Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) is already preparing for the coming Moto3 class in the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix series. Moto3 is scheduled to replace the 125GP class, which uses 125cc two-stroke motorcycles, with four-stroke 250cc machines in 2012. Of course, it is very likely that other manufacturers are gearing up for the new series, but HRC is the first to release a ‘teaser’ image of what their all-new NRS250 will look like.
NRS is an acronym for Next Racing Standard, and you should not make the mistake of thinking that this is directly related to the World Championship winning NSR or NR (New Racing) machines from Honda’s past success. HRC has not put any specifications into print as of this writing, but it is expected to be a 250cc four-stroke engine with a bore not to exceed 81mm as is specified in the new FIM Moto3 rules.
Moto3 will change the face of the World Championship just as the new Moto2 class has, and we certainly hope that the racing itself will be just as entertaining. Honda is getting ready for the change, and we have proof of this now. Will other information sneak out of HRC about the NRS250? Who will be riding it in the Moto3 series? To find out, stay tuned and you will soon know!