- March 24, 2023
After announcing its off-road motorsports strategy last November 2022, Honda Philippines Inc. (HPI) said that it is further strengthening its commitment with a series of collaborations that aims to intensify its racing brand.
At a recent event held at the Honda Safety Driving Center, the company bared its plans to go full throttle in the domestic and international racing scene and give Filipino riders a chance to achieve their dream to become world-class competitive riders.
In international racing competitions, HPI will continue to support racing teams together with other Honda subsidiaries in Asia. These include Moto 2 and 3 Idemitsu Honda Team Asia and Honda Asia Dream Racing with Showa. The latter will be joining the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) ASB1000 class and the Suzuka 8 Hour with the participation of the first and only Filipino mechanic to join the crew.
HPI will also continue to join domestic racing competitions and hold the Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup (HPDC) program try-outs this year as part of its grassroots initiatives.
Young Filipino racers Jakob Sablaya (NAMSSA 2022 Rider of the Year) and Alfonsi Daquigan (TSR Overall Champion) were also given plaques of appreciation for their performance in last year’s domestic racing competitions using the SupraGTR150 and CBR150R.
HPI is also collaborating with professional racing team HARC–PRO and will continue to participate in ARRC under the team name SDG (Showa Denki Group) MS HARC- PRO Honda Philippines, with its Japanese riders in ASB1000, #73 Haruki Naguchi and AP250, #27 Chihiro Ishii.
They will also be nurturing young riders through scholarship training via the 2023 Honda Young Riders Training Program. World-class riders Yuki Kunii and Haruki Noguchi will be sharing their skills starting this February 2023 at the Tarlac Circuit Hill using the CBR300R racing bikes.