Honda PH begins 2019 racing season with Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup try-out

Honda Philippines
Honda Philippines

Clark, Pampanga—February 2, 2019—Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), the leading motorcycle manufacturer in the country, officially begins its 2019 Motorsports season by conducting the Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup (HPDC) Tryouts on January 26, 2019 at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga, Philippines. This served as the official selection process for nine talented young riders who will participate in the official races and undergo training in the Honda Racing Clinic.

HPDC is a Motor Sports program of HPI which aims to develop young riders in motorcycle racing using a specific one make race machine, namely the CBR150R – a 150cc, MotoGP DNA motorcycle.

The HPDC is also a step up program of HPI to young riders to qualify for international race programs of Honda and immerse in different environments to become better equipped for competitions.

Several riders registered as the day began, and the program was officially opened by HPI’s Adviser for Motorsports, Mr. Ryosuke Arai. Then Mr. Gilbert Sison, Group Head for Motorsports, welcomed the esteemed judges tasked to select the riders, namely racing coach Joey Rivero and Troy Alberto, international racer and HPI’s representative in Thai Talent Cup and Asia Talent Cup last 2018. They also oriented the participants on the try-out process and session inside the 4.2 km Race Track. Also present in the event is Mr. Eduardo Lumague, president– Unified Sports and Racing Association (USRA).

Riders of the ages twelve to seventeen were qualified to participate in the program to pursue their passion of racing and hone their skills through the Honda Racing Clinic, which will be taught by Joey Rivero himself.

At 10AM, sessions on the track began, with four sessions held in total and a Final Shoot out at the end. Riders showcased their skills and were evaluated by Rivero, Alberto, and Sison. Finally, nine riders and one reserve were able to qualify for HPDC, which are the following:

  • Carl James “Chino” P. Hung
  • Kurt Tristan “Ostong” Villanueva
  • Michael Nicol D. Lee
  • Christopher John “Kokoy” Mangibin
  • Sean Andrej Ondillo
  • Marco Gil D. Ventenilla
  • Joshua Gabriel S. De Leon
  • Travhys Ivan Joe Paralejas
  • Alfred Jakob Sablaya

Familiar names such as reigning HPDC champion Alfred Jakob Sablaya and strong contender Sean Andrej Ondillo rejoins the competition, to be challenged by several new and promising talents.

With this, HPI looks forward to the upcoming HPDC Rounds with the young riders along with the accompanying Racing Clinic. Here is the schedule:

Event

Date

Circuit

Honda Racing Clinic 1 Apr. 27 Batangas Racing Circuit
Round 1 May 4-5 Batangas Racing Circuit
Round 2 Jun. 1-2 Batangas Racing Circuit
Honda Racing Clinic 2 Jun. 29 Batangas Racing Circuit
Round 3 Jul. 6-7 Clark International Speedway
Round 4 Aug. 3-4 Clark International Speedway
Honda Racing Clinic 3 Aug. 31 Batangas Racing Circuit
Round 5 Sep 7-8 Batangas Racing Circuit
Round 6 Oct 5-6 Clark International Speedway

The HPDC is running in the same schedule with the National Motorcycle Circuit Racing Championship and is sanctioned by Unified Sports and Racing Association (USRA).

For more information, follow Honda Philippines, Inc. on Facebook – www.facebook.com/hondaph/ or visit their official website –www.hondaph.com

Philippines kicks off 10th ASEAN Para Games

Mike Barredo
Mike Barredo

Headed by Mike Barredo, the Philippine Paralympic Committee officially kicked off the 10th ASEAN Para Games on January 18, 2019 at the Novotel Manila in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. This is exactly a year before the event takes place on January 2020.

“The Philippines is grateful for the opportunity to host the 10th APG, an event that will give all differently abled athletes in the region a platform to override their limitations and achieve the seemingly impossible,” Barredo said. “At the same time it will inspire our local para athletes to exceed their recent achievements and show that they can aspire for greater glory and give pride to our country.”

Earlier in the day, international representatives of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) made an ocular inspection of the official event venues in Clark, Subic and Manila. The New Clark City Sports Complex is now under construction in Capas, Tarlac where a 20,000-seat stadium will rise, among other international standard competition venues. The sports complex will serve as the Athletes Village for both the Southeast Asian Games in December 2019 and the APG in January 2020.

The ASEAN Para Games 2020 begins on January 18, 2020 a few weeks after the completion of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. APG 2020 will be concluded on January 25, 2020.

For the second time since the ASEAN Para Games was established, the Philippines will be hosting the biannual multisport event for differently-abled athletes from the 11 member countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Timor Leste and the Philippines.

An estimated 2,000 differently-abled athletes from different countries in Southeast Asia are expected to fly in for the 10th APG and compete in 14 sports namely Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boccia, Chess, Cycling, Volleysitting, Wheelchair-Basketball, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Swimming, Tenpin Bowling and Table Tennis. Participants in the APG include athletes with physical, vision and intellectual disabilities.

The ASEAN Para Games is under the regulation of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) while the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Asian Paralympic Committee lend technical and classification assistance when needed.

