Hear from Honda’s 2021 lineup of motorcycle racers and World Champions ahead of an action-packed season of racing around the world.

December 10, 2020 – Honda announced its plans for participation in FIM*1 motorcycle motorsports world championship racing series for the 2021 season and the Dakar Rally 2021, through an online event held by the company. Honda aims to win the world’s major titles through its Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) operated factory teams*2, and its satellite teams*3.

In 2020, Ricky Brabec gave Honda its first Dakar victory in 31 years by winning the Dakar Rally 2020, held for the first time in Saudi Arabia. In FIM Road Racing World Championship series racing, in which Honda has participated since 1959, Jaume Masia won the Moto3 class race in Round 12, giving Honda its 800th victory in the series. In the premier class of the FIM Motocross World Championship series, Tim Gajser claimed back-to-back titles for his third overall championship, and in the FIM Trial World Championship series, Toni Bou won his 14th premier class title in as many years.

In 2021, Honda will aim to dominate each premier class in road, motocross and trial championships through its HRC factory teams. HRC will also compete in premier production bike racing series, the FIM Superbike World Championship series, and aim to defend its Dakar crown in the 2021 edition. In the FIM Endurance World Championship series, Yuki Takahashi, winner of the new ST1000 class in the 2020 MFJ*4 All Japan Road Racing Championship (JRR), will join F.C.C. TSR Honda France. In the AMA*5 SuperCross World Championship 450SX class, American Honda’s factory team “Team Honda HRC” will continue to race.

Racing is Honda’s driving force, and by competing in the various racing series, its technology and associates are taken to the next level, and it’s racing spirit and newly developed technologies are applied to many of its products. Honda will continue, through its products, services and racing, to make its dreams come true with its customers, in the spirit of its corporate slogan “The Power of Dreams.”

*1 FIM: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
*2 Factory teams: Teams operated by motorcycle manufacturers
*3 Satellite teams: Teams receiving bike and technical support from manufacturers
*4 MFJ: Motorcycle Federation of Japan
*5 AMA: American Motorcyclist Association

Honda’s 2021 Participation in Motorcycle World Championship Racing

FIM Road Racing World Championship Series (MotoGP)

MotoGP Class

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2020 results
Repsol Honda Team
*6
RC213V
*6
93 Marc Márquez
*6
27 Spain MotoGP
44 Pol Espargaro
29 Spain MotoGP
5th
LCR Honda IDEMITSU 30 Takaaki Nakagami
28 Japan MotoGP
10th
LCR Honda CASTROL 73 Alex Márquez
24 Spain MotoGP
14th

*6 Team ☆ indicates factory team, machine ☆ indicates factory bike, rider ☆ indicates HRC rider

Moto2 Class

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2020 results
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia KALEX 35 Somkiat Chantra 21 Thailand Moto2
25th
79 Ai Ogura 19 Japan Moto3
3rd

Moto3 Class

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2020 results
Honda Team Asia NSF250RW
19 Andi Farid Izdihar 23 Indonesia Moto2
30th
92 Yuki Kunii 17 Japan Moto3
27th

FIM Superbike World Championship Series (SBK)

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2020 results
Team HRC
CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP
19 Álvaro Bautista
36 Spain SBK
9th
91 Leon Haslam
37 U.K. SBK
10th

FIM Endurance World Championship Series (EWC)

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2019-2020 results
F.C.C. TSR Honda France CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP 5 Josh Hook 27 Australia EWC
3rd
Mike Di Meglio 32 France
Yuki Takahashi 36 Japan JRR ST1000
Champion

FIM Motocross World Championship Series (MXGP)

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2020 results
Team HRC
CRF450RW
243 Tim Gajser
24 Slovenia MXGP
Champion
43 Mitchell Evans
22 Australia MXGP
14th

AMA SuperCross World Championship Series (450SX)

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2020 results
Team Honda HRC CRF450R 94 Ken Roczen 26 Germany 450SX
3rd
23 Chase Sexton 21 U.S.A. 250SX EAST
Champion

FIM Trial World Championship Series (TrialGP)

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2020 results
Repsol Honda Team
Montesa
COTA 4RT
1 Toni Bou
34 Spain TrialGP
Champion
7 Takahisa Fujinami
40 Japan TrialGP
7th

The Dakar 2021

Team Machine No. Rider Age Nationality 2020 results
Monster Energy Honda Team
CRF450
RALLY
1 Ricky Brabec
29 U.S.A. Dakar 2020
Champion
4 José Ignacio Cornejo
26 Chile Dakar 2020
4th
47 Kevin Benavides
31 Argentina Dakar 2020
19th
88 Joan Barreda
37 Spain Dakar 2020
7th