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PrestigeCBR
17-01-2005, 08:17 PM
Honda Finalise Teams
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From Honda Racing
January 17, 2005*Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has finalized its plans for participation in both Japanese and world championship motorcycle racing series in 2005, as outlined below.

Honda’s spirit of challenge is rooted in its motorsport activities. By constantly striving to fulfill its own dreams and aspirations through the ongoing challenge of leading-edge innovation, Honda also delivers dreams and excitement to its customers.

For the 2005 motorcycle racing season, Honda has set its sights on recapturing the rider’s title and retaining the manufacturer’s title in Moto GP, the top class of world championship road racing, aiming to secure the championship in each category.

World Championships

Road races
FIM 2005 Road Race Championship Series
In the MotoGP class of the FIM 2004 Road Race Championship Series, Honda plans to race seven 2005 model Honda RC211Vs, with the aim of capturing a double title in both the rider’s and the manufacturer’s categories. The Honda RC211V has undergone further refinements as it enters its fourth season of racing. In the 250cc class Honda will field six bikes and three teams, and has nominated Yuki Takahashi*last year’s Japanese GP250 class champion*as the second recipient of the Honda Racing Scholarship, established last year. Last year’s recipient was Hiroshi Aoyama.

Moto GP Class

Repsol Honda Team
#3 Max Biaggi (Italy)
#69 Nicky Hayden (USA)

Team Telefonica Movistar Honda MotoGP
#15 Sete Gibernau (Spain)
#33 Marco Melandri (Italy)

Camel Honda
#4 Alex Barros (Brazil)
#12 Troy Bayliss (Australia)

Konica Minolta Honda Team
#6 Makoto Tamada (Japan)

250cc Class

Team Telefonica Movistar Honda 250cc
#1 Daniel Pedrosa (Spain)
#73 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan)

Team Scot
#34 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy)
#55 Yuki Takahashi (Japan)

Team Fortuna Honda
#80 Hector Barbera (Spain)
#48 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain)