Honda PHL begins racing season with tryouts

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CLARK, PAMPANGA — Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), officially began its 2019 Motorsports season by conducting the Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup (HPDC) Tryouts on Jan. 26 at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga. It served as the official selection process for nine talented young riders who will participate in the official races and undergo training in the Honda Racing Clinic.

HPDC is a Motor Sports program of HPI which aims to develop young riders in motorcycle racing using a specific one make race machine, namely the CBR150R — a 150cc, MotoGP DNA motorcycle.

The HPDC is also a step-up program of HPI to young riders to qualify for international race programs of Honda and immerse in different environments to become better equipped for competitions.

Several riders registered as the day began, and the program was officially opened by HPI’s Adviser for Motorsports, Ryosuke Arai. Then Gilbert Sison, Group Head for Motorsports, welcomed the esteemed judges tasked to select the riders, namely racing coach Joey Rivero and Troy Alberto, international racer and HPI’s representative in Thai Talent Cup and Asia Talent Cup last 2018. They also oriented the participants on the tryout process and session inside the 4.2 km Race Track. Also present in the event was Mr. Eduardo Lumague, president of Unified Sports and Racing Association.