In a bid to promote motorsports at the grassroots level and to offer opportunities for talented prospects to develop a career in the sport, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) has announced a helpline number: 0124-6712863.
Under this initiative, any rider who wishes to take-up motorsports professionally can reach out to the Honda Racing Team through this helpline. The deserving candidates will then be given training on the nuances of two-wheeler racing at the Honda Ten10 Racing Academy. Honda will also provide all technical support as well race-prepped motorcycles to all the aspirants, the company said.
Meanwhile, the ninth edition of the Honda One Make Race will commence from June 24, marking the beginning of the motorsports season for the year. Unveiling Honda’s plans for promoting motorsports in India, Prabhu Nagaraj, vice-president, Customer Service, HMSI, said, “Motorsports has been in Honda’s DNA. We are delighted to announce the launch of our helpline through which we will be able help youngsters dreaming about a career in motorsports; actually, achieve it.”
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The company added that, this year, the biggest highlight will be the first-ever full-fledged season of the Honda All Women Race. In a step towards encouraging more women participation, Honda had conducted the first-ever All Women Race during the Round 5 of the 2015 season. Building on the success, 10 women riders will compete in the First Round of the exclusive women racing event. These women riders have been trained at the Honda Ten10 Racing Academy.
Nagaraj added, “It is always Honda’s endeavour to bring new categories and excitement into the race. Following an overwhelming response from participants, and support from the motorsports fraternity, we are pleased to announce a full season of Honda Exclusive Women Race.”
In addition, for this year, Honda has unveiled new race-prepped racing versions of CBR 250R and CBR 150R.
Developed with technical know-how provided by Honda’s Indian R&D team, both the motorcycles will be tested in the race at the Kari Motor Speedway, beginning this weekend. The new racing version of the CBR 250R gets an upgraded Honda racing kit, including wiring harness with remapping option, advanced racing body cowl kit and is equipped with endurance exhaust. The new CBR 150R gets a reprogrammed ECU and endurance exhaust.
Honda has received over 53 entries from Mizoram, Ahmedabad, Ranchi, Aizwal, Jalgaon, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Trichy and Aoroville. Like every year, the CBR 250R category will be conducted as a Team Championship, wherein 16 CBR 250R performance bikes have been leased out to four teams registered at the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI). Besides defending champions Ten 10 Racing, Prolap Racing, United Tech Torque and AMB Tuning will compete for the top honours. The CBR 150R category will be an open category where riders who have undergone extensive racing training from Honda Ten10 Racing Academy or any other training school recognised by the Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC) will vie for the top spot.