AP Honda launches 2014 MotorSport Plan

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To build new blood in international circuit;

Collaborate with ‘Stop And Go’ to pave way for Thitipong Warokorn in Moto2.

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BANGKOK, 18 March 2014 —-– AP Honda, the distributor of Honda motorcycles and the leader of Thailand’s motorsport, introduced its 2014 Motorsport Plan to build young blood into the international racing circuit, both in Moto2 and Motorcross races.

The list of rising stars is led by Thitipong Warokorn to compete in Moto2 at World GP for the first time with ‘Stop & Go’, a world class team from Spain, under the new team ‘AP Honda PTT The Pizza SAG’.

Jakrit Sawaengsawat and Weerawat Wongthanon will join the 600cc class at Asia Road Racing Championship. Three new rising stars; Somkiat Jantra, Nakarin Athiratpuwapat, and Muklada Sampuetare getting ready for the Asia Talent Cup, to secure their places in the Moto3 class at the World GP.

AP Honda is also supporting Anon Theplib and Jakrit Suksripaisan to accumulate the scores in Motocross Asia, to secure their places at MXGP.

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“As a leader in Thailand’s motorcycle industry, AP Honda is determined to support young blood of Thailand to enter the international competition, both in Moto2 and Motocross races. Thai racers under Honda team have built reputation for the country. Ratthapark Wilairote was the first Thai racer to enter the international competition in Moto2 class at World GP. During the past seven years, Ratthapark had gained recognition for Thailand motorsport industry in the international level. However, we couldn’t be satisfied with the past success. We believe that the Thai racers have the potential to enter the international competition if they are offered the opportunity. Building new blood to the industry became our priority. This year, AP Honda is supporting new rising stars to enter the regional level, in order to be ready to enter the world-class competitions,” said Arak Phornprapha, executive director at AP Honda Co., Ltd.

AP Honda is representing eight racers this years, six to enter Moto2 and two to enter Motocross. For the Moto2 class at World GP, Thitipong Warokorn will enter the Moto2 class throughout this season under ‘AP Honda PTT The Pizza SAG’. The team’s collaboration between AP Honda Co., Ltd., and Stop and Go team from Spain. Another two leading racers, Jakrit Sawaengsawat and Peerawat Wongthananon, will enter 600cc class at the Asia Road Racing Championship.

At the same time, AP Honda is ready to introduce three new rising stars to enter the Asia Talent Cup, to secure their places in Moto3 class at World GP. The rising stars are Somkiat Jantra, Nakarin Athiratpuwapat, and Muklada Sarnpuet.

For the Motocross competition, AP Honda is supporting Anon Theplib and Jakrit Suksripaisan at the national, regional, and international competitions. The two racers performed exceptionally at MXGP in Thailand in early March, especially Anon who won the MX1, the largest prize of the competition.

“In the past two years, our racers in different categories have performed very well and shown their progressive development. Although some of them are very young, their potential has outshone their tender age. They have the potential to develop and enter the international level if they practice and adjust their style to the competition. We need to offer them an opportunity to enter the international competition and learn to adjust their flaws. I believe Thai racers have the potential and future if they are provided a chance,” said Arak, with high confidence.

To keep updated with your favourite Thai racers in the regional and international competitions throughout 2014, visit www.aphonda.co.th, click www.facebook.com/hondamotorcyclethailand, or watch live broadcast of World GP at True Visions and at Sport Plus HD channel at CTH; or watch the recorded competition through ‘Sport Impact’ programme at Modern Nine TV between 1am and 1.30am.

[Source: AP Honda Thailand]

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