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Honda PCX150 is the must have accessory for the modern inner city traveler

Honda PCX150

The Honda PCX150 is proving ever popular with South African commuters, it features a powerful 150cc version of Honda’s ESP (enhanced Smart Power) engine – a brand new single-cylinder, liquid-cooled four-stroke unit designed to provide enhanced durability, frugality, and quiet operation. Honda was the first manufacturer, in 2006, to announce voluntary, per-unit CO2 emission reduction targets for all of its products (and the plants that produce them): the new generation of engines represents a step forward in environmental terms in keeping with this approach.

Together with its sister bike the PCX125, the PCX150 is Honda’s benchmark for everything a small-capacity scooter should be; practical: fashionable, and above all, fun.

Styling that is sculpture-like in form and timeless in design

The PCX 150 has to perform as transport, but must also be stylish. It effortlessly mixes elegant form with pure function: flowing and curvaceous lines present a contemporary and dynamic image – perfectly formed to be seen around town – but the full-bodied front cowl and dark-tinted screen also protect the rider from the elements. Long, spacious foot rests provide plenty of room to stretch and complement the plush seat, and the striking dual headlight design, flanked by svelte, upward-slanting indicators that add depth and real presence to the PCX’s ‘face’.
Engine

Several factors drove development of Honda’s next generation scooter engine; enhanced durability with excellent performance, quieter running, reduced CO2 production and improved fuel economy.

The153cc single-cylinder, four-stroke, liquid-cooled SOHC two-valve unit employs a host of low-friction technologies to improve efficiency in terms of output and economy. The overall weight and physical dimensions of the engine have been minimized to allow a greater packaging choice around it for a variety of platforms to come.
Chassis

A durable tubular steel underbone frame allows a low seat height (761mm) while the 1,305mm wheelbase and relaxed steering geometry combine to create a very reassuring and stable ride. The turning radius is a tight 1.98m, allowing for easy manoeuvres in tricky spaces, while 14″ cast aluminium wheels add stability and rider confidence.
Safety

The Combined Brake System operates between the front 220mm front disc/three-piston caliper and 130mm rear drum, and equalises the braking forces for smooth, progressive and effective performance.

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WTCC World Touring Car Championship 2014 – Round 08: Argentina – August 3, 2014

Michelisz Races to Podium in FIA WTCC in Argentina

Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro

Norbert Michelisz stood proudly on the podium after Race 1 having driven his Zengő Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC to a strong second place overall in the FIA World Touring Car Championship event here at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina. The young Hungarian star made a lightning start from the second row of the grid to be alongside the pole position man as they dived for the first corner. Norbi ended lap 1 in second position and drove brilliantly to hold this place to the flag.

Tiago Monteiro also made a great start from row 3 to challenge for 3rd place on the first few corners before settling into fifth place and a race long duel with Tom Chilton but the Portuguese held the position to the end of the race even though a damaged shock absorber made the Civic hard to control. Gabriele Tarquini, his team-mate in the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team, brought his Civic home in 8th place, one position ahead of Mehdi Bennani in the Proteam Racing Civic.

A delighted Michelisz was naturally pleased with his result. 
“I am a happy man, I’m really happy with this result. I made the positions up at the start and was comfortable all race in second position. Only in the last laps did Muller come back at me but the gap was big enough for me to take second place as my best result so far this season and gain more championship points.”

With Honda Civics starting Race 2 in 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th position the start was going to be dramatic. Bennani, Tarquini and Monteiro all forced their way past Valente who had started on the front row and at the end of lap 1 Bennani held second position followed by Tarquini with Monteiro 4th and Michelisz in heavy traffic in 8th place. By half distance Gabriele was in second place shadowed by Tiago with Bennani displaced as the eventual winner came through the field. Tarquini eventually finished in 4th ahead of Monteiro whilst Michelisz held on to 7th with Bennani finishing in 8th place overall.

“I made a good start in Race 2,” said Gabriele. “Then I had a small battle with Mehdi and then Tiago to hold second for some time. The car was ok, we have improved a lot but the way Lopez and Muller passed me for second and third surprised me. We need to work more in the next weeks before the next race.”

