Honda India starts hunt for next-generation iconic Indian rider

Chennai, Mar 22 (FN Bureau) Giving wings to the next generation of riders who want to enter the world of professional racing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd (HMSI) has re-energized Indian motorsport after the COVID-19 hiatus, by successfully concluding its debut round of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt 2021 at the Kart Attack, here. Since its launch in 2018, the IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt has gained success as a unique platform that identifies the best of young Indian riders and develops them for a racing career, spanning national and international road racing and endurance championships. The first round of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt 2021 in Chennai saw participation of 14 amateur riders from 5 cities (Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Coimbatore, Bengaluru and Delhi).

2021’s debut hunt saw Honda going young, with riders coming in from as young as 9 years going up to 17 years. Interestingly, the round also saw a 14-year-old female rider break the ranks. The participants included both aspiring as well as experienced young riders who are looking for a platform to fulfil their dream of becoming an iconic rider. The 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 race track.

”Our quest to identify the next-gen rider has begun from the mecca of racing – Chennai and are delighted to see the overwhelming passion of the young boys. IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt is just the start of their professional racing career. In long term, Honda’s focus is to put young Indian talent on multiple world class platforms from endurance racing to road racing like CEV, Asian Talent Cup, Asia Road Racing Championship, going up to premier class MotoGP. These final riders will then join the selected riders to race in the Honda India Talent Cup CBR150R category in the 2021 season.