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Honda riders enjoy a highly successful 2013 Isle of Man TT

Honda TT Legends rider Michael Dunlop won 4 out of 5 races

Honda-powered machinery won all seven of the solo and sidecar races that they took part in at the 2013 Isle of Man TT. Honda TT Legends rider Michael Dunlop won 4 out of his five races, with team-mate John McGuinness taking the honours in the Senior TT, the most prestigious race of the week-long activities. Since beginning their racing involvement on the island back in 1959, Honda’s overall tally is now standing at 170 TT wins.
TT race week began in spectacular style with the first of the Sidecar races. Quadruple World Champion Tim Reeves took his first TT victory alongside passenger Dan Sayle, aboard their Honda-based machine.

Neil Tuxworth, Manager for Honda Racing, said: “The Isle of Man TT is and always will be a very special event for Honda. It’s where we began racing back in 1959 and it is always high on our racing agenda. We are extremely pleased to have achieved such strong results in 2013 with our supported teams and to have taken both Superbike races with the Honda TT Legends team.

Honda TT Legends Riders John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter

“Every race, in which a Honda-powered machine started, was won by a Honda-powered machine and we have very much proved that both the CBR600RR and CBR1000RR Fireblade are still the bikes to beat on the roads.”

Attention then turned to Sunday’s highly anticipated Superbike race, which ended in an all-Honda podium. Honda TT Legends’ Michael Dunlop stormed to victory to bring home his first TT win for Honda, 30 years after his uncle Joey Dunlop achieved the same feat. Team-mate John McGuinness took third place behind Wilson Craig Honda’s Cameron Donald and in doing so set a new outright lap record of 131.67mph.

Michael Dunlop won 4 out of 5 races

The following day saw Michael Dunlop securing his second win of the week in the Supersport race, with the MD Racing Honda CBR600RR. He then went on to take his second victory of the day in the Superstock race, setting a stunning new lap record of 131.220mph, only 3.5 seconds off the outright Superbike lap record on a stock CBR1000RR Fireblade.

In the second Supersport race, Michael Dunlop put in another blistering performance with his MD Racing Honda to secure the win and set another new lap record of 128.667mph. Bruce Anstey and John McGuinness – both riding for HM Plant Honda by Padgett’s Motorcycles – placed second and third respectively to complete another all-Honda podium. The second Sidecar race on the same day saw former World Champions Ben and Tom Birchall leading from start to finish aboard their Honda-powered machinery to take their first TT victory.

All eyes then turned to the final battle of the Isle of Man TT, the one everyone wants to win – the Senior TT. With four wins already in the bag, Michael Dunlop was aiming for five out of five, while John McGuinness was on the hunt for his first TT victory of 2013. It was McGuinness who triumphed after an epic battle with Honda TT Legends team-mate Dunlop and in doing so took his 20th TT win and 41st podium, whilst just behind them came in Kiwi Bruce Anstey completing yet another Honda 1-2-3 on his Padgetts machine.

John McGuinness still managed to win the prestigious Senior TT race

Certainly Honda enjoyed a great week on the Isle of Man and now with a total of 170 TT wins behind them, they look forward to returning to the island in 2014 for another all-out campaign.

 

 

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013 – Round 06: Catalunya – June 16 2013

Pedrosa & Marquez Second & Third for Honda at Catalunya

Dani Pedrosa leading Marc Marquez

Local stars Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V’s) finished second and third in the Catalan Grand Prix at Catalunya, a race run in sweltering conditions where the riders skills in managing their tyres became the deciding factor.

The team-mates chased Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) throughout, spending most of the 25 laps less than half a second behind the reigning World Champion, who stretched his advantage in the final few laps to win by just 1.7 seconds.

Pedrosa’s second successive runner-up result – following wins at Jerez and Le Mans – means he retains the World Championship lead, with a seven-point advantage over Lorenzo at one-third distance in the 18-round series.

Pedrosa started his 200th Grand Prix from pole position, also for the second race in a row, but was edged out in the race to the first corner by Lorenzo, with MotoGP rookie Marquez slotting into third after an excellent start from the second row of the grid. The trio stayed in those positions throughout, but they remained close, with the gaps changing by tenths or even hundredths of a second as the race unfolded.

Dani Pedrosa

In the early stages Pedrosa was comfortable running Lorenzo’s pace but when he tried to step up his rhythm to attack he found himself on the limit with front grip. So he waited patiently for the fuel load to go down to ease the issue but he never had enough speed into the corners to try for the lead, even though he altered his position on the bike to ease the load on the front tyre.

Then in the closing stages Marquez – who had set the fastest lap of the race on lap three – began to challenge his team-mate for second. The reigning Moto2 champ came closest to getting past with two laps to go, when he got inside Pedrosa at Turn Four, only to suffer a major front-end moment. He performed a miracle to stay on and even then didn’t give up the chase, crossing the line a mere 0.063 seconds down on Pedrosa.

Marc Marquez

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) backed up his fourth-place finish at Mugello – a result that equalled his career-best in the premier class – with a good ride to fifth. He spent much of the race riding with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), whom he beat at Mugello after a fearsome end-of-race encounter.

MotoGP rookie Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) was happy to score his first points in the championship, with a 14th place finish in tricky conditions.

Alvaro Bautista (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) had another bitterly disappointing day, sliding off at Turn Ten on the first lap after losing the front. He was challenging Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) at the time. Two weeks ago at Mugello the Spaniard and the Italian both crashed out after colliding on the first lap of the race.

Bautista was far from the only man to hit the gravel today. The baking hot conditions caused grip worries for many riders after the first few laps. In all, seven of the 24 starters crashed out.

