In the 2018 season, Honda participated in 8 classes in 6 categories of Motorcycle World Championship racing, and the Dakar Rally.
In MotoGP, the premier class of the FIM* Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix, Marc Márquez, the four-time World Champion who won the championship in 2017 for the second consecutive year, and Dani Pedrosa, a 13-year veteran in this class, will continue to race for Repsol Honda Team, a Honda factory team, riding the 2018 model of the RC213V factory machine.
In the FIM* Trial World Championship (WCT), as with last year, Toni Bou, the reigning champion for the last 11 seasons, and Takahisa Fujinami, a 24-year veteran in WCT will race for Repsol Honda Team, a Honda factory team, riding the COTA4RT factory machine.
In the MXGP class, the premier class of the FIM* Motocross World Championship, Tim Gajser, who finished the 2017 season in 5th place and Brian Bogers, who newly joined the team this season from the MX2 class, will race for Team HRC, Honda’s factory team. Both riders will ride the 2018 model of the CRF450RW factory machine and strive to regain the championship title. Moreover, in the MX2 class, Calvin Vlaanderen will race for Team HRC, riding a CRF250RW works machine and vie for the title.
* FIM: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
The wide-ranging race categories in which Honda has been active in car racing as well.
Honda will compete in the FIA* Formula One World Championship (F1) as a power unit supplier for Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda with two drivers, Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley.
In the IndyCar Series in North America, Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), a subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is planning to supply the HI18TT, 2.2-liter V6 twin turbo engines for 12 machines raced by five teams. Takuma Sato, in his ninth season, will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and vie for the Indy500 championship for the second consecutive year as well as the series championship.
A Civic TCR will be competing in the FIA* World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), a new series which takes over the WTCC, as well as other touring car races around the world through customer teams. Not only supplying these racing machines but also enhancing customer support structure, Honda will work with each team and take on challenges to empower more teams to enjoy highly competitive racing.
* FIA: Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile