Honda-Powered Bike for U.S. Youth-Oriented GP Series

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Feb. 14, 2008
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Moriwaki Engineering Japan announced recently that a limited number of MD250H Honda-powered race bikes will be offered for sale to riders eligible for the youth-oriented USGPRU road racing series.

The USGPRU is a roadrace series run on 125cc and 250cc machines during Championship Cup Series (CCS) and American Sportbike Racers Association (ASRA) events, and serves as a type of grooming process for 12-18 year-old American and Canadian racers with an eye toward professional roadracing.

The MD250H is powered by a 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke Unicam engine from Honda’s CRF250X off-road bike that has been race tuned by Moriwaki Engineering. From the wheels up, the purpose-built twin spar aluminum-framed road racer is ready-to-roll, complete with a single radial-mount front disc brake, inverted fork, Pro-Link single-shock rear suspension, lightweight wheels and tires, works-style welded aluminum fuel tank and race-ready bodywork. Riders need only apply their own paint and graphics.

“Our goal in releasing the MD250H is to help develop youth and entry-level racing in America by providing high-quality, affordable entry-level machines that are fun to ride and easy to maintain,” said Honda Press Manager Jon Row. “To build enthusiasm for the USGPRU MD250H series, American Honda will be offering a corresponding contingency program worth $110,000”. Qualified racers may receive a Pro Honda Pit Kit consisting of $890 worth of oils and chemicals. Riders with existing oil and chemicals sponsors can decline this option.  For contingency details, visit

Suggested retail price for the MD250H is $11,699. It will be sold exclusively through select Honda dealers. For more information about availability, contact your local Honda dealer, and for information about the race series, visit