Addressing the crowd at the event, Shinji Aoyama, Honda Motor Operating Officer and Director Chief Operating Officer Motorcycle Operations, said this year Honda is working to develop the spread of Asian Motorsports along with related parties throughout the world, by setting the goal of “GP rider from Asia” concept. It has not only been expanding the growth of Motorsports fans in Asian countries but also been working together with its branches to find riders with world-class talent.
It was also brought to light that in its efforts to strengthen the rider development structure in Asia, next year the Asia Dream Cup and Asia Talent Cup will be integrated to becoming a whole new structure. The objective is to create a shortcut to the international platform and therefore training will be focused on using the Honda NSF250R which is a base machine similar to what is used in world championships and CEV.
Demonstrating the company’s relentless efforts is its in-house racing team called “Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing team”. Wining the Asian Championship 4 years consecutively in the top category Supar Sports 600 class speaks volumes of its playing level in this arena.
To bring up new stars following Khairul Idham Pawi, who only took 4 years from graduating racing school to winning the Moto3 race, next year, Boon Siew Honda endeavors to improve its step up system. In addition, Sepang International Circuit will commence the Malaysian Talent Cup (tentative) using NSF250. The company aims to support this race by sending its riders and mechanics to give young riders an opportunity to master the same machine as Moto3 early on a local level.
Noriaki Abe, Honda Motor Operating Officer and Chief Operating Officer Regional Operations (Asia & Oceania) notes that in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, there have been various activities carried out such as One-make races to garner an international standards for young talents.