Honda Racing Corporation has announced its motorsport plans for 2021 as it plans to dominate two-wheeled championships ranging from trials to MotoGP, Motocross, Dakar and beyond.
Mark Marquez will return to the Moto GGP next season while Ricky Brabeck will defend his crown at Dakar
Honda Racing Corporation has announced its plans for the year 2021 in relation to motorsport events and activities. The Japanese auto giant’s motorsport arm plans to participate in most circuit racing championships, while its presence dominates off-road and trial programs. Honda has a strong history of two-wheeled motorsport and the company won more than 800 Grand Prix in MotGP last season.
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Honda plans to return to its winning ways in MotoGP and is ready to take on allied Rapsol Honda team Mark Marquez and Paul Espergro from the factory. Alex Marquez replaces Alex Marquez at Paul Rapsol Honda and joins the LCR Honda Satellite Team for next year. The decision was made before the start of the 2020 season and has remained the same despite Alex’s impressive growth rate during the season. However, following the 2021 rules, both the Factory and Satellite teams will use the 2020 RC213V race machine. So all four riders will have the same machine on the grid, which makes them equal contenders for the championship. With regard to Mark Marquez’s position, Rider will miss the winter test to focus on recovery, but there is no word on whether Raider will be able to compete in the early stages of the 2021 campaign.
The Imidatso Honda team will compete in the Asia Moto 2 class against Somkiat Chantra from Thailand and I Ogura from Japan, while the Honda team will compete against Andy Farid Izharhar and Yuki Kuni in the Asia Moto 3. Honda will also compete in the FIM Superbike World Championships with riders Lavaro Bautista and Leon Haslam. The factory team will land the CBR 1000 RR-R Fireblade SP in the premier production racing series.
In addition, Honda will compete in the Motorcross and Trial Championships and the team will compete in the FIM Motocross World Championship Series (MXGP) with HRC, along with Michelle Evans and Tim Gajsar. The AMA Supercross World Championship Series (450SX) team will be seen competing on CRF 450 with Ken Roxon and Chase Sexton. And Honda plans to maintain its dominance in the FIM Trial World Championship Series (TrialGP) with the return of 14-time winner Tony Bau. With Takahisa Fujinami to claim his 15th title.
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Honda is defending its Dakar crown in the big update 2021 edition. Ricky Brabeck wins Honda for the first time in 31 years in the 2020 edition of Saudi Arabia in Arabia and the team is fielding a four-wheeled team for the 43rd edition, which includes Brebeck along with Jose Ignacio Cornejo, Kevin Benavids and Joan Bereda. Including Rides will be on CRF 450 rally bikes.