Honda 2019 Motorsports Program Overview

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced its motorsports activities for the 2019 season and initiatives to expand the popularity of motorsports.

Since the days of its founding, Honda has been engaged in various motorsports activities in pursuit of being the best in the world, and 2019 marks Honda’s 60th anniversary of first racing at the Isle of Man T.T. Race. By competing in various races, Honda has been refining its technologies and human resources, and sharing the fun, joy and inspirational experiences with many fans and customers.

In 2019, Honda will continue to compete in the most prestigious motorcycle and automobile races in the world and is planning to compete in various races in different categories in Japan and in other regions around the world. Everyone involved in Honda’s motorsports activities including riders, drivers, engineers, mechanics and other team members will work as one “Team Honda” and compete with full force.

Motorcycle activities

In the MotoGPTM class of the FIM*1 Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix, Marc Márquez, the five-time World Champion who won the championship in 2018 for the third consecutive year will welcome Jorge Lorenzo, the three-time MotoGP World Champion, to the Repsol Honda Team and work together to capture the MotoGP “Triple Crown” for the team for the third consecutive year.

In the FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK), Honda will strengthen its competitive structure by having Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) support Moriwaki Althea Racing.

In the MFJ*2 All-Japan Championship, Honda will compete at the top class of the three categories, namely Road Race Championship (JRR), Motocross Championship (JMX) and Trial Championship (JTR) and strive to win consecutive championship titles in Motocross and Trial and regain the Road Race championship title to capture all three MFJ All-Japan Championship titles for the first time since 2017.

Automobile activities

In the FIA*3 Formula One World Championship (F1TM) where Honda competes as a power unit supplier, Honda will begin supplying the power unit to Red Bull Racing in addition to Scuderia Toro Rosso. Honda will strive to further advance its power unit by supplying the power unit with the same specifications to two teams. In addition, Honda will continue to support drivers who take on challenges to move up to the F1 class, which includes young drivers who compete in the FIA Formula 2 Championship (F2) and the FIA Formula 3 Championship (F3).

In Japan, Honda will make changes to the respective team structures and strive for second consecutive titles in SUPER GT GT500 class and Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship (SF), where Honda captured double championships in the 2018 season.

In North America, Takuma Sato will continue to race for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and compete in the IndyCar® Series.

*1 FIM: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
*2 MFJ: Motorcycle Federation of Japan
*3 FIA: Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile

■Overview of Honda TeamsAs of January 11, 2019

<<Overview of Honda Participation in Motorcycle Racing>>

★ on a team name indicates a factory team of Honda, ★ on a machine name indicates a factory machine of Honda, ★ on a rider’s name indicates an HRC contract rider

【Road Races】

◆FIM Grand Prix World Championship (MotoGP)

<MotoGP>

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Repsol Honda Team
RC213V
93Marc Márquez
25SpainMotoGP
Champion
99Jorge Lorenzo
31SpainMotoGP
9th
LCR Honda CASTROL35Cal Crutchlow
33U.K.MotoGP
7th
LCR Honda IDEMITSU30Takaaki Nakagami
26JapanMotoGP
20th

<Moto3>

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0NSF250RW
11Sergio García15SpainCEV Moto3
2nd
72Alonso López17SpainMoto3
23rd
Leopard Racing42Marcos Ramirez21SpainMoto3
10th
48Lorenzo Dalla Porta21ItalyMoto3
5th
Team KÖMMERLING Gresini Moto319Gabriel Rodrigo22ArgentinaMoto3
7th
54Riccardo Rossi16ItalyCEV Moto3
15th
Marinelli Snipers Team14Tony Arbolino18ItalyMoto3
18th
76Makar Yurchenko20KazakhstanMoto3
30th
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing71Ayumu Sasaki18JapanMoto3
20th
17John McPhee24U.K.Moto3
12th
Honda Team Asia27Kaito Toba18JapanMoto3
22nd
79Ai Ogura17JapanCEV Moto3
5th
SIC58 Squadra Corse23Niccolò Antonelli22ItalyMoto3
15th
24Tatsuki Suzuki21JapanMoto3
14th

FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK)

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Moriwaki Althea RacingCBR1000RR
SP2
TBALeon Camier
32U.K.WSBK
12th
TBARyuichi Kiyonari
36JapanJRR*4JSB1000
8th

*4 JRR: All Japan Road Race Championship 

FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC)

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
F.C.C. TSR Honda FranceCBR1000RR
SP2
1Freddy Foray34FranceEWC
Champion
Josh Hook26AustraliaEWC
Champion
Mike Di Meglio30FranceEWC
2nd
Honda Endurance Racing111TBA

EWC Suzuka 8 hours Endurance Road Race

*Honda will make an announcement about the team competing in the EWC Suzuka 8 hours Endurance Road Race as soon as the details are decided.

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC)

*In the ASB1000 Class, new addition this year, Honda will compete with one unit of CBR1000RR SP-based racing machines raced by Honda Asia-Dream Racing. In the SS600 class, Honda will compete with three teams – namely Astra Honda Racing Team, A.P. Honda Racing Thailand and MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing – and six machines. In AP250 class, Astra Honda Racing Team and A.P. Honda Racing Thailand will race five machines. Honda will make an announcement as soon as the details are decided.                               

MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship (JRR)

<JSB1000>

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Team HRC
CBR1000RRW
13Takumi Takahashi★29JapanJSB1000
2nd
KYB MORIWAKI RACINGCBR1000RR
SP2
TBAYuki Takahashi34JapanJSB1000
5th
Teluru MotoUP Racing Team090Kosuke Akiyoshi43JapanJSB1000
9th
080Taiga Hada20JapanARRC SS600
11th
MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO.Honda634Ryo Mizuno20JapanJSB1000
11th
Honda Dream RT Sakurai Honda22Sodo Hamahara23JapanJSB1000
22nd
Team ATJTBATaro Sekiguchi43JapanJ-GP2
2nd

<J-GP2>

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO.HP6-q634Teppei Nagoe21JapanJ-GP2
3rd
Team Kotake RSCMD6004Kosuke Sakumoto22JapanJ-GP2
4th
SDG Mistresa RT HARC-PRO.HP6-q71Ikuhiro Enokido20JapanJ-GP2
7th

<ST600>

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Japan Post Honda DreamCBR600RR23Tomoyoshi Koyama35JapanST600
2nd
55Takuma Kunimine20JapanST600
4th
420Shun Kamei20JapanST600
25th
BATTLE FACTORY97Yuto Sano22JapanST600
5th
64Yuta Date20JapnaJ-GP2
8th
SDG Mistresa RT HARC-PRO.71Daiki Uehara21JapanST600
11th
MOTO BUM HONDA13Yuki Sugiyama20JapanST600
13th
TBAKota Arakawa16JapanTsukuba Road Racing NAT ST 600 Class Champion and Suzuka Sunday Road Racing NAT
ST600 class
Champion
Teluru MotoUP Racing Team090Kai Saito18JapanJP250 NAT
5th

【Motocross】

FIM Motocross World Championship (MXGP)

<MXGP: 450cc class>

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Team HRC
CRF450RW
243Tim Gajser
22SloveniaMXGP
4th
189Brian Bogers
22NetherlandsMXGP
37th

<MX2: 250cc class>

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Team HRC
CRF250RW
10Calvin Vlaanderen
22South AfricaMX2
6th

AMA*5 Supercross, An FIM World Championship (450SX)

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Team Honda HRCCRF450R94Ken Roczen24Germany450SX
18th
14Cole Seely28U.S.A.450SX
17th

AMA Motocross Championship (450MX)

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Team Honda HRCCRF450R94Ken Roczen24Germany450MX
3rd
14Cole Seely28U.S.A.
718Toshiki Tomita
28Japan450MX
14th

MFJ All-Japan Motocross Championship (JMX)

