American Honda announced today that it will withdraw Team Honda from participation in the 2009 AMA Roadracing Series. This was an extremely difficult decision to make as the racing spirit reaches to the very core of Honda.
The primary factor contributing to this decision is the current global
economic situation and its impact on Honda. Although Team Honda will not be
in attendance, Honda will continue to be represented in AMA Roadracing
through our ongoing support of both the Erion Honda Racing and Corona Honda
Entering the second year of our partnership with Red Bull Energy Drink, the
Honda Red Bull Racing team will return for the 2009 Supercross and National
Motocross season with a full roster of factory riders.
American Honda's factory and support teams have earned more than 100
national titles in U.S. Road Racing, ATV, Supermoto, Supercross, Motocross
and off-road competition, and we would like to extend our deepest thanks to
all the sponsors, supporters and fans of our racing efforts over the years.
We ask that you continue to support the Honda Red Bull Racing team, the
Erion Honda Racing team and the Corona Honda Racing team along with all the
other Honda Red Riders as they chase the championships and battle for each
While it is unfortunate that the current economic conditions led us to
take this action, rest assured that Honda¹s deep-seated passion for
racing has not been, and will never be, diminished.