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Honda 2Wheelers India announces line-up for 2021 Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship & Honda India Talent Cup

Brings excitement to the track withintroduction of Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race

Chennai, 18 August, 2021: As the 2021 season of MRFMMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC) is all set tokick-off this weekend in Chennai, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt.Ltd. (HMSI) raises the curtain from its 2021 riders’ line-up for the nationalchampionship.

In 2021, Honda 2WheelersIndia will give more power to its direction of ‘Developing Iconic Indianrider for National & International Championships’ with an aggressive focuson Brand Leadership & Structural Development.

Honda 2Wheelers India entersthe 2021 Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC), vying tofurther strengthen its leadership in Pro-Stock 165cc category. With an impressive line-up of 2 seasoned riders inPro-stock 165cc category, IDEMITSU Honda SK 69 racing teamis eying for the championship this year.

Parallely, the IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup 2021will focus on developing and nurturing young potential ridersof today to become India’s star riders of tomorrow. The 12 next-gen riderswill ride on the Moto3 spec NSF250R in IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF250R.Feeding into this as first step will be the CBR150R category of the talent cupwith 14 riders, including the youngest of only 11 years of age!

Taking a step further in itsendeavours to expand motorsports culture in India, Honda 2Wheelers India bringsHornet 2.0 on the racetrack with the introduction of Honda Hornet 2.0 One MakeRace. Witha grid of 15 riders, the Honda Hornet2.0 One Make Race will provideopportunity to racing enthusiasts & our customers to experience the thrillof racing.

Speaking on the 2021 season,Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj –Senior Vice President - Brand &Communication, Honda Motorcycle& Scooter India. Pvt. Ltd. said, Led by the challenging spirit, we are ready for 2021season of the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship with an all-rounder line-up across categories and introduction of Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race. This year, with two ofour expert riders in Pro-stock 165cc category, we aim for the nationalchampionship this year. At the same time, the future of Indian racing willsimmer in the IDEMTISU Honda India Talent Cup when the 26 next-gen riders willhit back the racetrack. We areconfident of the hard-work of our riders and expect many surprises thisweekend.”

Extending leadership in theNational Championship – ProStock 165cc

Taking the Honda chargeahead in Pro-Stock 165cc category of Indian National Motorcycle RacingChampionship will be the rider duo of Rajiv Sethu and Senthil Kumar. Honda’s23 years old expert rider, Rajiv Sethu is three times podium finisher ofnational championship and a 2016 national champion whereas Senthil Kumargrabbed 2nd podium in the 2018 INMRC Pro-Stock 165cc championship. Backedby international racing experience at Asia Road Racing Championship, bothriders are gunning for top spots this year.

Developing iconic Indian riderwith IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF250R & CBR150R

Providing opportunity toyoung Indian riders to race on the pure racing machine, the IDEMITSU HondaRacing India Talent Cup NSF250R will see 12 riders proving their mettle on the racetrack.In 2021, 6 of these millennial riders including Kavin Quintal, Varoon S,Geoffrey Emanuel, Charan T from Chennai; Sarthak Chavan from Pune and Mohsinfrom Velachery will continue to ride NSF250R for 3rd season whereasSamual Martin, AS James from Bengaluru; Deepak S from Chennai and Raj Dashwanthfrom Trichy will ride it for 2nd season. The remaining 2 riders –Shyam Sundar of Chennai and Vivek Kapadia of Belgaum have been upgraded fromCBR150R category.

That’s not all. 14 young gunswill battle it out in the IDEMITSU Honda India Talent cup CBR150R category. Forthe first time, the CBR150R category will see a 11-year-old youngest rider AshwinVivek from Chennai who was identified at Honda India Talent Hunt 2021 alongwith Steve Waugh Sugi of Trichy. Joining them are young racing enthusiasts hand-pickedfrom Honda India Talent Hunt across India – be it from the Bokaro Steel City,Patna, Satara, Pune, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Malappuram & Chennai.

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