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22 riders including two females will join the hunt, with the shortlisted lot getting trained professionally at the Honda Ten10 Racing Academy
The Idemitsu Honda India Talent Hunt is a unique platform that aims to find and nurture young riders for domestic and international motorcycle racing. The third round of the talent hunt will be held in Pune, to hunt the next-gen racing talent. The event saw 22 budding motorcycle racers from Pune, Mumbai, Vadodara, Dehradun, Chennai, Kohlapur, Nagpur, Pimpri, Satara and Jalgaon participate in the event. The candidates went through rigorous 3 levels of tests. First being their physical fitness, second their race orientation and riding skills especially for the race track. This was followed by a one-on-one interview with candidates and parents/guardians to understand both their motorsport passion and family support to become the next iconic rider from India.
After shortlisting in phase 1, the top candidates of the Talent Hunt of Pune will be trained and given opportunity to improve their skills at the Chennai race track in Phase II. From this pool of riders, Honda will then pick the best talent and provide them with direct entry to the Honda Talent Cup CBR 150R class in 2020 season in the first phase.
Further continuing our hunt to find the next racing sensation, Honda shortlisted 3 riders from the Chennai leg of 2nd edition of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt. Post the Pune edition, Honda’s Talent Hunt will travel to 2 more cities across India in the coming months.
Sharing an overview on Honda’s aim for developing ‘Iconic Indian Riders’, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The 2019 racing season was extremely successful for Team Honda. Our 19 selected riders of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup 2019 got step up opportunity in national racing. After the initial leg of CBR 150R talent cup, we fast-tracked the career of 8 riders by giving them opportunity to race on NSF250R – Honda’s world class Moto3 machine. In fact, Honda gave the opportunity to 2 of our Talent Hunt riders to ride with best of Asian riders at Thailand Talent Cup. In long term, our focus is to put young Indian talent on multiple world class platforms from CEV, Asian Talent Cup, going up to premier class MotoGP. This weekend, the racing passion of young boys and girls from Pune to make a career in professional racing has been overwhelming. This is just the start. With the grooming from Honda, our budding riders will change motorsports scenario in not just India but make a mark at world stage too.”