Honda feirer i år 50 år som deltaker i Grand Prix med motorsykkel. Det hele startet i 1959 i Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix med deltakelse i Isle of Man T.T. Race.

Nå har de offentliggjort sine planer for denne sesongen.

Honda stiller i 2009 opp med fire team i motoGP. Tilsvarende mange er det også i 250-klassen i RaodRacing. her er pressemeldingen fra Honda:

Honda 2009 Motorcycle Racing Plans

TOKYO, Japan, January 27, 2009Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced its motorcycle racing plans for 2009, as outlined below.

With its motorsports activities as the symbol of Honda’s challenging spirit, the company has competed in a variety of races since the days of its founding, aiming for the top level in the world. Constantly striving to fulfill big dreams and high aspirations, Honda has pursued the challenge of leading-edge innovation.

In 1954, Soichiro Honda, the company’s founder, announced Honda’s intention to take part in the Isle of Man T.T. Race, a Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (WGP) race. Honda started competing in the WGP five years later in 1959. In 1961, only the company’s third season, Honda succeeded in dominating the 125cc and 250cc classes of the Isle of Man T.T. Race, winning the top five positions in both classes. Honda also earned its first riders and manufacturers titles in both the 125cc and 250cc classes, titles the company had eagerly awaited. Since then, Honda has taken on challenges in a variety of motorcycle race categories.

For 2009, the 50th anniversary of the start of Honda participation in the WGP, the company has set its sights on recapturing the championship in the MotoGP class, the top WGP class. Honda will tackle this challenge by drawing on its advanced technologies. Honda aims to continue working on new endeavors with the know-how it has accumulated up to now, along with the spirit of challenge fostered through these motorsports activities, with the hope of sharing the dreams and excitement from these activities with its customers

[ Road Races ]
♦ FIM*1 Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
< MotoGP class >
Honda has set its sights on recapturing the three championship titles of rider, manufacturer and team in the MotoGP class, the top class of the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (WGP), with a total of six riders competing, including satellite team members. Honda plans to race six RC212V machines, which have been further evolved with state-of-the-art technologies.

The Repsol Honda works team will compete with two riders: Dani Pedrosa, in his forth year in the MotoGP class, and Andrea Dovizioso, Pedrosas new works team teammate. Yuki Takahashi moves up from the 250cc to the MotoGP class this season to compete as a satellite team member. As the only Japanese rider in the MotoGP class, expectations for his success in the series are high .
*1:FIM stands for Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme.

Team

Number

Rider

Age

Nationality

2008 Result

Repsol Honda Team

3

Dani Pedrosa

23

Spain

MotoGP 3rd

Repsol Honda Team

4

Andrea Dovizioso

22

Italy

MotoGP 4th

Team San Carlo Honda Gresini

15

Alex De Angelis

24

San Marino

MotoGP 14th

Team San Carlo Honda Gresini

24

Toni Elias

25

Spain

MotoGP 12nd

Scot Racing Team MotoGP

72

Yuki Takahashi

24

Saitama, Japan

WGP 250cc 5th

LCR Honda MotoGP

14

Randy De Puniet

27

France

MotoGP 15th

< 250cc class >
In the 250cc class, Honda will field six riders from a total of four teams. Hiroshi Aoyama, Raffaele De Rosa and Ratthapark Wilairot will ride the RS250RW. Moving up to the world championship series this season for a greater challenge is Shoya Tomizawa, who until last year, competed in the GP250 class of the All-Japan Road Race Championship Series. Tomizawa, along with Bastien Chesaux and Toni Wirsing, will take part in the race on an RS250R.

Team

Number

Rider

Age

Nationality

2008 Result

Scot Racing Team 250cc

4

Hiroshi Aoyama

27

Chiba, Japan

WGP 250cc 7th

Scot Racing Team 250cc

35

Raffaele De Rosa

21

Italy

WGP 125cc 18th

Thai Honda PPT SAG

14

Ratthapark Wilairot

20

Thailand

WGP 250cc 13th

CIP Moto-GP250

48

Shoya Tomizawa

18

Chiba, Japan

All-Japan RR Championship GP250 2nd

Racing Team Germany

8

Bastien Chesaux

17

Switzerland

Racing Team Germany

9

Toni Wirsing

18

Germany

[ Trials ]
♦ FIM World Trials Championship Series
For the FIM World Trials Championship Series (WCT), Honda will run two Montesa COTA 4RTs equipped with highly competitive 4-stroke engines. With riders Toni Bou, champion for the last two years, and Takahisa Fujinami, the only Japanese rider competing in the WCT, Honda aims to capture the riders title for the third consecutive year and its forth consecutive manufacturers title.

