February 12, 2016 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced plans for its motorsports activities for the 2016 season and initiatives to expand the popularity of motorsports.

Since the days of its founding, Honda has always been engaged in motorsports activities in pursuit of being the best in the world. While taking on continuous challenges toward victories and attaining high goals, Honda strives to share joys with its customers all around the world under the corporate slogan of “The Power of Dreams”. Honda will continue conducting motorsports activities throughout 2016 in a way that will bring fun and excitement to its fans and customers.

In the IA1 (450cc) class of the MFJ All-Japan Motocross Championship Series, Akira Narita, 10-time champion in this class, will race for Team HRC, Honda’s factory team, riding the CRF450RW works machine and strive to win back the championship title. In the IA2 (250cc) class, where Toshiki Tomita from Team HRC won the championship last season, Chihiro Notsuka who ranked second last season and will join Honda this year and vie for two consecutive wins for Honda, riding the CRF250RW works machine.

<IA1> Main teams and riders

Team No. Machine Rider Age Nationality 2015 result
Team HRC
982 CRF450RW
Akira Narita
35 Japan IA1
3rd
Team 887 With Honda
DREAM Kawasaki Miyamae
41 CRF450R Daiki Baba 23 Japan IA2
15th
1WD Team Sakurai
With Waki Shoji
01 Kenichi Nagato 20 Japan IB OP
champion

<IA2> Main teams and riders

Team No. Machine Rider Age Nationality 2015 result
Team HRC
28 CRF250RW
Chihiro Notsuka
19 Japan IA2
2nd
TEAM NAKAKI HONDA 113 CRF250R Masami Tanaka 26 Japan IA2
4th
N・R・T 122 Taiki Koga 18 Japan IA2
7th
36 Takumu Yokosawa 18 Japan IA2
10th
T.E.SPORT 34 Gota Otsuka 19 Japan IA2
8th
TEAM HAMMER 02 Eiki Suzumura 16 Japan IB OP
2nd