2019 INMRC: Honda introduces new NSF250R Talent Cup one-make racing series
Idemitsu Honda Racing India has big plans for the 2019 season of motorsport, that include bringing the NSF250R Moto3-spec racing machine to the Indian motorsport scene. The outfit has announced that they will run a new category in the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship - the NSF250R Talent Cup. The one-make series will feature the prototype race bike that makes 48PS.
The eight Indian riders who will compete in the 2019 NSF250R Talent Cup
Honda 2Wheelers India says that the reason the NSF250R Talent Cup is being introduced to India, is in order for the younger crop of racers to be given a chance to compete on world-class race machinery, which in turn will help groom them for international motorsport.
The riders competing in the 2019 NSF250R Talent Cup include eight of the 20 finalists from last year's Honda Talent Cup. The riders, aged between 12 and 19, include 12-year-old Sarthak from Pune, 14-year-olds Kavin and Geoffrey from Chennai, 15 year-old Mohammad Mikail (2018 Honda CBR150R Talent Cup winner), 16 year old S Varoon, 17-year-old Mohsin from Mallapuram, 18 year old Charan T from Chennai and finally 19-year-old Kritik Habib from Gadag, Karnataka (2018 IDEMITSU Honda India CBR150R Talent Cup First Runner Up).
Honda also announced their team for the 2019 INMRC's Pro Stock 200-300cc category
In addition, Honda will conduct their Talent Hunt this year as well, across five cities, with the aim of bringing in new talent aged 13 to 17. The shortlisted riders will then be trained as a part of the IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup on race-prepped CBR150R's.
In addition, Honda and the Ten10 Racing team will be taking part in the Pro Stock 200-300cc category, with their race-prepped CBR250R bikes. Three riders - Sarath Kumar, Anish Shetty and Abhishek Vasudev - will compete in the Pro-Stock 300cc category. And three more riders - B Aravind, Yashas R L and K Kannan - will compete in the Pro-Stock 165cc category.