Honda Launches NSF250R Moto3 Racebike

Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) has finally taken the wraps off the NSF250R 4-stroke machine, which is to be used for the future Moto3 class in 2012, in Catalunya. Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice President and the NSF250R Development Project Leader Yoshiyuki Kurayoshi, presented the concept and the technical specifications of the new machine.

HRC will sell the NSF250R machine, engine and spare parts in Europe and other countries through the Honda Motorcycle dealer network and also through GEO Technology, an official supporter of the Moto3 class.

Alex Criville, ex-500cc World Champion on the Honda NSR500, will perform demonstration laps today, June 3rd at 18h30 and on June 5th at 13h15 before the MotoGP race in Barcelona.

“From the MT125R of 1976 to the RS125R, Honda has produced many market racing machines during this 34 year period and nurtured a number of racing riders. We have enjoyed much success with RS125R and we hope this new machine will provide a similar story. Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso became World Champions riding this bike and our aim is again to give young riders a good racing machine to help them learn the basics and gain experience to one day reach the top class. Our greatest joy would be for the machine to serve as a springboard in creating future MotoGP Champion riders,”
Nakamoto said.

“The concept of the NSF250R represents an important step forward for us, to create the next racing standard. The main characteristics are a lightweight and compact machine, with high power and high efficiency, aiming to revitalise the road racing popularity. It is a compact machine that weighs 84 kilos, has a maximum power of 35.5 kw, 13,000 rpm and a fuel capacity of 11 litres,” added Kurayoshi.
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