<IA1>

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Team HRC
CRF450RW
114Akira Narita
38JapanIA1
Champion
400Kei Yamamoto
27JapanIA1
2nd
TEAM HAMMERCRF450R6Yutaka Hoshino32JapanIA1
6th
Bells Racing MORIWAKI
SoCal MXTF
44Yohei Kojima33JapanIA1
7th
T.E. SPORT155Gott Otsuka22JapanIA1
10th
TBAKazunori Ono19JapanIA1
17th
Team SakuraiTBAKenichi Nagato23JapanIA1
23rd
Team TARGET322Takumu Yokosawa20JapanIA2
8th

<IA2>

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Bells Racing MORIWAKI
SoCal MXTF
CRF250R40Kainosuke Oshiro19JapanIA2
9th
TEAM KOHSAKATBAUkyo Michiwaki24JapanIA2
12th
TEAM HAMMERTBAEiki Suzumura19JapanIA2
27th
Team ITOMOTBAYusuke Mori20JapanIA2
23rd
TBAKai Okamura20JapanIA2
41st
TES with SEIBU TOSOKOGYO010Ryo Kuramochi20JapanIBOP
10th

<Ladies Class (LMX)>

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
T.E. SPORTCRF150RⅡ2Manaka Kawai16JapanLMX
2nd
10Iroha Ono16JapanLMX
10th
TEAM HAMMER4Yuna Takeuchi21JapanLMX
4th
Team ITOMO7Nanami Katsumata24JapanLMX
7th

Trial

FIM Trial World Championship (TrialGP)

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Repsol Honda Team
COTA4RT
1Toni Bou
32SpainTrialGP
Champion
6Takahisa Fujinami
38JapanTrialGP
6th

All-Japan Trial Championship (JTR)

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
TEAM MITANI HondaRTL300R1Tomoyuki Ogawa
42JapanIAS
Champion

※ on a rider’s name indicates HRC contract test rider

Dakar Rally 2019

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Monster Energy Honda Team
CRF450
RALLY
47Kevin Benavides
30ArgentinaDakar Rally
2nd
5Joan Barreda
35SpainCompeted
in Dakar Rally
2Paulo Goncalves
39PortugalCross-Country Rally World Championship
4th
15Ricky Brabec
27U.S.A.Competed
in Dakar Rally
10José Ignacio Cornejo
24ChileDakar Rally
10th

<<Overview of Honda Participation in Automobile Racing>>

FIA Formula One World Championship (F1)

TeamNo.DriverAgeNationality2018 result
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing10Pierre Gasly22FranceF1
15th
33Max Verstappen21NetherlandsF1
4th
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda23Alexander Albon22ThailandF2
3rd
26Daniil Kvyat24Russia

SUPER GT <GT500 class>

TeamNo.DriverAgeNationality2018 result
TEAM KUNIMITSU1Naoki Yamamoto30JapanGT500
Champion
Jenson Button38U.K.
AUTOBACS RACING TEAM AGURI8Tomoki Nojiri29JapanGT500
3rd
Takuya Izawa34Japan
TEAM MUGEN16Hideki Muto36JapanGT500
15th
Daisuke Nakajima29Japan
KEIHIN REAL RACING17Kodai Tsukakoshi32JapanGT500
7th
Bertrand Baguette32BelgiumGT500
19th
Modulo Nakajima Racing64Narain Karthikeyan41IndiaSF
16th
Tadasuke Makino21JapanF2
13th

Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship (SF)

TeamNo.DriverAgeNationality2018 result
DOCOMO TEAM DANDELION RACING1Naoki Yamamoto30JapanSF
Champion
5Nirei Fukuzumi21JapanF2
17th
TEAM MUGEN15Daniel Ticktum19U.K.FIA Formula 3 European Championship
2nd
16Tomoki Nojiri29JapanSF
7th
REAL RACING17Tristan Charpentier18FranceBritish F3
12th
B-Max Racing team50Lucas Auer24AustriaDTM
7th
TBAHarrison Newey20U.K.European Le Mans Series LMP2
12th
TCS NAKAJIMA RACING64Alex Palou21SpainFIA Formula 3 European Championship
7th
65Tadasuke Makino21JapanF2
13th

