American Honda to race Moto2 at Indy GP
First major race for Big Red since AMA withdrawal
The Aug. 29 Moto2 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be American Honda first major factory road racing effort since withdrawing from AMA Pro Racing in 2009.
“American Honda views the Indy GP as an opportunity to support Moto2 in the U.S.,” says Ray Blank, senior vice president, American Honda Powersports Division. “We are very excited to be road racing again in America. This great new production-based world championship format is based on the Honda CBR600RR engine platform, so it’s a natural for our participation.”
American Honda will team up with Moriwaki Engineering to enter a MD600 for the race. The Moriwaki MD600 has already found some success in the inaugural Moto2 season, currently leading the constructors standings with Gresini Honda’s Toni Elias on top of the rider standings with two wins in four races on the motorcycle. American Honda and Moriwaki have also collaborated to release the MD250H for youth road racers. No riders have been announced at this point.
The American Honda Moto2 team will also help with fundraising efforts for the Rides for Kids program and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.