Norbert Michelisz

Tiago Monteiro enjoyed Race 2. “I had a good start and then enjoyed the battle with Gabriele but did not want to take any risks for us both trying to pass. I’m still 4th in the drivers’ points table so I must continue to finish each race as strongly as possible.”

For Michelisz Race 2 was all about finishing. “My start was not so good and after that I had contact from two other drivers so I settled for 7th place, some points and a safe finish so the Civic is ready for the next events.”

For Mehdi Bennani the second race was a mixture of emotions: “The start and first few laps were good then I was blocked by Chilton and after that the handling of my car was difficult.”

Alessandro Mariani, Managing Director of J.A.S. Motorsport assessed the Argentine weekend.

“After the Valencia test we found new ways to improve the competitiveness of the car and this has been evident during this event. However, as the Team Principal, I am frustrated at not achieving better final results, but we learned a lot using the latest evolutions in racing conditions and that is encouraging for the future.”

Daisuke Horiuchi, Large Project Leader for WTCC development at Honda R & D echoed this sentiment: “I am happy as this weekend the car showed overall improvement in both the chassis and engine; our continuous development of the engine mapping is now paying off and we are closer to the competition compared to Spa.”

WTCC World Touring Car Championship
Round 08: Argentina

Race 1

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Jose LOPEZ (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)

2

Norbert MICHELISZ (Honda Civic WTCC)

3

Yvan MULLER (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)

4

Sebastien LOEB (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)

5

Tiago MONTEIRO (Honda Civic WTCC)

6

Tom CHILTON (Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1)

8

Gabriele TARQUINI (Honda Civic WTCC)

9

Mehdi BENNANI (Honda Civic WTCC)

Race 2

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Jose LOPEZ (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)

2

Rob HUFF (LADA Granta 1.6T)

3

Yvan MULLER (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)

4

Gabriele TARQUINI (Honda Civic WTCC)

5

Tiago MONTEIRO (Honda Civic WTCC)

6

Sebastien LOEB (Citroen C-Elysee WTCC)

7

Norbert MICHELISZ (Honda Civic WTCC)

8

Mehdi BENNANI (Honda Civic WTCC)

 

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MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2014 – Round 11: Czech Republic – August 17, 2014

Perfect Pedrosa Maintains Honda’s Clean Sweep of 2014 Wins

Dani Pedrosa and the Repsol Honda Team

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) rode a superbly judged race at Brno to score his first victory of the season and thereby end the winning streak of team-mate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) who came home fourth this afternoon. Pedrosa’s 26th MotoGP victory strengthened his second place in the World Championship standings and moved him to within 77 points of Marquez with seven races remaining.

Pedrosa – who had already won here in MotoGP, 250s and 125s – started well from the second row of the grid and steadily worked his way to the front, setting a new lap record and then grabbing the lead from Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) at Turn Three on lap six. Although Lorenzo tried everything in his power to stay with the Honda he couldn’t quite manage it around the fast, majestic Brno circuit. At one point Pedrosa built a 1.7 second advantage over his closest rival, finally crossing the line 0.410 seconds ahead as he battled some front-end chatter issues during the final laps. After the race he strongly congratulated his team for his first win since Sepang 2013.

Marquez had won the previous ten races and looked likely to continue his winning streak after yesterday taking his ninth pole position of the year, but it was not to be. After passing Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) in the early stages it seemed that he would attempt to attack Lorenzo and Pedrosa and take the lead. But this time he didn’t quite have the set-up to challenge at the front. He was losing a fraction of second as he accelerated out of every corner due to a slight lack of rear grip. Initially he attempted to make up for the handicap by braking later into corners, but that only overheated the front tire.

As intelligent as he is fast, Marquez realized it would be impossible to win the race and eventually lost the battle for third with Rossi. He was not disheartened though. He always knew he would get beaten one day and even announced that he now feels more relaxed because he no longer has to bear the pressure of trying to win every race. With 11 rounds done and seven to go, the 21-year-old reigning champion is still to retain his title.