IndyCar Series

TeamNo.DriverAgeNationality2018 result
Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingTBATakuma Sato41JapanIndyCar Series
12th

Customer Race

In the race categories which feature machines based on mass-market models, Honda will take on challenges with each team by not only supplying machines, but also strengthening its support for the team so that each team can race more competitively. Honda will supply CIVIC Type R-based racing machine, CIVIC TCR, for the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) which started in 2018 and the TCR series endurance races, which have been popular all around the world. Moreover, for GT championships and endurance races held in North America, Europe, Japan and rest of the world, Honda will supply the NSX GT3.

◆FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR)

*Honda will make an announcement about the team competing in the series as soon as the details are decided.

SUPER GT <GT300 class>

TeamNo.DriverAgeNationality2018 result
TEAM UPGARAGE18Takashi Kobayashi31JapanGT300
12th
Kosuke Matsuura39JapanGT500
19th
Modulo Drago CORSE34Ryo Michigami45JapanGT300
14th
Hiroki Otsu24Japan
AUTOBACS RACING
TEAM AGURI
55Shinichi Takagi48JapanGT300
2nd
Nirei Fukuzumi21JapanF2
17th

* Contiguous participation of CARGUY Racing is still under discussion.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship <GTD class>

TeamNo.DriverAgeNationality2018 result
Heinricher Racing LLC with Meyer Shank Racing57Katherine Legge38U.K.GTD
2nd
Jackie Heinricher57U.S.A.
Simona De Silvestro30Switzerland
Bia Figueiredo33Brazil
Christina Nielsen26DenmarkGTD
7th
Meyer Shank Racing86Trent Hindman23U.S.A.GTD
25th
Mario Farnbacher26GermanyGTD
13th
Justin Marks37U.S.A.GTD
9th
AJ Allmendinger37U.S.A.GTD
47th

Supporting Young Riders and Drivers in Moving Up Toward the Top Category

In road racing, in conjunction with Honda racing activities in Asia where people’s interest in motorcycle racing is growing rapidly, Honda strives to help young riders in this region to realize their dreams of competing in the MotoGP class. For the 2019 season, Honda will continue to support Honda Team Asia, which will compete in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes of MotoGP. Moreover, as an opportunity for young riders to step up, Honda will continue supporting riders competing in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship. In addition, Honda will continue to utilize IDEMITSU Asia Talent Cup (IATC) as a program designed to foster young riders to discover and foster more riders who can compete in world-class races.

In motocross racing, Honda will continue to host training sessions in Japan for team riders competing in the MFJ All-Japan Motocross Championship. Moreover, Honda also will continue its talent fostering programs which include providing opportunities for young riders with future potential to join training camps around the world and compete in MXGP races.

For automobile racing, Honda has been operating the Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP), a program designed to discover talented young drivers and help them step up to play active roles in the world of motorsports. In the 2019 season, Shinji Matsushita will compete in FIA-F2 for the first time in two years with CARLINE. Yuki Tsunoda and Teppei Natori will advance from the FIA-F4 and compete in FIA-F3.

In Japan, to promote the step up of young and talented drivers who play active roles in the world of motorsports, Honda will continue supporting drivers who compete in the All-Japan Formula3 Championship and the FIA-F4 Japanese Championship*6, which is a formula race intended for junior drivers.

*6 The FIA-F4 is a category established by FIA, with the major purpose of fostering young drivers who can aim to move up from cart racing to the F3 class. FIA will strive to evolve this category in a greater number of countries around the world.