Team

Number

Rider

Age

Nationality

2008 Result

REPSOL MONTESA HRC

1

Toni Bou

22

Spain

Champion

REPSOL MONTESA HRC

3

Takahisa Fujinami

29

Mie, Japan

3rd

[ FIM Endurance World Championship Series ]
♦ Suzuka 8 Hours World Endurance Championship Race
For the 32nd Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race, Honda plans to provide support to the following two private teams through loaning each team a machine with equivalent performance to a works machine.
F.C.C. TSR
MUSASHI RT HARC-PRO.

♦Main Honda teams and riders participating in the World Superbike (WSB) Championship, the World Supersport (WSS) Championship and the World Motocross (WMX) Championship, with support from Honda Motor Europe Ltd.
A total of six riders will take part in the World Superbike (WSB) Championship as members of private teams supported by overseas subsidiary Honda Motor Europe Ltd. (HME), including Ryuichi Kiyonari, Carlos Checa and Jonathan Rea on even more competitive CBR1000RRs. Having started competing in the WSB last season, Ryuichi Kiyonari will draw on last year’s experience in the series and excellent riding skills to aim for the championship title. Carlos Checa, Kiyonaris teammate and friendly rival, also competed as a rookie in the WSB last season and will spend his second year in the WSB capitalizing on his wealth of experience in racing. Jonathan Rea moves up to the WSB this year after competing in the World Supersport (WSS) Championship Series and ranking second last season. Expectations for his success in the future are high.

For the World Supersport (WSS) Championship, Honda will continue its activities through support from HME as was done for WSB. Honda riders include Andrew Pitt, last year’s champion, and Kenan Sofuoglu, who is returning to the WSS after winning the championship in 2007 and competing in the WSB last season. Anthony West comes to the WSS, a new category for competition for him, after having competed in MotoGP races until last year. Including these riders, a total of eight riders will compete in the WSS this season. In each of the seven years since 2002, Honda has won the WSS championship, building up an unshakable position in the series with rider skills, machine performance and teamwork that overwhelm other teams. Honda will again aim for the championship this season with the further evolved CBR600RR.

For the World Motocross (WMX) Championship as well, HME will provide support to two teams in the MX1 class, the top class in the series. A total of four riders will ride CRF450Rs: Billy Mackenzie and Marc de Reuver, back to compete again after last season, and new team members, Cedric Melotte and Kevin Strijbos.

Major team/rider for World Super Bike Championship (WSB)

Class

Team

Bike

Rider

2008 Result

WSB

Ten Kate Honda Racing

CBR1000RR

Ryuichi Kiyonari

WSB 9th

WSB

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda

CBR1000RR

Carlos Checa

WSB 4th

WSB

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda

CBR1000RR

Jonathan Rea

WSS 2nd

WSB

HANNspree Honda Althea

CBR1000RR

Tommy Hill

WSS

WSB

Stiggy Motorsport AB

CBR1000RR

Leon Haslam

BSB (British Superbike) 2nd

WSB

Stiggy Motorsport AB

CBR1000RR

Roberto Rolfo

WSB 17th

Major teams/riders for World Super Sports Championship (WSS)

Class

Team

Bike

Rider

2008 Result

WSS

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda

CBR600RR

Andrew Pitt

WSS Champion

WSS

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda

CBR600RR

Kenan Sofuoglu

WSB 18th

WSS

HANNspree Honda Althea

CBR600RR

Mark Aitchison

WSS 13th

WSS

HANNspree Honda Althea

CBR600RR

Matthieu Lagrive

WSS 14th

WSS

Stiggy Motorsport AB

CBR600RR

Anthony West

MotoGP 18th

WSS

Stiggy Motorsport AB

CBR600RR

Gianluca Vizziello

WSS 11th

WSS

Parkalgar Honda

CBR600RR

Miguel Praia

WSS 25th

WSS

Parkalgar Honda

CBR600RR

Eugene Laverty

WSS 21th

Major teams/riders for World Motocross Championship (WMX)



Class
Team
Bike
Rider
2008 ResultWMX
CAS HondaTeam
CRF450R
Billy Mackenzie
MX1 9thWMX
CAS HondaTeam
CRF450R
Cedric Melotte
MX1 30thWMX
Martin Racing Team
CRF450R
Marc de Reuver
MX1 10thWMX
Martin Racing Team
CRF450R
Kevin Strij bos
MX1 24th
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