

4th

 

10

 

Justin Brayton

 

35

 

U.S.A.

450SX

10th

FIM Trial World Championship Series (TrialGP)

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

 

 

Repsol Honda Team

 

 

COTA4RT

 

1

Toni Bou

 

33

 

Spain

TrialGP Champion

 

3

Takahisa Fujinami

 

39

 

Japan

TrialGP 3rd

 

The Dakar 2019

Team

Machine

No.

Rider

Age

Nationality

2019 results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monster Energy Honda Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRF450 RALLY

 

7

Kevin Benavides

 

30

 

Argentina

Dakar 2019 5th

 

12

Joan Barreda

 

36

 

Spain

Dakar 2019 Entry

 

 

26

 

Aaron Mare

 

 

24

 

South Africa

Cross-Country Rallies World Championship 19th

 

9

Ricky Brabec

 

28

 

U.S.A.

Dakar 2019 Entry

 

17

José Ignacio Cornejo

 

25

 

Chile

Dakar 2019 8th

 

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