<<Motorcycles>>


FIM Road Racing World Championship (MotoGP)

<Moto2>

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
IDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaKALEX20Dimas Ekky Pratama26IndonesiaCEV Moto2
5th
35Somkiat Chantra20ThailandCEV Moto3
9th

<Moto3>

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Honda Team AsiaNSF250RW
27Kaito Toba18JapanMoto3
22nd
79Ai Ogura17JapanCEV Moto3
5th

FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
 AsiaTalent TeamNSF250RW
TBAYuki Kuni15JapanCEV Moto3
6th
TBAHaruki Noguchi16JapanIATC
2nd
TBABill Van Eerde16AustraliaIATC
Champion
Astra Honda Racing TeamTBAMario Aji14IndonesiaIATC
5th

European Motocross Championship(EMX)

TeamMachineNo.RiderAgeNationality2018 result
Honda 114 MotorsportsCRF250R341Chihiro Notsuka22JapanJMX
2nd

<<Automobiles>>


FIA Formula2 Championship (F2)

TeamNo.DriverAgeNationality2018 result
CarlinTBANobuharu Matsushita25JapanSF
10th

FIA Formula3 Championship (F3)

TeamNo.DriverAgeNationality2018 result
Jenzer MotorsportTBAYuki Tsunoda18JapanFIA-F4
Champion
Carlin Buzz RacingTBATeppei Natori18JapanFIA-F4
2nd

Japanese Formula3 Championship

TeamNo.DriverAgeNationality2018 result
TODA RACINGTBAToshiki Oyu20JapanJapanese F3
6th

FIA-F4 Japanese Championship

TeamNo.DriverAgeNationality2018 result
HFDP/SRS/Kochira RacingTBAAtsushi Miyake19JapanSRS-Formula
Scholarship

<For Reference>

For the purpose of developing riders and drivers who will become formidable contenders on the global motorsports stage, Mobilityland Corporation has been operating the Suzuka Circuit Racing School-Junior (SRS-Junior) for motorcycle riders since 1992, Suzuka Circuit Racing School-Kart (SRS-Kart) since 1993 and the Suzuka Circuit Racing School-Formula (SRS-Formula) since 1995 where top-class riders and drivers provide guidance as instructors. To date, these SRS programs have produced a number of outstanding riders and drivers who have been competing their respective motorcycle and automobile racing categories inside and outside Japan.

In the area of motorcycle racing, in 2016, SRS-Junior was renamed as SRS-Moto, and its rider development system and curriculum as well as the machines used in the program were renewed so that they are geared toward the development of riders who can compete at the level of world championships such as MotoGP.

In the area of automobile racing, the operational structure of SRS-Kart and SRS-Formula will be changed this year and Takuma Sato and Shinji Nakano will be appointed as Principal and Vice Principal, respectively, to further strengthen the environment to foster young drivers.

■Honda initiatives to expand the popularity of motorsports

Honda has been making active efforts to expand the popularity of motorsports. In order to convey the fascination of motorsports to a broader range of people, Honda has been conducting various events and activities including ones that can be enjoyed more casually by those people who are not yet so familiar with motorsports.

<One-make race series sponsored by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC)>

HRC is hosting more than 400 one-make races a year at approximately 30 circuits throughout Japan under two categories of races with different purposes — to simply enjoy motorsports and to foster future MotoGP riders.

The one-make race series hosted by HRC include HRC GROM Cup, CBR250R Dream Cup and CBR250RR Dream Cup, which features mass-market models, as well as the NSF100 HRC Trophy, which features the NSF100 a mass-market road racer of HRC and the HRC NSF250R Challenge which is designed to foster future MotoGP riders.

The one-make race series are being held at a number of circuits throughout Japan. In addition, HRC has been hosting some Japan-wide races (at Suzuka or Motegi) for riders who fulfill certain conditions and offering support for riders to step up through training classes. In other words, the HRC one-make race series have been a stage where participants can enjoy the races and/or strive to realize their dreams.

