Am­bi­ti­ous Hon­da ey­es mo­re wor­ld tit­les

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Hon­da has an­noun­ced plans to par­ti­ci­pa­te in mo­tor­cy­cle wor­ld c­ham­pi­ons­hip ra­cing acti­vi­ties next y­e­ar.

They will con­ti­nue to com­pe­te in the pre­mier clas­ses of mo­tor­cy­cle ro­ad ra­cing, the mo­to­cross and T­ri­als Wor­ld C­ham­pi­ons­hips, plus the Da­kar Ral­ly, with Hon­da Ra­cing Cor­po­ra­ti­on (HRC) fac­to­ry te­ams ai­ming to win the tit­les in e­ach ca­te­go­ry.

In the Mo­toGP class, fi­ve-ti­me wor­ld cham­pi­on and 2018 win­ner Marc Mar­quez will be joi­ned by Jor­ge Lo­ren­zo to ra­ce for the Rep­sol Hon­da Te­am.

In the Mo­to­cross Wor­ld C­ham­pi­ons­hip Se­ries MXGP class, 2016 cham­pi­on Tim Ga­j­ser and B­ri­an Bo­gers will con­ti­nue to re­pre­sent Te­am HRC and in the T­ri­alGP Wor­ld C­ham­pi­ons­hip Se­ries class, 12-ti­me con­se­cu­ti­ve win­ner To­ni Bou as well as Ta­ka­hi­sa Fu­ji­na­mi, in his 24th y­e­ar, will on­ce a­gain ra­ce for Rep­sol Hon­da Te­am.

In the Da­kar Ral­ly 2019, Ke­vin Be­na­vi­des, Jo­an Bar­re­da, Pau­lo Gon­cal­ves, Ric­ky Bra­bec and Jo­se Ig­na­cio Cor­ne­jo will re­pre­sent the Mon­ster E­ner­gy Hon­da Te­am.

In ad­di­ti­on to the ma­nu­fac­tu­rer’s fac­to­ry te­ams, Hon­da-sup­por­ted te­ams will com­pe­te in ma­jor wor­ld c­ham­pi­ons­hips 2019.

In the Su­per­bi­ke Wor­ld C­ham­pi­ons­hip Se­ries, HRC will sup­port the te­am o­pe­ra­ted by Alt­hea Ra­cing and Mo­ri­wa­ki En­gi­neer­ing, with Le­on Ca­mier and Ryui­chi Kiyo­na­ri as t­heir ri­ders.

In the En­du­ran­ce Wor­ld C­ham­pi­ons­hip se­ries, 2017-2018 win­ners FCC TSR Hon­da Fran­ce will con­ti­nue to be re­pre­sen­ted by F­red­dy Fo­ray and Josh Hook, with Mi­ke di Meg­lio al­so joi­ning the te­am.

Last se­a­son’s o­ver­all thi­rd-pla­ced te­am, Hon­da En­du­ran­ce Ra­cing, will con­ti­nue t­heir qu­est to win the EWC tit­le.

In the 450SX class of the AMA Su­perCross Wor­ld C­ham­pi­ons­hip Se­ries, held main­ly in North A­me­ri­ca, A­me­ri­can Hon­da’s fac­to­ry te­am will con­ti­nue with Ken Ro­czen and Co­le See­ly.

P­ho­tos: QuickPic

To­ni Bou in acti­on.

Marc Mar­quez wins the Mo­toGP Wor­ld C­ham­pi­ons­hip. He had his con­tract re­ne­wed.

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