Marc Marquez followed by Valentino Rossi

After crashing out at Indy last weekend, Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) was happy to score more points today, taking seventh place despite taking a wrong turn during practice which lost him time in trying to find the perfect set-up for today’s race. The German did his best to catch Ducati duo Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso but in the later stages he struggled with front-end grip.

Alvaro Bautista (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) finished the race all alone in tenth position after a difficult weekend, once again lacking the kind of rear grip he needs to perform at his best.

Scott Redding (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RCV1000R) had another brilliant ride on his Open-spec, beating Michele Pirro on a factory Ducati and gathering a useful five championship points. Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive 7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R) finished just behind Pirro while local star Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing Honda RCV1000R) won a long duel for 14th place with Leon Camier (Drive 7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R), deputising for Nicky Hayden who is recovering from wrist injury.

Moto2 World Championship leader Tito Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex) won a crucial victory in the Honda-powered Moto2 race, taking his first win since June’s Catalan Grand Prix. During the previous three races he had lost ground to team-mate Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex) who won at Indy last Sunday to shrink the Spaniard’s advantage to just seven points.

Rabat led from pole position and immediately built a small advantage over his pursuers, led by Kallio. At one point he was three seconds ahead but then rain began to fall at certain parts of the circuit and his lead withered to just over two seconds. However, Rabat kept his cool in the tricky conditions to score his fifth success of the year and widen his championship lead over second-place finisher Kallio to 12 points.

Last man on the podium was former Moto3 World Champion Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP, Kalex) who is now fully fit following his injury in Qatar. He kept his head down to avoid falling into the clutches of the group battling behind him. This was Cortese’s first Moto2 podium.

Fourth place went to Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock, Suter) who recovered brilliantly from a big tumble in morning warm-up. Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert, Suter) was a close fifth, Maverick Vinales (Pons HP 40, Kalex) sixth and Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team, Kalex) seventh, the four of them covered by just 2.5 seconds.

Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team, Kalex) finished eighth, just a few tenths ahead of Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham, Caterham Suter), with Marcel Schrotter (Tech3) rounding out the top ten.

Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250RW) scored a superb maiden win in the Moto3 race, his first Grand Prix success at the 133rd time of trying. The 27-year-old Frenchman’s victory came at the end of a cliff-hanger of a race during which up to 17 riders battled for position in the leading group. The lead and other positions changed at every other corner as riders fought to gain the slightest advantage. During the closing stages Masbou found himself barged back a few places but he regained his composure and timed his counter-attack to perfection, crossing the line a slender 0.157 seconds ahead of Enea Bastianini (KTM).

Pole position man Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) was in the contest for the win pretty much throughout the race, eventually crossing the line 0.013 seconds behind third-placed Danny Kent (Husqvarna). However, his fourth place has slightly closed the points gap on World Championship leader Jack Miller (KTM) who was fifth today, a hair’s breadth behind the Spaniard.

It could all have been so different for Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) who was also up front, fighting with Masbou, Marquez and the others. He was in the lead at the start of the final lap and this was when he made his mistake – he immediately sat up to celebrate what he thought was his first victory of the season. But as the lead group surged past him to begin the final lap, he realized his error and started racing again. But it was too late and by the end he was ninth.

Indianapolis winner Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda NSF250RW) was in the thick of the lead group and had his hands full fighting with the riders immediately around him – his leathers bore the signs of several contacts. He was eighth at the finish, albeit just 0.549 seconds second off the win. He now sits third in the title chase, just one point behind Marquez.

John McPhee (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda NSF250RW) had his luck run out when he was taken out by another rider.

Many teams stay here to test tomorrow before heading north west and across the English Channel for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 31.