<Honda Sports & Eco Program>

In 2012, Mobilityland Corporation and M-TEC Co., Ltd. jointly started the Honda Sports & Eco Program, a participatory motorsports program, under the theme of “eco-friendly sports driving.” This program is designed to provide participants with a lighthearted experience of enjoying the fun of “driving, upskilling and competing,” behind the wheel of a rental Honda car with racing specifications provided to each participant through the program, toward the ultimate goal of promoting coexistence of the environment and sports driving. The program has been providing a four-step school program which enables motorsports beginners to strive for their racing debut with peace of mind as well as a four-times-a-year racing program for all levels of drivers. Moreover, the price structure of this program allows more people, including beginners and skilled sports drivers alike, to casually experience motorsports, making the program even more attractive to everyone.

<FIT 1.5 Challenge Cup>

As with last year, the FIT 1.5 Challenge Cup operated by Mobilityland Corporation, Okayama International Circuit Co., Ltd. and SUGO Co., Ltd., will be held at the Suzuka/Okayama Touring Car Championship and Motegi/Sugo Touring Car Championship this year as a quasi-domestic rank race approved by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF).

<N-ONE OWNERS’ CUP>

N-ONE OWNERS’ CUP is a participatory motorsports program that utilizes the N-ONE mini-vehicle. With the aim of letting many motorsports fans including racing beginners actively take part, the N-ONE OWNERS’ CUP started in 2014, taking the form of a sprint race with commercially available vehicles licensed for public roads. With this existing concept that has proven popular, this motorsports event will again be held at eight circuits spread around Japan: Suzuka Circuit, Twin Ring Motegi, Okayama International Circuit, Fuji Speedway, Autopolis International Racing Course, Sportsland SUGO, Tokachi Speedway and Tsukuba Circuit. For these races, Honda will further enhance support provided to racing beginners.

<Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2019>

Since 1981, Honda has hosted the Honda Eco Mileage Challenge, an event focused on the environment. Participants combine their creativity, freewheeling thinking and technology to create their own handcrafted vehicles, and then compete to see how far they can travel on one liter of fuel. This event will mark its 39th year in 2019, and the cumulative number of teams participated since 1981 has exceeded 14,000 teams. The Honda Eco Mileage Challenge is now held not only in Japan but also in Thailand, China and Vietnam.

Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2019: Schedule in Japan

ScheduleEvent nameCircuit
June 15 (Sat.)33rd Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2019 SuzukaEast Course,
Suzuka Circuit (Mie)
June 22 (Sat.)11th Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2019, MotegiWest Course,
Twin Ring Motegi (Tochigi)
Aug. 3 (Sat.): Practice runs
Aug. 4 (Sun.): Finals
35th Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2019, KyushuCircuit Course,
HSR Kyushu (Kumamoto)
Sept. 28 (Sat.): Practice runs
Sept. 29 (Sun.): Finals
39th Soichiro Honda Cup
Honda Eco Mileage Challenge 2019
National Competition
Super Speedway,
Twin Ring Motegi (Tochigi)

<MO-SPO Festival 2019 Suzuka – Motorsports Fan Thanks Day – >

Jointly with Toyota Motor Corporation and Mobilityland Corporation, Honda will host the MO-SPO Festival 2019 Suzuka – Motorsports Fan Thanks Day – on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Suzuka Circuit. Some machines, drivers and riders of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing*7 and Honda who are competing in World Championships and other categories of racing inside and outside Japan will come together at this festival at Suzuka Circuit, which has been hosting a number of international motorcycle and automobile races. The event will offer content which enables all visitors – not only motorsports fans, but also visitors with no previous experience of seeing races and rallies – to experience the dynamism and attractiveness of motorsports.

*7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing is a collective term for motorsports activities and other related activities conducted by Toyota Motor Corporation.

<Honda Racing THANKS DAY 2019>

To show its appreciation to motorsports fans, Honda will again host Honda Racing THANKS DAY 2019 at Twin Ring Motegi. The date and program details will be posted on the website as soon as they are available.

