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After identifying the young riders from Chennai earlier this year and grooming them in IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup 2019, Honda continues the hunt for next-gen racing talent. The round 2 of ‘IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt 2019’ has now arrived Bengaluru.
The IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt is Honda’s unique initiative which aims to identify young racers starting as early as 12 years of age. Through this platform, Honda 2Wheelers India will groom the best of young Indian riders for a racing career spanning national and international championships.
The 2nd round in Bengaluru saw overwhelming participation of 26 youngsters from Chennai, Gadag, Malappuram (Kerala), Tiruchirappalli, Hyderabad, Ariyalur (Tamil Nadu), Vellore, Coimbatore, Patna, Karaikal & Hubli. 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 Bengaluru will be trained and given opportunity to ride on the track in Phase II. It is from this pool of talent that Honda will pick up the best talent for future development. These final riders will then get an opportunity to race in the Honda Talent Cup CBR 150R category in the 2020 season.
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. 19 young talent which we got from last year showed phenomenal results. Breaking the fastest lap time record at MMRT on 250cc, 15-year-old Md. Mikail won the NSF250R cup and also represents Honda on international platform along with Kritik Habib. Whereas, the Aizawl find Lal Nunsanga won the CBR150R cup. Further continuing our hunt to find the next racing sensation, we started the second edition of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt from Chennai and have already shortlisted 3 riders. Moving ahead with this round in Bangalore, we are delighted to see the passion towards motorsports among these young participants. I am confident that these budding riders will change the scenario of motorsports in India and make the nation proud at the international podiums as well.”
After this leg, Honda’s Talent Hunt will travel to 3 more cities across India to identify India’s next big racing sensations.