Torrance, CA: American Honda Motor Co., Inc. announces today our participation in the 2010 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, August 27 to 29. For this event, American Honda was awarded a wild card entry for the Moto2 class. To mount this one-race endeavor, American Honda has joined forces in a combined effort with Moriwaki Engineering.
"American Honda views the Indy GP as an opportunity to support Moto2 in the U.S.," said Ray Blank, Senior Vice President, American Honda Powersports Division. "We are very excited to be road racing again in America. This great new production-based world championship format is based on the Honda CBR600RR engine platform, so it's a natural for our participation."
The team will field a Honda-powered Moriwaki MD600. Moriwaki has been at the forefront of professional racing for 34 years, specializing in Honda-related products. Best known for its Honda V5-powered MD211VF MotoGP bike, which campaigned in 2004, the firm-in conjunction with American Honda-more recently released the MD250H, a 250cc four-stroke single-cylinder lightweight racer to support youth road racing in America. In Moto2, Moriwaki has already proven its engineering prowess, winning two Moto2 rounds with its MD600 in the hands of Gresini Racing's Toni Elias. As a result, Elias leads the Moto2 rider standings and Moriwaki leads the constructor championship standings.
The American Honda Indy GP Moto2 team will also represent the Ride for Kids® (RFK) program and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® (PBTF) through special fund-raising activities (more information to come).
For more information, contact: American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (310) 783-3745