Want to go motorcycle racing? Dream of competing in MotoGP someday? You just might have a shot with Honda. Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) is gearing up for next year’s Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup (HPDC) as it announces tryouts for a new breed of riders for the Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup 2020.
Tryouts happen on December 14 at the Clark International Speedway in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Honda wants young talents, aged 10-17 years old, to showcase their ability to compete in high-level road racing and get a chance to be a full-fledged Honda Racer for local and prestigious international motorcycle racing competitions.
During the tryouts, aspiring riders will use Honda’s one-make racing machine, the CBR150R with MotoGP DNA. The full-fledged racing machine allows aspirants to ride more precisely and truly push the limits without the trappings of a street-legal bike to slow them down.
Interested applicants simply need to complete an application form by filling up the form found HERE. Please note that the following must be submitted: Photocopy of School ID / Government issued ID of the Rider; Photocopy Government issued ID of the Parent / Guardian; Photocopy of Parents TIN (tax Identification Number) ID; Photocopy of Riders Birth Certificate; Riders Racing License; and Riders Racing Insurance. Racing License and insurance are REQUIRED. The deadline is noon of November 25. HPI will then release a confirmation to the application on November 28. More info is available at HPI’s official Facebook page and website.
From left: 2019 Pilipinas Dream Cup champ, Alfred Jakob Sablaya, with Gilbert Sison, Junior Supervisor, Brand Marketing Section, Honda Philippines.
Don’t believe us? Last year, 14-year-old, Alfred Jakob Sablaya, bagged the Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup championship, setting him on the path to join the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup Tryouts at Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia. His results at the tryouts earned him a slot for the 2020 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup season. With his talents and potential, he is poised to become the next Pinoy rider to race internationally, joining the ranks HPI's current international competitor, Troy Alberto.
“Young riders should not pass on this opportunity to experience and participate in the thrilling Honda tryout race, for it opens doors to various opportunities, including high-ranking local and international competitions,” said Hervic Villa, Department Manager of Motorcycle Planning Office.
The 2020 HPDC Tryouts are part of Honda’s Motorsports Program, which aims to help develop young Filipino riders for motorcycle racing using the CBR150R – a 150cc, MotoGP DNA motorcycle. It seeks to promote the sport of motorcycle racing among young Filipinos, to pique their interest, and improve their skills, preparing these potential contenders for the rigors of racing in the future and representing the country internationally.
The racing event is also in line with HPI’s One Dream campaign, which aims to serve Honda Motorcycles as tools in achieving one’s dream and unite all motorcycle riders through various fun-filled activities.