Honda's departure from F1 was due, as explained at the time, to the needs of seeking innovations in the section of energy units, seeking that they
Honda’s departure from F1 was due, as explained at the time, to the needs of seeking innovations in the section of energy units, seeking that they were carbon-free and working to achieve carbon neutrality in its activities. In other words, Honda’s strategy is to ensure that its activity does not emit more CO2 into the atmosphere than it can capture. This type of strategy will be the dominant trend in the coming decades and, as we have seen, there are already companies working to obtain fuels that collect more carbon in their manufacture than they emit when burned. For Honda the objective is even more important, since it is the manufacturer that produces the most engines in the world (cars, motorcycles, airplanes, lawnmowers, generators, etc.), with more than 25 million thrusters manufactured annually.
The point is that the motorcycle division of Honda has not yet ruled on the street bikes or, either, on the plans for HRC. As we know, motorcycles usually pollute less than cars, but they still have their carbon footprint. That is why we wonder if in the coming years we will see one of the pillars of the Motorcycle World Championship rethink its priorities, something that does not sound far-fetched. Through Mugen, Honda has already worked on its own electric competition motorcycles and has even won on the Isle of Man, but racing and the carbon footprint goes much further than what we see on the track. At the end of the day, the consumption of a motorcycle on the circuit for three days is anecdotal if we take into account everything that is necessary for that motorcycle to roll.
Every weekend more than 2,000 people have to arrive with thousands of tons of materials to different circuits of the world. They must be transported, fed, housed, maintain optimal temperature conditions … and then we find all the energy consumption of the rest of the elements of the competition during the weekend and its creation. In short, if we understand the reduction of the carbon footprint as a real conviction and not as a pantomime to look good to a society that demands greater respect for the environment, all leads us to think that the world of competition must be completely rethought and not only if the engine is electric, combustion or of any other type. That yes, luckily, we know Surely we can enjoy HRC in MotoGP at least until 2026 thanks to the agreement signed with Dorna last winter.