Honda’s Dream Team racers stay on top of their leagues despite Marc Marquez, reigning world champion of Repsol-Honda, fell short of 0.023 seconds behind Andrea Dovizioso, while fellow Honda teammate Cal Crutchlow emerged third during the MotoGP Round on Sunday.

Marquez raced against Dovioso over 22 laps as team member Cal Crutchlow tailed closely behind during the tilt held at Losail, Qatar. Both showcased strong races despite injuries attained the previous year, with Marquez having an operated shoulder and Crutchlow breaking his ankle in last October’s Australian Grand Prix.

Preparations for the MotoGP race were grueling, especially that Marquez had his first ride on a MotoGP bike after undergoing surgery for his left shoulder last December as tropical temperatures in Sepang reached 60 degrees every afternoon. Crutchlow, on the other hand, displayed confidence this season despite having an injury that caused minor swelling in his ankle.

Another 1st for Honda Team Asia

Meanwhile, other Honda racers also bagged big wins. Kaito Toba of Honda Team Asia emerged the Moto3 World Championship making him the first Japanese to win the event. He swept ahead of the Italian Dalla Porta and Poleman Aron Canet, grabbing the checkered flag with a speed of 0.053 seconds.

A clean sweep in Malaysia

Rider Md Zaqhwan Zaidi of Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA Team is the winner of Race2 held in Sepang Malaysia last March 10. The team initially had problems with the machine during Race 1 and made sure that everything worked well for the second round to win.

Race 2 saw rains drenching down temperatures to 35 degrees. Fast clouds eventually pounded torrent as Zaidi kept closing on the lead rider, keeping a gap of more than three seconds into the final lap. Zaidi took first while Warokorn finished second.

Md. Zaqhwan Zaidi is the ace rider of the new team formed through Honda’s Asian subsidiaries joining forces with Showa, a manufacturer of high-performance automotive, motorcycle, and outboard suspension systems based in Gyoda, Saitama. Honda’s Asia-Dream Racing competed in the Asia Road Racing Championship’s new ASB1000 class.

Former MotoGP Makoto Tamada led the team and was also responsible for spreading motorsports across the Asia region. Both Zaidi and Tamada have worked hard to succeed in the new class after being involved in the JSB1000 class in Japan last season.

Honda Motor Company, Ltd. presented a dream team of racers whom all did their best amidst injuries and harsh climate.

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