Moto2
Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) reignited his challenge for the 2013 Moto2 title with his first win since Qatar in the Honda-powered championship. The local – born just eight kilometres from the circuit – dominated the race, riding in team formation with team-mate Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex).

Espargaro attributed his return to form to a fruitful post-race test at Mugello, where he improved his feeling for his bike and Dunlop’s 2013 tyres. At the Catalan GP he led from pole, let his team-mate through shortly after half-distance, followed him for a while and then surged ahead once more. Rabat never gave up, closing onto the leader’s rear wheel at the start of the final lap, but he was unable to find a way past before the flag. Espargaro’s second win of the year moved him from fifth to second in the points standings, just ahead of Rabat and 35 points behind series leader Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex), who finished fourth.

Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Suter) filled the last place on the podium and the Swiss was delighted with the result, his first top-three finish since he returned from breaking an arm during preseason testing. At one point Luthi looked like he might be able to run with Espargaro and Rabat, but in the end he had to settle for a comfortable third, some way ahead of Redding.

Moto3
Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) rode a heroic Moto3 race, spending the early laps battling in the midst of the lead group, at one point working his way through to second spot. But as the race wore on and engine temperatures rose, the hard-charging Australian slipped back to seventh, his second best result of the year so far. He finished sixth in April’s Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas.

Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda) also rode a strong race, winning a breathtaking nine-man dogfight for eighth. The group battled together for much of the race, often four or five abreast as they hit the brakes at the end of Catalunya’s long start/finish straight. The Frenchman crossed the line at the head of the group, followed closely by seven more Honda riders. Isaac Vinales (Bimbo Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda), Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda), Alan Techer (CIP TSR Honda), Danny Webb (Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda), Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda), Alessandro Tonucci (Team La Fonte Tasca Racing Honda) and Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda) filled 11th to 17th positions at the end of the race.

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix – 
Round 06: Catalunya

MotoGP

Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez on the Podium

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)

2

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

3

Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)

4

Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)

5

Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)

6

Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

7

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)

8

Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)

9

Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)

10

Michele PIRRO (Ignite Pramac Racing)

11

Danilo PETRUCCI (Came IodaRacing Project)

12

Claudio CORTI (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)

13

Yonny HERNANDEZ (Paul Bird Motorsport)

14

Bryan STARING (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)

15

Javier DEL AMOR (Avintia Blusens)

Moto2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)

2

Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)

3

Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac)

4

Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)

5

Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)

6

Randy KRUMMENACHE (Technomag carXpert)

7

Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)

8

Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)

9

Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)

10

Simone CORSI (NGM Mobile Racing)

11

Mattia PASINI (NGM Mobile Racing)

12

Mike DI MEGLIO (JiR Moto2)

13

Danny KENT (Tech 3)

14

Axel PONS (Tuenti HP 40)

15

Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)

Moto3

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

2

Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

3

Maverick VINALES (Team Calvo)

4

Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

5

Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)

6

Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)

7

Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology – RTG)

8

Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)

9

Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

10

Arthur SISSIS (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

11

Isaac VINALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)

12

Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)

13

Alan TECHER (CIP Moto3)

14

Danny WEBB (Ambrogio Racing)

15

Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)

 

 

TEAM HRC announces 2014 Dakar Rally Riders

TEAM HRC 2014 Dakar Rally Riders

TEAM HRC (Honda works motorcycle rally team) recently announced in Mugello, Italy, the riders competing in the next Dakar Rally 2014. Five riders will line up on the new works CRF450 RALLY, Helder Rodrigues (Portugal, aged 34), Sam Sunderland (United Kingdom, 24), Javier Pizzolito (Argentina, 33), Joan Barreda (Spain, 29), and Paulo Goncalves (Portugal, 34).

Helder Rodrigues

The team will set off now in June with some warm up events to prepare them for the main event, the Dakar, which begins on January 5, 2014 in Rosario, Argentina, It features some particularly gruelling stages in Bolivia and finishes on January 18 in Valparaiso, Chile, some
8 000kms later.

For Helder Rodrigues and Javier Pizzolito the countdown for the next Dakar begins in June with the Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina, while Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves debut on the new CRF450 RALLY in the Pharaoh’s Rally at the end of September. Sam Sunderland, after taking a thrilling third place in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, will continue the season with the other riders carrying out tests in North Africa, and will take part in the Morocco Rally and the Merzouga Rally.

TEAM HRC’ s aim is to win the Dakar, the most prestigious and toughest off road motorcycle race in the world. It also presents an exceptional workbench for the bike which in turn will become tomorrow’s mass-production model.

HRC’s Katsumi Yamazaki will serve as the Team Director with Martino Bianchi as General Manager of TEAM HRC who has 30 years experience in the off road racing scene. In addition, TEAM HRC is made up of approximately 30 staff members who all have rich experience with rally raids and off-road races.

 

 

Honda fielding 11 entrants at Pikes Peak, including 532-hp Odyssey

Honda Odyssey bound for the Pikes Peak Hillclimb

Is it possible for a minivan to be more exciting than an Acura NSX? Well, Honda is trying to find out by entering a 532-horsepower Odyssey into the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with IndyCar racer Simon Pagenaud behind the wheel.

Starting with a stock Odyssey, Honda dropped in a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 producing an estimated 532 hp and 460 pound-feet of torque as well as racing suspension, tires and brakes and one of the biggest roll cages you’re likely to ever see. If this van looks familiar to you, you aren’t alone ? it’s a veteran of the Tire Rack One Lap of America.

In addition to this super minivan, Honda will also be entering a first-gen NSX, CR-Z hybrid, Fit EV and Acura TL into the competition as well as five motorcycles and an all-terrain vehicle.