How to watch: Honda Electric Motocross debut in Japan

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Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) announced that it will enter the electric motocrosser CR ELECTRIC PROTO in the D.I.D All Japan Motocross Championship 2023 Round 8, Saitama Toyopet Cup, in the IA1 class, to be held at Off Road Village (Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture) on October 28 and 29.

This will be Honda’s first attempt to enter a Honda-developed electric motorcycle in an official race, and will make a wildcard appearance as Team HRC, operated by HRC. Trey Canard (33 years old), 2010 AMA Pro Motocross 250 class champion and current team advisor for American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will ride the CR ELECTRIC PROTO at the event.

 Honda announced an electric motocrosser at the 46th Tokyo Motorcycle Show in March 2019. The following month, at HSR Kyushu, the venue for the opening round of the All Japan Motocross Championship, we held a demo run in addition to displaying the actual vehicle.

The participating class is IA1, the highest class in Japan. In this class, Yamaha Factory Team’s Jay Wilson (#27) quickly clinched the series title in the previous race, and it will be interesting to see if Wilson, who has been undefeated since the start of the race, can gain ground.
As for the battery capacity issue, which is a concern since it is electric, the IA1 class at this year’s event will have three heats of 15 minutes and one lap instead of the previous standard of two heats of 30 minutes and one lap. 


*Based on Local Times – Sunday 10/29

Heat 1 – IA29:40
Heat 1 – IA110:20
Heat 2 – IA212:15
Heat 2 – IA112:50
Heat 3 – IA214:45
Heat 3 – IA115:25


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