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Honda's Moto3 challenger

2011-02-25 10:48

MOTO3 ENTRY: Honda hopes its NSF250R will enable its drivers to move on from entry level racing to the MotoGP category.

After months of speculation we've finally uncovered the first official photograph of Honda’s Moto3 entry. Originally dubbed the NRS250 (Next Racing Standard), the NSF250R meets the requirements for MotoGP's new four-stroke 250cc Moto3 class for 2012.

Honda's has not yet released any official specifications but under the Moto3 regulations, the NSF250R is limited to a 250cc single-cylinder engine with a bore of up to 81mm and a maximum rev limit of 14000rpm.

“Replacing the current two-stroke, 125cc used in the GP125 class, we developed the new NSF250R as a machine for entry riders to participate in the battle, seizing the opportunity provided by the opening of the four-stroke, 250cc Moto3 category, which begins in 2012,” states Honda on its Motor Sports website.


Unlike the Moto2 series, there won't be a single-engine supplier for the Moto3 series, prompting several manufactures to express their interest in building motorcycles for the new class.

Honda says the new bike will inherit elements from its RS125R 125 GPbike. The RS125R has garnered much success for the Japanese manufacturer, earning 130 GP race wins with nine riders winning the World championship.

Honda hopes the bike will also serve as springboard for riders to learn the basics of racing before moving up to MotoGP standard.

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