New CBR250R Launched in Indonesia by Repsol Honda Riders
As the new team sponsor of Repsol Honda, Jakarta-based Astra Honda received a special visit from the three MotoGP team riders late last week, who have helped launch the new CBR250R on the local market.
Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso and Casey Stoner also gave support to Astra Honda in promoting motorcycling through a training program and school for young talents in Indonesia.
“We believe the presence of these three Repsol Honda riders - which have proven their skills in MotoGP, will give spirit and inspiration to Indonesian Honda’s riders in reaching their dreams,” said President Director PT AHM, Yusuke Hori, during the
In Indonesia, the total motorcycle market in 2010 reached 7.4 million units and Astra Honda distributed 3.4 million units – a 27% growth compared to 2009. Astra Honda expects that the total market in 2011 will increase to 8.2 million units and its target is to reach 4.25 million units sales, which would mean a 53% market share.
Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso and Casey Stoner also visited the Sentul circuit on Saturday, the Indonesian track that hosted its last World Grand Prix in the 1997 season, due to the domino effect from that year’s Asian Financial Crisis.
The current circuit is shortened 40% in length compared to the original design and now predominantly used for motorcycle racing and the Asian F3 series. The venue also stands in the shadow of the Sepang International Circuit completed in 1999 with a superior track layout and facilities when compared to Sentul.