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Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC)

Honda riders who have moved up levels and are top scorers stand a chance to participate in the world’s toughest race, Asia Road Racing Championship. Multiple rounds at ARRC give the right kind of exposure and a golden opportunity to showcase skills. Every year, 7 rounds are held, and Honda riders get to experience professional racing on a highly-skilled and global level. There’s a lot to gain from participating in the ARRC.  

2016 onwards Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India started participating in Asia Road Racing Championship. It is one of the prestigious racing events in the Asia Pacific region since 1996 under the lens of FederationInternationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).

HMSI shortlisted two riders for Asia Road Racing Championship in2016 & 2017. Sarath Kumar participated in SuperSport 600CC class &Rajiv Sethu participated in AP250 class.

In 2018, we were first to create a solo Indian Team at the AsiaRoad Racing Championship. The riders were selected on the basis of their aptitude, interviews and number of races won in the previous calendar year. The two riders selected were Rajiv Sethu and Anish D Shetty under AP250 Class.

In 2019, we are taking the next step and bringing the best of world's motorsport to India. It’s a proud feeling to share that Indian riders will now race on the same machine platform as World Champions of Moto3. The riders representing the Honda Racing India team in 2019 are Rajiv Sethu and Senthil Kumar.

These riders will compete in the race with other Asian riders from12 countries. At the end of ARRC, the top riders will be selected for CV RepsolChampionship and Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race and the best will get a chance to be part of Moto 2 or Moto 3 Racing teams, further-reaching greater heights in their career.

Our two-pronged approach of Brand Leadership & Structural Development, not only spells our ambition to lead motorsport culture in India today; but moreover, create the next iconic rider from India and fast-track their development to the world level with a 360-degree roadmap. 

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Asia Talent Cup (ATC)

The Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup is run by Dorna, the organisers of the MotoGP™ World Championship, the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, the Honda British Talent Cup and the Northern Talent Cup, as well as co-organiser of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.


The competition provides an opportunity for the most talented young riders in Asia and Oceania to make their first steps on the Road to MotoGP™. Starting from month of March, Asia Talent Cup 2022 will be having 6 rounds to be held in Qatar, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia & Thailand.

The organisation provides all-encompassing support to riders with a full, professional infrastructure meeting international racing standards, as well as managing the logistics involved in running a pan-Asian series.

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Thailand Talent Cup (TTC)

Competitive and aggressive, Thailand Talent Cup is one of the most sought-after racing events, globally. Different brands and their riders come together on this platform to race against each other and aim for the cup! Held in Thailand, Honda riders get a chance to showcase their talent here!

We fast-tracked our rider’s career development to be part of the 2019 Thailand Talent Cup, which is our development platform for young Asian Riders on NSF250R, a Moto3 like a machine.


Senthil Kumar competed in the Thailand Talent Cup in 2018 – where he enjoyed some strong results – and clinching third place in the 2018 INMRC Pro Stock 165cc championship back home.


We're happy to announce that we will be fielding 14-year-old Mohamed Mikail and 18-year-old Kritik Habib for the 2019 season of the Thailand Talent Cup. Both riders were part of the inaugural Idemitsu Honda India Talent Hunt; Mikail even won the title in the 150cc category, while Habib finished third in the same category.

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Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC)-PS 165

The National Championship is a national platform where all other brands’ riders come and race against each other. Racers who become the top scorers here make their way through global events. The National Championship gives the racers an advantage to showcase their talent, proving to be beneficial for them!


The2018 Indian National Motorsport Racing Championship saw the intense competition. Honda riders dominated the top winning 4 out of the 6 championship podiums of the season. 

Overcoming all the challenges, our riders in the SS165cc category, Rajiv Sethu and MathanaKumar grabbed a historic double whammy and finished the season at 2nd and 3rdposition.


In parallel to this, the IDEMITSU Honda Ten10 Racing team sealed the Triple-crown in Pro-Stock 165cc for the 4th year in a row. Anish Shetty sealed the riders championship in 2018 season in his name. Senthil Kumar completed doubled the joy yet again with 3rd position. The team not only won the riders championship but further asserted their dominance by securing the Team as well as constructor championship.


In the2019 Indian National Motorsport Racing Championship Round 1, Sarath Kumarbagged the 1st and 2nd positions in Race 1 and Race 2, in the PS165 Category.

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Honda India Talent Cup - CBR150

The Honda India Talent Cup is held across the country at various racing tracks, proving to be a national platform for Honda riders to showcase their mettle and fight it out amongst other Honda riders, challenging them to give it their best! Here, our riders get to test their racing skills on a professional platform after months of training at the Racing Academy, in the CBR150 cc category. This is our first step towards racing, professionally.


Riders who perform well in the Honda India Talent Cup get a chance to represent the Honda Racing India Team at the Thailand Talent Cup. We are proud to share that 2 riders from Honda Talent cup namely 14-year-old Mohammed Mikail and 18-year-old Kritik Habib has taken the next step in their journey and have been representing Honda Racing India at the international stage.

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Honda India Talent Cup - NSF250R

At Honda Racing India, the upcoming motor racers get an opportunity to partake in NSF Racing Championship to be held in India. The one to be held in 2019 is the NSF 250R Racing Championship. This opportunity will act as an exciting platform for riders who’d like to see themselves competing in events, globally. This event will also feature Honda’s 250R Moto3 bike, a chance for riders to prove their mettle and showcase skills with a bike that is powered by a 249cc engine and a RAM air intake. The Honda NSF250R has a low center of gravity and an optimized swingarm. 

Worldwide, racing starts at a very young age. To address this problem in India, we introduced the IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt - a platform to identify young riders in 2018. Already, these young guns are showing high-potential. As a next step, we are now bringing the World to India with the Moto3 machine NSF250R. This revolutionary step is the first-ever by any manufacturer and will exponentially accelerate the development of future stars of racing and propel them in the international arena too. 

NSF250R is the original race machine developed exclusively byHonda Racing Corporation for world’s best racing championship. The new NSF250RHonda Talent Cup is the perfect stepping stone for India’s talented young riders to improve their skills, giving them an opportunity to fast track their international racing career.

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Hornet 2.0 One Make Race

Taking a step further in its endeavours to expand motorsports culture in India, Honda 2Wheelers India brings Hornet 2.0 on the racetrack with the introduction of Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race. With a grid of 15 riders, the Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race will provide opportunity to racing enthusiasts & our customers to experience the thrill of racing.

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