Honda unveils Moto3 machine
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Honda Racing Corporation officially presented its NSF250R Moto3 bike in a press conference at Catalunya today.
In front of an enthusiastic throng of cameras and journalists, Executive Vice-President Shuhei Nakamoto and Project Development leader Yoshiyuki Kurayoshi of Honda Racing Corporation unveiled the new NSF250R bike at a press conference at Montmelo.
The liquid cooled, single cylinder 4-stroke Moto3 machine, which will replace the current 2-stroke, 125cc bike used in the GP125 class in 2012, inherits important elements from its 125cc predecessor, including a chassis and geometry based on the successful frame of 125cc machine. Improvements over the former class bike are plenty, including titanium valves, a sealed crankshaft, and a dry weight of 84kg. The new machine will be available for purchase at the end of 2011.
Shuhei Nakamoto explained the philosophy behind the development of their Moto3 machinery, stating: "Our aim is to expand the base of motorsports through the Moto3 class, and the greatest joy would be for this class to be a springboard for future champions.
Also joining the stage was former world champion Alex Criville. Itīs time to change to Moto3. The future will be more interesting, he stated. For me, itīs a good time to change to this class. Criville will ride a demonstration lap at approximately 17h00 on Friday, June 3rd, and an additional demonstration lap ahead of the MotoGP Warm-Up session on Sunday 5th June.