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 
Round 11: Czech Republic Race

MotoGP

Rank Rider (Team) F/O

1

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team) F

2

Jorge LORENZO (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) F

3

Valentino ROSSI (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) F

4

Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team) F

5

Andrea IANNONE (Pramac Racing) F

6

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team) F

7

Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP) F

8

Aleix ESPARGARO (NGM Forward Racing) O

9

Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) F

10

Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO & FUN Honda Gresini) F

11

Scott REDDING (GO & FUN Honda Gresini) O

12

Michele PIRRO (Ducati Team) F

13

Hiroshi AOYAMA (Drive M7 Aspar) O

14

Karel ABRAHAM (Cardion AB Motoracing) O

15

Leon CAMIER(Drive M7 Aspar) O

* F=Factory option, O=Open category

Moto2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Esteve RABAT (Marc VDS Racing Team)

2

Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)

3

Sandro CORTESE (Dynavolt Intact GP)

4

Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2)

5

Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)

6

Maverick VIÑALES (Paginas Amarillas HP 40)

7

Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)

8

Franco MORBIDELLI (Italtrans Racing Team)

9

Johann ZARCO (AirAsia Caterham)

10

Marcel SCHROTTER (Tech 3)

11

Axel PONS (AGR Team)

12

Simone CORSI (NGM Forward Racing)

13

Hafizh SYAHRIN (Petronas Raceline Malaysia)

14

Xavier SIMEON (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2)

15

Jonas FOLGER (AGR Team)

Moto3

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)

2

Enea BASTIANINI (Junior Team GO & FUN Moto3)

3

Danny KENT (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo)

4

Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

5

Jack MILLER (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

6

Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)

7

Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)

8

Efren VAZQUEZ (SaxoPrint-RTG)

9

Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

10

Isaac VIÑALES (Calvo Team)

11

Romano FENATI (SKY Racing Team VR46)

12

Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo)

13

Niccolò ANTONELLI (Junior Team GO & FUN Moto3)

14

Jakub KORNFEIL (Calvo Team)

15

Karel HANIKA (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

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IndyCar Series 2014 – Round 16: Milwaukee – August 17, 2014

Late-Race Charge Nets Newgarden Fifth at Milwaukee

Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)

Issues in pit lane and a fuel strategy gamble that came up short hampered Honda Verizon IndyCar Series efforts at The Milwaukee Mile, as Josef Newgarden led the way for the manufacturer with a fifth-place run at the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers.

Starting fifth, Newgarden ran in the lead group throughout the first half of the 250-lap contest. Then, during the only caution period of the race on Lap 133, Newgarden’s Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team elected to go “off sequence”, moving him up to third as the rest of the field pitted, in the hopes that a later, fuel-saving caution would permit him to finish with just three pit stops. But with no additional yellow flags, Newgarden was forced to come in for a fourth and final stop on Lap 236. Resuming in 10th place with just 14 laps remaining, but on fresh tyres, Newgarden charged through the field, taking fifth place from Ryan Briscoe on the final lap.

Problems in pit lane delayed several other Honda-powered contenders, including Andretti Autosport drivers James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti, while Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay’s day also came to an early end with suspected suspension failure.

Simon Pagenaud kept his championship hopes alive with a seventh-place finish, gaining ground on second-ranked Helio Castroneves and moving into third in the title fight, 92 points behind leader and race winner Will Power.

IndyCar Series

Round 16: Milwaukee

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Will Power (Team Penske)

2

Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske)

3

Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

4

Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

5

Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)

6

Ryan Briscoe (NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing)

7

Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)

8

Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)

9

Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)

10

Jack Hawksworth (Bryan Herta Autosport)

13

Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)

14

Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)

15

Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)

17

Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)

19

James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)

20

Carlos Huertas (Dale Coyne Racing)

21

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)

22

Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport)

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Honda Racing Corporation enhances partnership with Red Bull

Marc Marquez

Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) is pleased to announce an evolution in their partnership with Austrian-based energy drink manufacturer, Red Bull Company Limited. After nine years of collaboration with the Repsol Honda Team and its riders – starting with Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa in 2006 – from next season, the Red Bull logo will be featured for the first time on the RC213V machines of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, and Red Bull will enhance its partnership by becoming the official energy drink partner.

In the nine years of collaboration, the Repsol Honda Team and Red Bull have celebrated a total of 58 wins, 172 podiums, 63 pole positions, three rider’s World Championships and four Constructors Championships.

Shuhei Nakamoto, Executive Vice President of HRC

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to grow our partnership with Red Bull. It is an iconic global brand with whom we’ve worked alongside for nine years, so this was the logical next step. I’m sure that this new partnership will increase our visibility, not only as Honda, but also MotoGP on a whole to a wider global audience, which can only be good for the sport”.