When Moto2 replaced the former 250cc two-stroke class in 2010, Honda’s CBR 600cc engine was designated as the spec engine.
With a spec engine, the class was designed to drive chassis development and rider evolution to prep youngsters for the premier-MotoGP class.
This Honda/Moto2 partnership was inked through 2015. This week, Honda Motor Corporation, in collaboration with the Spanish company ExternPro, reported it has extended this partnership, and will remain as the official Moto2 engine supplier through 2018.
ExternPro – part of the Parque Tecnólogico de MotorLand Aragon – began prepping the engines in 2013, preparing them for “competition, ensuring reliability and taking care of enigne maintenance.”
Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta says “Moto2 has been a success from the start, and just continues to get better! Honda has been our sole engine supplier since the inaugural race in 2010 and I am extremely pleased that we will continue to use its machinery for the next three years.
“The Honda engine has not only proved an exciting addition to the paddock, but has also been a technically very reliable asset, which is extremely important in motorsports. I would also like to welcome ExternPro on board, who have so far done a very good job during pre-season testing, and will no doubt continue to do so throughout the next three seasons.”
Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice-President adds “The Moto2 category continues to advance and prepare riders for the premier class and Honda are very happy to support this class for a further 3 years. Together with ExternPro and Dorna we will continue to work hard to provide the best equipment for this class.”