Honda confirms direction for motorcycle road racing in Asia & Oceania

Honda Group of Companies in Asia & Oceania
Honda Group of Companies in Asia & Oceania

[PRESS RELEASE] Manila, Philippines, 11 December 2018 – The Honda Group of Companies in Asia & Oceania reinforced their commitment to strengthen Honda’s involvement in motorcycle motorsports in the Asia & Oceania region at a media briefing following the qualifying day at the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) at Buriram International Circuit, Thailand.

Representing Honda were Mr. Soichi Yamana, Department Manager of Motorcycle Department, Motorsports Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.; Mr. Atsushi Ogata, Director of Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd.; Mr. Ryo Takahashi, General Manager of Motorcycle Business Division, Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd.; and Mr. Makoto Tamada, Team Manager of the Honda Asia-Dream Racing.

At the event, Honda confirmed it will pursue the challenges of motorcycle road racing in the region with an aim to develop world-class motorcycle riders and team mechanics from Asia. To achieve this goal, Honda is committed to creating a motorsport culture as well as developing the skills of racers and team mechanics throughout Asia.

In line with this commitment, Honda’s motorcycle subsidiaries in Asia including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and India have been following the regional direction in their operations through a variety of motorsports activities such as establishing the Honda racing school, forming their own road racing teams, organizing local Honda one-make races, and competing in local, national and international races.

Honda’s young riders and team mechanics continue to broaden their experience and improve their skills through intensive training and by competing in various races for local and national championships. The most promising stars will move up to greater challenges by joining Honda’s racing team for international races namely the ARRC. Outstanding riders and mechanics from Honda’s Asian teams will ultimately have a chance to join Honda’s racing teams for world-class races.

At the briefing, Honda also provided an update on its teams that are participating in the 2018 ARRC. Currently, Honda teams from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and India are competing in the Underbone 150cc (UB150), Asia Production 250cc (AP250), and Supersport 600cc (SS600) classes. They have achieved impressive results, especially in the AP250 class, in which Honda rider Rheza Danica of the Astra Honda Racing Team from Indonesia is set to take the 2018 AP250 rider championship.

Honda also confirmed its participation in the inaugural Asia Superbike1000cc class (ASB1000) at the 2019 ARRC with Honda Asia-Dream Racing, a team for which top personnel from Honda subsidiaries and Honda racing teams across the Asia & Oceania region are being recruited. Former MotoGP racer Makoto Tamada was confirmed as team manager and Zaqhwan Zaidi from Malaysia as team rider. This year, the team finished in 17th place in the Japan Superbike 1000cc class (JSB1000) at the 2018 All-Japan Road Race Championship (JSB) and took 7th place in the Suzuka 8-hour Endurance Race. In 2019, Honda Asia-Dream Racing will continue to participate in both championships, challenging itself to perform better and finish in higher positions.

With the collaboration of team members from Honda companies throughout the Asia & Oceania region, Honda will strive to deliver the best race results to realize the dream of having a Honda team and riders become a challenger in world-class motorcycle racing.

Honda Asian Journey 2018 starts in Penang, Malaysia

Honda Asian Journey 2018
Honda Asian Journey 2018

The Honda Group of Companies in the Asia and Oceania region has kicked off the Honda Asian Journey 2018 in Penang, Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysia. From November 2-4, 2018, the Honda big bike caravan will cruise down West Malaysia and end up at the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) event.

More than 60 riders will experience the fun and joy of riding Honda big bikes all the way to the destination, the Sepang International Circuit. The riders are customers, journalists, Honda dealers and associates from Indonesia, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The journey started on November 2, 2018 at Stadium Batu Kawan in Penang, where all riders gathered for safe riding training and to warm up on over 60 Honda big bikes they will experience during the journey, such as the new Goldwing, Africa Twin, CB1000R and CB1100. The caravan then kicked off by travelling to Cameron Highlands, where a scenic landscape awaited the riders to enjoy while cruising.

On November 3, 2018, the participants will have a ride from Cameron Highlands to Putrajaya, the federal administrative center, to attend a welcome dinner featuring an exclusive appearance by MotoGP riders, including 2018 Champion Marc Marquez. On November 4, 2018, they will have a ride to Sepang International Circuit for the MotoGP race along with hundreds of other Honda customers to cheer for the Honda GP riders in the Malaysia MotoGP.

The total distance is approximately 490 km. The Honda models are Goldwing GL1800, F6C, Africa Twin CRF1000L, CB1000R, CB1100 series, Rebel 500, CTX1300, VFR1200X, NC750 series, CBR650F, CB650F, CBR500R and CB500 series.

Aside from Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd., the regional headquarters for the Honda Asia and Oceania region, six Honda Group of Companies in the Asia and Oceania regions are hosting the Honda Asian Journey 2018. These are PT Astra Honda Motor in Indonesia, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt., Ltd. in India, Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia, Honda Philippines Inc. in the Philippines, P. Honda Co., Ltd. in Thailand and Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd. in Vietnam.