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Idemitsu Honda Racing India has announced its plans for the 219 racing season. It is certain that Idemitsu Honda Racing India has big plans to take bike racing to the next level in India. The team has announced several changes and quite a few first-time initiatives that not only promote motorsport but also promote young Indian riders on a global level and that seems to be the aim.
It was only last year that Honda came up with the Idemitsu Honda Talent Hunt and that was a huge success. Thanks to a program like this, Honda was able to identify the best young riders from across the nation and the same riders are now being promoted to the next level.
Honda will be organising the same talent hunt this year too and the talent hunt will take place in 5 Indian cities. Honda will select the best out of these cities and pit them against each other in the Talent Hunt one make championship in which these riders will compete against each other as part of the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship Calendar.
Well, Honda aims to develop 'Iconic Indian Riders for National & International championships.' All the plans and initiatives announced by the racing team for the 2019 season fall in line with this aim.
Minoru Kato, President & CEO of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India said, "Honda's two-pronged approach of brand leadership and structural development not only spells our ambition to lead motorsport culture in India today, but moreover, create the next iconic rider from India and fast-track their development to the world with a 360-degree roadmap. My dream is to create a future Iconic rider for the world from India."
As part of these new plans, the team has also announced its participation in the ProStock 200-300cc category of the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC). In the ProStock 300cc segment, veteran Honda riders Sarath Kumar, Anish Shetty and Abhishek Vasudev.
The team will also continue to participate in the ProStock 165cc category with riders B Aravind, Yashas R.L, K Kannan. In an exciting development, Idemitsu Honda Racing India has also announced the start of the NSF250R one make championship.
The NSF250R championship is one in which Honda has put in lots of effort and it shows. The Honda NSF250R motorcycle was revealed at an event in Chennai, and it is based on the very platform that the Moto3 riders use. Now, this is taking Indian motorsport to the next level. Providing young racers in India with a truly international platform is exactly what Idemitsu Honda Racing India has done.
Minoru Kato went on to say, "In 2019, we are taking the next step and bringing the best of the world's motorsport to India. I am proud to share that Indian riders will now race on the same machine platform as World Champions of Moto3."
The Honda NSF250R race motorcycle is similar to the machines raced by Honda in the premier world Moto3 championship. It is a chassis purpose-engineered for motorsport and is powered by a liquid-cooled, 249.3cc, single-cylinder engine.
The engine is race-tuned and produces a maximum power output of 47.6bhp at 13,000rpm and a peak torque output of 28Nm at 10,500rpm. A 6-speed gearbox takes care of transmission duties.
Just one look at the output figures is enough to tell one that this is truly a world-class race motorcycle and the suspension and brakes too have been tuned for the same purpose. It rides on an upside-down fork up front and a monoshock at the rear. Braking duties are handled by a 296mm disc up front and a 186mm disc at the rear.
Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President of Brand & Communications for HMSI said, "Honda is now bringing the world to India with the Moto3 machine NSF250R. This revolutionary step is the first ever by any manufacturer and will exponentially accelerate the development of future stars of racing and propel them in the international arena too."
Thoughts On Idemitsu Honda Racing India Bringing Moto3 Level Of Racing To India
For nearly 10 years now, Idemitsu Honda Racing India has kept the professional level of racing going strong in India. The team has identified multiple young talents and these young racers have been promoted and nurtured by the brand.
With riders as young as 12-years-old and level of machinery like that of the Moto3 segment, things are looking great for bike racing in India.