Honda Asia Dream Racing with Showa in the spotlight at Sepang
Among the teams in the starting line-up of the forthcoming 8 Hours of Sepang in Malaysia is Honda Asia Dream Racing with Showa, one of the likely favourites to win. A closer look at a team that brings together talents from across Asia.
This Japanese squad, originally named Honda Team Asia, was created in 2012 with the goal of recruiting riders and technical crew members from all over Asia. The very next year, in 2013, Honda Team Asia made a splash by securing a 6th-place finish at the Suzuka 8 Hours with a rider line-up including the current team manager, former MotoGP racer Makoto Tamada.
Honda Asia Dream Racing with Showa regularly competes in the Suzuka 8 Hours, finishing 11th overall last July and 7th in 2018. The team is also a leading light of the Asia Road Racing Championship. Malaysian rider Zaqhwan Zaidi, the team’s number-one racer since 2016, is 3rd in the current season of the ARRC Superbike 1000 in the run-up to the final race in late November.
Honda Asia Dream Racing with Showa will race the 8 Hours of Sepang with a line-up comprising Zaqhwan Zaidi, Indonesian rider Gerry Salim, who competes in the CEV Moto2 in Spain, and Thai Moto2 world championship rider Somkiat Chantra.
The team’s Honda #88 will be worth keeping a close eye on right from the first practice sessions on the Sepang International Circuit on Wednesday 11 December.
Makoto Tamada said:
“Sepang 8 Hours will be the last important race of the year for Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA and it is of course one of our home races. I believe that our riders will be among the top Asian riders in the future. I am very excited to participate at this première EWC Sepang round and I strongly believe in our riders and team to get a podium finish. I will do everything in my power to pull out the best of my Asian riders and crew to make an unforgettable race to the motorsports fans in Asia and the world.”
Zaqhwan Zaidi said:
“I want to take this opportunity to invite all Malaysian motorsports fans to come and join us to the première of the Sepang 8hours Endurance World Championship race this December and support me and other Malaysian riders. Come and feel the amazing atmosphere of the event and see with yours eyes the difference of what is a real endurance race!