News 3 Jun 2011

Next year's Moto3 contender unveiled by Honda Racing Corporation at Catalunya

Honda will unveil the new NSF250R this weekend at Catalunya.

Honda unveiled the new NSF250R at Catalunya.

Honda Racing have unveiled their new NSF250R four stroke machine that will be used in the future Moto3 class in 2012, which will replace the current two stroke GP125cc, at Catalunya yesterday.

This high-performance, lightweigh t and compact racing machine offers young riders a good base to learn the basics in order to progress, and inherits important elements from the Honda RS125R, which has a long and successful history.

“The concept of the NSF250R represents an important step forward for us, to create the next racing standard,” said development project leader, Yoshiyuki Kurayoshi.

“The main characteristics are a lightweight and compact machine, with high power and high efficiency, aiming to revitalise the road racing popularity.”

In total Honda has nurtured 29 All Japan Championship 125 cc class Champions, and won a grand total of 164 Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (WGP) victories and 15 manufacturer Championships, of which 11 were with the RS125R.

With the introduction of the NSF250R machine and the new Moto3 class, Honda aims to continue expanding the base for two wheel Motorsport.

Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice President and the NSF250R Development Project Leader Yoshiyuki Kurayoshi, presented the concept and the technical specifications of the new machine.

“I’m very happy to be here in Catalunya launching the new machine that Honda has produced to compete in the Moto3 category next season,” Nakamoto commented.

“From the MT125R of 1976 to the RS125R, Honda has produced many market racing machines during this 34 year period and nurtured a number of racing riders.

“We have enjoyed much success with RS125R and we hope this new machine will provide a similar story.”

“Our greatest joy would be for the machine to serve as a springboard in creating future MotoGP Champion riders.”

HRC will sell the NSF250R machine, engine and spare parts in Europe and other countries through the Honda Motorcycle dealer network and also through GEO Technology, an official supporter of the Moto3 class.

Alex Crivillé, ex-500cc World Champion on the Honda NSR500, will perform demonstration laps on Friday June third and Sunday June five before the MotoGP race in Barcelona.