Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship will introduce a new class for 2012 season – Asia Dream Cup which will be using Honda CBR 250R as the race bike in conduction of Honda Motor Co Ltd, Japan. This newly-introduced class will be race by 21 luckiest-talented riders among asian countries. The debut race consists 16 riders from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, China, India, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand and will be joined by other 5 riders from other asian countries. This new program will run simultaneously in PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship for 5 years!
Why they chose Honda CBR 250R? The simple answer that we can think is that the CBR 250R is the closest bike that can match the Moto3 specs used in MotoGP. It is a kind of exposures for amateur riders to ride a full-fairing bike in order for them to advance to a higher platform. By the end of the season, the top rider and other 2 handpicked riders will be rewarded to test ride the Moto3 bike and they are probably be picked for Moto3 rider as a wild card entry. It is truly a big chance for them the luckiest 21 riders to show what they are capable of and expand their career into world-class level.
The highlight of this new event is the Honda CBR 250R itself. How can a road-use bike transform into a race-spec bike? It is something that we, motorcycle enthusiast will be wondering about. Nothing to worry because here we show you the bike!
Quite interesting isn’t it? It is totally different from what we can see on the road. Although it is a VFR looks alike in a standard scheme, but when it transforms for race purpose, it is more like a CBR1000RR Fireblade. It is totally awesome!
The riders for this bike already tested it and here are the result from pre-season test for Asia Dream Cup at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) North Track, Malaysia on 5th April 2012.
Written by: Yamada