Asama Hill Climb is a popular event started in 2012 in Komoro City, Nagano, where visitors enjoy a city parade as well as demonstration performances of automobiles and motorcycles. As the third year of the event, thanks to the cooperation of parties related to this event, the public road was closed during the hill climb performance, and that made the racing machine performances possible, which can generally be seen only at circuits.
From Honda, the RC213V for FIM Road Racing World Championship Moto GP class joined this event, and performed an exhibition ride. The rider on the machine was Takumi Takahashi, who is now on the top of the ranking for the All Japan Road Race Championship this season.
A test riding with the CBR1000RR was scheduled on Friday, June 13, the day before the event, but, due to the bad weather with hail, Takahashi had no choice but to rehearse with an automobile. He first rode the bike on the course just on the day of the event.
On Saturday, June 14, the exhibition ride for the event was held twice. A cheer went up from the large audience for the RC213V riding on the public road, which you can not see anywhere else.
- Comment from Takumi Takahashi
- “I usually ride at circuits but I have never had an opportunity to ride on a hill. I ride on the RC213V as a test driver but I have never imagined that my first ride on a hill would be on the RC213V. I am happy that the audience enjoyed Honda’s powerful V4 sound surround on the hill.”
Words and text from Offcial Honda Release.