AFTER identifying the next racing talent from the east, south and north region, the one-of-its-kind ‘IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt’ starts its 2019 journey for the west from Pune.
The IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt is Honda’s unique initiative which aims to identify young racers starting as early as 13 years of age. Through this platform, Honda 2Wheelers India will groom the best of young riders from Pune for a racing career spanning national and international championships.
After the last five rounds in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Aizawl and Delhi, round six of the Hunt recently saw overwhelming participation of 13 youngsters with the youngest being only of 13 years of age.
The candidates had to go through three levels of tests. First being their physical fitness, second their race orientation and riding skills especially for the race track. This was followed by a Jury interview wherein the candidates and their guardians were interviewed to understand both their motorsport passion and family support to making this a career.
Representing the jury were Prabhu Nagaraj, vice president, Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, Chandan Burdak, division head, Motorsports, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, and Ramji Govindarajan, director, Ten10 Racing.
After shortlisting in phase one, the top candidates of the Talent Hunt of Pune will be trained at Honda Ten10 Racing Academy and given an opportunity to ride on the track in Phase II. It is from this pool of talent that Honda will pick up the best riders. Further, they will be nurtured through 360-degree training which will focus on their physical fitness, mental strength, and stamina, over and above experts working on their race craft. These final riders will then join the 12 selected riders to race in the Honda Talent Cup CBR 150R category in the 2019 season.
Speaking on the occasion, Prabhu Nagaraj, vice president, Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle, and Scooter India Pvt Ltd said, “The IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt is a part of our new motorsports direction and building a structure to develop young talent in the country. Committed to developing an iconic India rider, our talent hunt stars Mikail bagged the first spot and Kritik Habib, the third spot at the IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup 2018 season. Moving forward with this round in Pune, we are delighted to see the passion towards motorsports among these young participants and I am confident that these budding riders will change the scenario of motorsports in India and make the nation proud at the international podiums as well.”
After this leg, Honda’s Talent Hunt will travel to Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) on February 23, 2019, to identify India’s next big racing sensations.