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13 Dec 2019
Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA Announces Plans for 2020 Motorcycle Racing Activities
Sepang, Malaysia, December 13, 2019: Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA (HADR), a team formed when Honda’s Asia and Oceania subsidiaries joined forces, announced its plans for the 2020 motorcycle racing season at a press conference prior to the weekend of FIM Endurance World Championships – 8 Hours of Sepang – at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.

In 2019, HADR finished in its inaugural Asia Superbike 1000cc class (ASB1000) in the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) 2019 with a remarkable 4th position in the team overall championship standings, while its sole rider Zaqwan Zaidi finished 3rd in the rider championship. The team also finished in 12th place in the Japan Superbike 1000cc class (JSB1000) in the 2019 All-Japan Road Race Championship (JSB) and took 11th place in the Suzuka 8-hour Endurance Race.
In 2020, the team will continue to challenge in the ARRC ASB 1000 class with an aim to win a championship title. It will also participate in the JSB 1000 and Suzuka 8-hour Endurance Race targeting to finish in the best position. Makoto Tamada, the former winning MotoGP rider who’s been managing the HADR team since it was formed, will continue in his role as team manager. Zaqwan Zaidi, Malaysian ace rider and former champion of the SS600 class, will continue pursuing the championship title with the team.

In addition, Gerry Salim, Champion of the 2018 ARRC AP 250 class with Indonesia’s Astra Honda Racing Team, will join Zaqwan Zaidi, giving the team two riders starting next season. 

Both HADR riders will compete on the Honda CBR1000RR-R, the new racing machine from the famous CBR series that was recently unveiled to world at EICMA 2019. Using this model, HADR will be among the top teams to compete in Asia and Oceania.

Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA will strive to deliver the best race results to realize the dream of having a Honda team and its riders become a challenger in world-class motorcycle racing.
  
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Reference:
 
About Honda Motorcycle Racing in Asia & Oceania
Honda continuously pursues the challenges of motorcycle road racing in the Asia and Oceania region with an aim to develop world-class motorcycle riders and team mechanics from Asia. To achieve this goal, Honda is committed to creating a motorsport culture as well as developing the skills of riders and team mechanics throughout Asia.
In line with this commitment, Honda’s motorcycle subsidiaries in Asia and Oceania including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Philippines, and Australia have been following the regional direction in their operations through a variety of motorsports activities in both local and international ones.
The most promising stars will move up to greater challenges by joining Honda’s Asia team for international races namely ARRC. Outstanding riders and mechanics from Honda’s Asian teams will ultimately have a chance to join Honda’s racing teams for world-class races like MotoGP.
With the collaboration of team members from Honda companies throughout the Asia & Oceania region, Honda will strive to deliver the best race results to realize the dream of having a Honda team and riders become a challenger in world-class motorcycle racing.
 
 
About Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA Team
 
  • Honda Group of Companies in Asia & Oceania collaborating on
    the Honda Asia
    -Dream Racing team:   
    - A.P. Honda Co., Ltd. (Thailand)
    - Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia)
    - Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt., Ltd. (India)
    - PT Astra Honda Motor (Indonesia)
    - Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd. (Vietnam)
    - Honda Philippines Inc. (The Philippines)
    - Honda Australia Motorcycle and Power Equipment Pty., Ltd. (Australia)


  • 2019 result
  • 4th overall, ASB1000, Asia Road Racing Championship
  • 12th overall, JSB1000, All-Japan Road Race Championship
  • 11th overall, Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race
 
  • Profile of Key Personnel at Honda Asia-Dream Racing Team:
 
Makoto Tamada
Team Manager, Honda Asia-Dream Racing
Birthdate:         4 November 1976
Country:          Japan
Summary of career in motorsport:
Team rider career
1995-1998       GP250, All-Japan Road Race Championship
1999-2002       Superbike, All-Japan Road Race Championship
2003-2007       MotoGP, Road Race Championship
                        : Winner, 2004 Brazilian MotoGP
                        : Winner, 2004 Japanese MotoGP
2008-2009       World Superbike Championship
2010-2012       Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race
2013-2014       SS600, Asia Road Racing Championship
Team manager career
2014-2017       Satu HATI Honda Team Asia, for Suzuka 8-Hours Endurance Race
2018-Present   Honda Asia-Dream Racing Team, for JSB1000, All-Japan Road Race Championship and Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race
 
Zaqhwan Zaidi
Rider, Honda Asia-Dream Racing Team
Birthdate:         20 July 1995
Country:          Malaysia
Career highlights:
2014                Champion, SS600, Asia Road Racing Championship
Champion, CP130, Malaysian Cub Prix Championship
2015                Moto2 World Championship (4 rounds)
10th overall, SS600, Asia Road Racing Championship
2016                Champion, SS600, Asia Road Racing Championship
4th overall, CP130, Malaysian Cub Prix Championship
2017                2nd overall,SS600, Asia Road Racing Championship
10th overall, CP130, Malaysian Cub Prix Championship
2018                17th overall, JSB1000, All-Japan Road Race Championship
7th overall, Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race
2019                3rd overall, ASB1000, Asia Road Race Championship
12th overall, JSB1000, All-Japan Road Race Championship
11th overall, Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race
 

Gerry Salim, new rider in 2020
Birthdate:         19 April 1997
Country:          Indonesia
Career highlights:
2015                5th overall, GP3, All Japan Championship
6th overall, Asia Talent Cup
2016                5th overall, Asia Talent Cup
9th overall, SS600 Asia Road Racing Championship
National Champions, SS600
2017                Champion, AP250 Asia Road Racing Championship
5th overall, Sport 250cc Class, IRS 2017
2018                35th overall, CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship
2019                16th overall CEV Moto2 European Championship

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Thailand
13 Dec 2019
Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA Announces Plans for 2020 Motorcycle Racing Activities
Sepang, Malaysia, December 13, 2019: Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA (HADR), a team formed when Honda’s Asia and Oceania subsidiaries joined forces, announced its plans for the 2020 motorcycle racing season at a press conference prior to the weekend of FIM Endurance World Championships – 8 Hours of Sepang – at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.

In 2019, HADR finished in its inaugural Asia Superbike 1000cc class (ASB1000) in the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) 2019 with a remarkable 4th position in the team overall championship standings, while its sole rider Zaqwan Zaidi finished 3rd in the rider championship. The team also finished in 12th place in the Japan Superbike 1000cc class (JSB1000) in the 2019 All-Japan Road Race Championship (JSB) and took 11th place in the Suzuka 8-hour Endurance Race.
In 2020, the team will continue to challenge in the ARRC ASB 1000 class with an aim to win a championship title. It will also participate in the JSB 1000 and Suzuka 8-hour Endurance Race targeting to finish in the best position. Makoto Tamada, the former winning MotoGP rider who’s been managing the HADR team since it was formed, will continue in his role as team manager. Zaqwan Zaidi, Malaysian ace rider and former champion of the SS600 class, will continue pursuing the championship title with the team.

In addition, Gerry Salim, Champion of the 2018 ARRC AP 250 class with Indonesia’s Astra Honda Racing Team, will join Zaqwan Zaidi, giving the team two riders starting next season. 

Both HADR riders will compete on the Honda CBR1000RR-R, the new racing machine from the famous CBR series that was recently unveiled to world at EICMA 2019. Using this model, HADR will be among the top teams to compete in Asia and Oceania.

Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA will strive to deliver the best race results to realize the dream of having a Honda team and its riders become a challenger in world-class motorcycle racing.
  
# # #
 
Reference:
 
About Honda Motorcycle Racing in Asia & Oceania
Honda continuously pursues the challenges of motorcycle road racing in the Asia and Oceania region with an aim to develop world-class motorcycle riders and team mechanics from Asia. To achieve this goal, Honda is committed to creating a motorsport culture as well as developing the skills of riders and team mechanics throughout Asia.
In line with this commitment, Honda’s motorcycle subsidiaries in Asia and Oceania including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Philippines, and Australia have been following the regional direction in their operations through a variety of motorsports activities in both local and international ones.
The most promising stars will move up to greater challenges by joining Honda’s Asia team for international races namely ARRC. Outstanding riders and mechanics from Honda’s Asian teams will ultimately have a chance to join Honda’s racing teams for world-class races like MotoGP.
With the collaboration of team members from Honda companies throughout the Asia & Oceania region, Honda will strive to deliver the best race results to realize the dream of having a Honda team and riders become a challenger in world-class motorcycle racing.
 
 
About Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA Team
 
    - A.P. Honda Co., Ltd. (Thailand)
    - Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia)
    - Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt., Ltd. (India)
    - PT Astra Honda Motor (Indonesia)
    - Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd. (Vietnam)
    - Honda Philippines Inc. (The Philippines)
    - Honda Australia Motorcycle and Power Equipment Pty., Ltd. (Australia)


 
 
Makoto Tamada
Team Manager, Honda Asia-Dream Racing
Birthdate:         4 November 1976
Country:          Japan
Summary of career in motorsport:
Team rider career
1995-1998       GP250, All-Japan Road Race Championship
1999-2002       Superbike, All-Japan Road Race Championship
2003-2007       MotoGP, Road Race Championship
                        : Winner, 2004 Brazilian MotoGP
                        : Winner, 2004 Japanese MotoGP
2008-2009       World Superbike Championship
2010-2012       Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race
2013-2014       SS600, Asia Road Racing Championship
Team manager career
2014-2017       Satu HATI Honda Team Asia, for Suzuka 8-Hours Endurance Race
2018-Present   Honda Asia-Dream Racing Team, for JSB1000, All-Japan Road Race Championship and Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race
 
Zaqhwan Zaidi
Rider, Honda Asia-Dream Racing Team
Birthdate:         20 July 1995
Country:          Malaysia
Career highlights:
2014                Champion, SS600, Asia Road Racing Championship
Champion, CP130, Malaysian Cub Prix Championship
2015                Moto2 World Championship (4 rounds)
10th overall, SS600, Asia Road Racing Championship
2016                Champion, SS600, Asia Road Racing Championship
4th overall, CP130, Malaysian Cub Prix Championship
2017                2nd overall,SS600, Asia Road Racing Championship
10th overall, CP130, Malaysian Cub Prix Championship
2018                17th overall, JSB1000, All-Japan Road Race Championship
7th overall, Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race
2019                3rd overall, ASB1000, Asia Road Race Championship
12th overall, JSB1000, All-Japan Road Race Championship
11th overall, Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race
 

Gerry Salim, new rider in 2020
Birthdate:         19 April 1997
Country:          Indonesia
Career highlights:
2015                5th overall, GP3, All Japan Championship
6th overall, Asia Talent Cup
2016                5th overall, Asia Talent Cup
9th overall, SS600 Asia Road Racing Championship
National Champions, SS600
2017                Champion, AP250 Asia Road Racing Championship
5th overall, Sport 250cc Class, IRS 2017
2018                35th overall, CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship
2019                16th overall CEV Moto2 European Championship