After a successful run in 2019, Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) is once again priming up for next year's much-awaited motorsports event for the young generation, the Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup (HPDC). Barely two months after successfully concluding this year's race, with 14-year-old Alfred Jakob Sablaya emerging victorious, Honda has officially kicked off the 2020 Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup by commencing the tryouts.
The top motorcycle manufacturer in the country encourages the "new breed" of young riders, 10 to 17 years of age, to audition for next year's race. The tryouts serve as Honda's official selection process for the official races and whoever gets selected will undergo training at the Honda Racing Clinic.
As of this writing, HPI is no longer accepting applications for the tryouts but will release the confirmation to all applications today, November 28, on its official website and social media channels. The lucky ones to get a confirmation will be off to the Clark International Speedway in Mabalacat, Pampanga on December 14 to demonstrate their capability to compete in a high-level motorcycle race.
Participants of the HPDC are required to use only one specific Honda racing machine — the Honda CBR150R which is a 150cc single-cylinder sport bike with Honda MotoGP DNA. Designed solely for racing, this bike combines power, speed, and precision for a full racing experience. The actual competition consists of six rounds of races with each round having two parts.
With the Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup endeavor, it is Honda's objective to hone fledgling but talented riders to excel in motorcycle racing. Becoming part of the races is a means to gain exposure in different environments to become better equipped for competitions, and at the same time serves as a stepping stone to qualify for prestigious racing competitions both locally and internationally.
The HPDC racing event is one of the programs under HPI's One Dream campaign launched last year, which aims to promote Honda motorcycles as tools to achieve one's dream and to unite all motorcycle riders through different sports and sports-related activities.
Honda seems to be on the right track with its marketing campaign especially since the Philippines is seeing a shift in how the public view motorcycles as a daily means of transportation. Additionally, targeting the young generation instead of adults for its motorcycle racing event is a good way to encourage future generations to dream and live their dreams to the fullest.