Giving wings to the next generation of riders who want to enter the world of professional racing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) kick-started the hunt for young racing talent by conducting round 1 of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt 2022 at the Aruani Grid in (Bengaluru). The first round of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt 2022 in Bengaluru saw participation of amateur riders from 5 cities (Chennai & Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, Bengaluru in Karnataka, Malappuram in Kerala and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh). The round saw riders aged as young as 09 years going upto 17 years who are looking for a platform to fulfil their dream of becoming an iconic rider.
Sharing an overview on the participation in Bengaluru, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj – Operating Officer, Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India. Pvt. Ltd. said, “The IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt is a platform developed by Honda that gives an avenue to aspiring and budding racers from all over India to unleash their potential on racetrack. We have kicked-off the 2022 hunt for next-gen racing sensation from Bengaluru and shortlisted candidates will be participating in the next level. The best of these riders will get an opportunity to ride and compete in 2022 season of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup CBR150R. In long term, Honda’s focus is to put young Indian talent on multiple National & International platforms like Asia Talent Cup, Asia Road Racing Championship, Endurance championships. I am confident that these budding riders will change the scenario of motorsports in India and make the nation proud both at national as well as international level.”
In Phase 1, all 09 candidates went through rigorous 3 levels of tests. First being a gruelling physical fitness session followed by judging the young guns’ riding skills and manoeuvrability on the racetrack. This was followed by a one-on-one interview with candidates and their parents/guardians to understand both their motorsport passion and family support to become the next iconic rider from India.
After shortlisting in phase I, the top candidates will be trained and promoted 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 get an opportunity to race in the ongoing 2022 IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup CBR 150R category.