<Enjoy Honda 2019>

With the aim of providing more opportunities for people to watch, participate in and enjoy activities related to Honda motorcycles, automobiles and power products, Honda has been hosting the Enjoy Honda program at a number of venues throughout Japan*8. In 2019, Enjoy Honda events will be held at ten venues: In addition to venues in Kumamoto, Mie, Miyagi, Niigata, Tochigi and Okayama, the event also will be held for the first time at three venues, namely Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall in Ishikawa Prefecture, Rainbow Hamanako in Shizuoka Prefecture and Expo’70 Commemorative Park in Osaka Prefecture. At Suzuka Circuit and Twin Ring Motegi, Enjoy Honda will be held on the same day as the Suzuka 2&4 Races and Motegi 2&4 Races, respectively.

*8 The actual program will differ according to venue. For more details, visit the official Enjoy Honda website at https://www.honda.co.jp/enjoyhonda/ (Japanese only).

Enjoy Honda 2019 Schedule

ScheduleVenueConcurrent races
April 6 – April 7
(Sat. – Sun.)
HSR Kyushu
(Kumamoto)
April 20 – April 21
(Sat. – Sun.)
Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)
MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship
Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship
May 11 – 12
(Sat. – Sun.)
Item Ehime
(Ehime)
 
May 25 – 26
(Sat. – Sun.)
Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall
(Ishikawa)
 
June 22 – 23
(Sat. – Sun.)
Sportsland SUGO
(Miyagi)
Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship
July 13 – 14
(Sat. – Sun.)
Convention Center Hive Nagaoka
(Niigata)
 
July 20 – 21
(Sat. – Sun.)
Rainbow Hamanako
(Shizuoka)
 
Aug. 17 – 18
(Sat. – Sun.)
Twin Ring Motegi
(Tochigi)
MFJ All-Japan Road Race Championship
Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship
Sept. 15 – 16
(Sun. – Mon.)
Expo’70 Commemorative Park
(Osaka)
 
Sept. 28 – 29
(Sat. – Sun.)
Okayama International Circuit
(Okayama)
Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship

* Schedule as of January 11, 2019

<For Reference: Main international races hosted by Mobilityland Corporation>

Mobilityland Corporation strives to contribute to the further growth of a motorsports culture in Japan by hosting various events and races.

Since its opening in 1962 as the first full-scale race course in Japan, Suzuka Circuit has hosted a large number and wide variety of racing events during its rich history spanning over 50 years. In 2018, the circuit hosted its 30th F1 Grand Prix. The circuit will host a multitude of events again in 2019, including the F1 Japanese Grand Prix as well as the Suzuka 8 hours Endurance Road Race, which will be held as the final round of the FIM Endurance World Championship. Other races to be hosted by Suzuka Circuit include the Suzuka 10 hours Endurance Race, which was held for the fist time last year as a global unified race of the FIA-GT3 machines.

Twin Ring Motegi will continue hosting various races throughout the year including the FIM Grand Prix World Championship race, which has been a tradition since the early days of this circuit, and will host many more races and events including the FIM Trial World Championship.

Main international races to be hosted by Mobilityland

CategoryScheduleTitleCircuit
TrialGPJune 8-9
(Sat. – Sun.)
2019 FIM Trial World Championship
Round 2 STRIDER Japanese Grand Prix
Twin Ring Motegi
(Tochigi)
ARRCJune 28-30
(Fri. – Sun.)
2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship
Japan Round
Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)
EWCJuly 25-28
(Thu. – Sun.)
2018-2019 FIM Endurance World Championship
Final Round The 42nd “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 hours Endurance Road Race
Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)
IGTC*9August 23-25
(Fri.-Sun)
The 48th Summer Endurance
Suzuka 10 hours Endurance Race
Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)
F1October 11-13
(Fri. – Sun.)
2019 FIA Formula One World Championship
Round 17 Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)
MotoGPOctober 18-20
(Fri. – Sun.)
2018 FIM MotoGPTM World Championship
Round 16, Grand Prix of Japan
Twin Ring Motegi
(Tochigi)
WTCROctober 25-27
(Fri. – Sun.)
FIA World Touring Car Cup
presented by Oscaro Race of Japan
Suzuka Circuit
(Mie)

*9 Intercontinental GT Challenge