Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa spent two days in Indonesia following Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix, visiting the Sentul race circuit as a guest instructor at the Honda Racing School.
The Spanish three-time world champion passed on precious riding advice to 16 lucky Indonesian students between the ages of 11 and 15. Pedrosa also performed demonstration laps on a 110cc Honda Blade in Repsol Honda Team colours – one of the machines used by the school at which Noburu Ueda, the former Honda 125cc Grand Prix winner, is the chief instructor.
“It was really good fun to ride the 110cc Blade!” Pedrosa said. “Of course it has very little horsepower compared to my RC212V, but I think it’s very good for the kids to start understanding how to ride a bike, to be familiar with the gears and the necessary riding style.”
Pedrosa, who lies in second place in the MotoGP world championship, flew directly from San Francisco after this weekend’s race at Laguna Seca to the Indonesian capital Jakarta, and then travelled to Sentul.
The Honda Race School students and more than one thousand enthusiastic fans watched Pedrosa in his MotoGP racing gear doing laps at the Sentul karting circuit.
After spending time instructing the Honda Racing School students, Pedrosa agreed that he has always connected and communicated very well with children.
“I don’t know why, but I feel very comfortable with them,” he said. “And maybe in the future I will also think about working on some kind of a project, like my manager Alberto Puig did with me when I started with the MoviStar Cup”.
It was Pedrosa’s first time in Indonesia and the first official visit to the world’s fourth most populous country by a Honda MotoGP rider.
“I’m very surprised to learn how many people follow MotoGP in Indonesia.,” he said. “They are very passionate and really knowledgeable about the championship. It’s a nice country, the people are very friendly and everybody tells me that I should come again to visit Bali!”
The growing Indonesian market is an important one in which Honda is currently enlarging and strengthening its production of motorcycles.
Two weeks ago the Honda President, Mr Takanobu Ito, announced that Honda will increase motorcycle production in Indonesia from 3.3 million to 3.5 million by the end of this year. He also explained that by 2011 Honda will have constructed a new factory, aiming to raise annual motorcycle production to four million.
In 2009, the motorcycle market in Indonesia across all manufacturers was approximately 5.6 million machines, with Honda holding a 46 percent market share. Since establishing its first manufacturing alliance in Indonesia in 1971, Honda had produced more that 25 million motorcycles in Indonesia by 2009.