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Honda unveils Moto3 machine

Honda unveils Moto3 machine

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. “It´s time to change to Moto3. The future will be more interesting,” he stated. “For me, it´s 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.


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