Honda team drivers and riders from across the world converged at Motegi in Japan, to display their skills to fans from across the world.
Report and Photography Aspi Bhathena
Every year after the racing season is over, Honda organize an event called Enjoy with Honda in Japan. They bring in their motorsport personalities from all over the world do a couple of demo laps at their own Twin Ring Motegi circuit. The Motegi venue is just not a race circuit as it also has an entertainment facility for the entire family. This year, Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India invited a few select journalists from the country, including me, to experience the Enjoy with Honda event. Additionally, all Honda owners were invited free of cost to come and witness the event. There were more than 30,000 people at the circuit.
I had the opportunity to get really close to F1 cars, MotoGP motorcycles, Indy Racing cars as well as Honda GT cars. They also had a trial circuit just behind the racing circuit where some trial riders were performing. Honda’s emphasis on safety was also on display as they had tiny tots in the age group of 4 to 5 years riding electrically powered two-wheelers on a special circuit with a soft rubberized surface to protect the children if they crashed. The main idea was to teach kids the appropriate road manners from an early age in a safe environment.
The Honda museum showcases the company’s prized racing collection right from their first IOMTT bikes, World Championship winning motorcycles and F1 World Championship dominating engines which took the late great Ayrton Senna to his championship victories. One could spend an entire day in the museum without realizing the number of hours gone by.
Honda had a specially designed track to teach kids the nuances of safe riding
All the drivers and riders of Honda teams from various motorsport events across the world
Honda Trials’ riders performing in sync