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Honda looking to MotoGP's new generation

Honda looking to MotoGP's new generation

Honda looking to MotoGP's new generation

As Honda Racing Corporation confirmed the 2006 line-up of the Repsol Honda team - the Japanese manufacturer's official team - HRC president Suguru Kanazawa revealed the future policy and intended strategy the firm now plan to follow.

"More than a quarter of a century has passed since Honda's comeback to the Grand Prix Road Racing World Championship in 1979 with the innovative four-stroke, oval-pistoned NR500 racing machine. Since then, our challenge has never ceased and we won many championships with the two-stroke NSR500 then with the four-stroke RC211V in the MotoGP class, which started in 2002," recalled Mr Kanazawa.

"Now we are preparing for the new challenge of the immediate future and also for the second generation of the MotoGP class, which will start in 2007. Our new challenge is to organize new-generation teams with young riders, and also to win back the championship. In order to implement our renewed challenge, we will try to make the most of the wisdom, experience and know-how of those who have supported and represented us in the past - throughout the period of WGP/MotoGP."

"Heading into a new era, Honda will start the new challenge with the young generation from 2006," concluded the HRC president.

Alongside the Repsol Honda team formed by Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa, the Japanese manufacturer's banner will also be defended by Marco Melandri and Toni Elias in the colours of Fortuna Honda, while Aussie Casey Stoner should be another young gun joining the Honda camp with Sito Pons' team.

MotoGP, 2005

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