Honda Factory Team to Participate in 2018 All Japan Road Race Championship and Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race

December 20, 2017, Japan


Honda announced that its factory team “Team HRC” will participate in the 2018 season MFJ*1 All Japan Road Race Championship (JRR) and the FIM*2 World Endurance Racing Championship Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race (Suzuka 8hours).

Honda will participate in the JRR JSB1000 class and Suzuka 8hours as a factory team for the first time in ten years, since its last appearance in 2008. Team HRC will be racing with factory bikes based on the CBR1000RR, and HRC rider Takumi Takahashi will be aiming to win back-to-back JSB1000 class titles and victory at the Suzuka 8hours.

Honda continues to share happiness with its customers through contributing to the growth of motor sports activities through its belief in the corporate slogan “The Power of Dreams.”

Katsuhide Moriyama | Corporate Executive Officer and Director of Brand and Communications Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
“By challenging the pinnacle as a factory team, Honda aims to develop its riders and team personnel. Honda will strive to meet the expectations of all motor sports fans, and looks forward to support for Honda’s racing team.”

Yoshishige Nomura | President, Honda Racing Corporation
“Honda will be competing as a factory team for the first time in ten years in the JRR JSB1000 class, the pinnacle of road racing in Japan and a more intense 2018 season with 13 races over 9 rounds*3, and the Suzuka 8hours, an extremely challenging race. Team HRC, the challenger, will work together, aim to win. We look forward to the support of our racing fans.”

  • *1MFJ: Motorcycle Federation of Japan
  • *2FIM: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
  • *3For the JSB1000 class, Rounds 1, 2, 4, 7 and 9 (final round) consist of two races per round. (No JSB1000 class races for Round 5)