Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) travels to Le Mans this week as Honda’s top rider in the 2021 Moto3 World Championship. The 25-year-old Italian has scored one podium and two fourth places at the last three races to lift himself to third in the points standings.
Migno is enjoying his first season on an NSF250RW, taking forward steps at every race as he learns how to get more and more out of the bike. He goes well at Le Mans – three years ago he finished second at the French track, just 0.160 seconds behind the race winner.
Next rider on a Honda is Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW), who holds sixth overall after unlucky races in Portugal and Spain. Last time out at Jerez the 23-year-old South African was taken out by another rider at the last corner while in top-three contention. This Sunday Binder – who started 2021 with a second and a third in the opening races in Qatar – is determined to return to the podium.
Also anxious to get back to riding are 24-year-old Argentinian Gabriel Rodrigo (Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW), who crashed out of the lead at Jerez, and 19-year-old Spaniard Jeremy Alcoba (Indonesian Racing Team Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW), who took his first podium of 2021 at Jerez, where he took the chequered flag just half a second behind the race winner.
Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) aims to continue his strong upward progression this weekend. The 18-year-old from Setagaya is contesting his second World Championship season and is showing improved speed and confidence, with two points scoring rides from the last three races.
Kunii has made excellent progress adapting his working methods during race weekends and also working on himself, improving his focus and calmness at the moments of highest stress: during the all-important 15-minute qualifying sessions and the crucial first laps of the race.
Meanwhile team-mate Andi Farid Izdihar (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) continues his re-adaption to the Moto3 class after contesting last year’s Moto2 World Championship. The 23-year-old Indonesian is definitely making progress, finishing the last two races inside the top 20 for the first time. Over the next few events he will keep working on his riding technique to make even better use of his NSF250RW and get into the points.
This weekend Honda Team Asia Honda welcomes a new rider to its Moto3 line-up, with impressive teenager Takuma Matsuyama contesting the French GP as a wildcard rider, wearing Asia Talent Team livery.
Matsuyama’s progress into this event underlines the importance of the various Honda-backed initiatives – the Asia Talent Cup, the Asia Talent Team and the Honda Team Asia GP squad – to help Asian riders make it to the top of the sport.
The 16-year-old from Chiba is currently riding the crest of the wave and arrives at Le Mans fresh from his first Moto3 Junior World Championship podium at Valencia last weekend. In 2019 Matsuyama was runner-up in the Asia Talent Cup and last year contested the Moto3 Junior World Championship for the first time.