Since the beginning of 2021, all eyes in the motorcycle sporting world have been on the historic handshake between Honda Racing Thailand and Carabao Dang which launched the Race to the Dream project. Carabao Dang has proved to be a highly successful global Thai brand with its famous energy drinks being present in more than 50 countries across Asia, Europe, the United States and Africa. Its water buffalo skull on a bright red circle logo is an identity to be reckoned with for world-class beverages. Its sponsorship of the English Football League (EFL) through the sponsored name, the Carabao Cup, has given the Thai brand and ‘The Fighting Spirit’ a global exposure, something that Thai people can be proud of.
Now, a new chapter in the company’s history is being made with Carabao Dang joining forces with Honda Racing Thailand in the Race to the Dream — turning the dreams of young motorbike racers hoping to win on the world’s circuits into reality. The collaboration has seen young Thai riders contesting in the MotoGP World Championship events.
Making a name for Thailand are racers like Somkiat “Gong” Chantra who is competing in the Moto2 class with the race number 35 and has chalked up a total of 37 points. Somkiat is due to take part in the next MotoGP event, the Portimao Grand Prix, scheduled for 5-7 November at the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal. Another aspiring young Thai racer, Thatchakorn “Kong” Buasri, powered his No.33 bike to 17th place at FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship 2021, held at the Misano racetrack on 18 September.
The rising star is due to contest in another two races on 20-21 November at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. On the local front, Carabao Dang has teamed up with Honda Racing Thailand in the OR BRIC Superbike 2021 competition by putting three leading Thai racers on the circuit. The team is led by Muklada “Muk” Saraphut, a robust female rider competing with the race number 44. She is joined by teammates Sittisak “Dream” Onchawieng, number 45, and Passawich “Champ” Thitiwararak, number 123. The team has competed in the Supersport 600cc class riding the Honda CBR 600RR. At the third race of OR BRIC Superbike 2021, held on 16-17 October, the lady racer created a great sensation by beating male riders to win the second place. That triumph has helped her to maintain second position on the championship table with a total of 56 points. She was followed by teammate Passawich in third position with a total of 47 points, while Sittisak, who took to the podium for the first time this year after taking third prize, ranked fifth with a total of 40 points.
The trio have taken the team to the podium twice in three consecutive races which puts them in the leading position in the Supersport 600 cc. class. They are in a good position to win the annual championship in the last two races of the, scheduled for 11-12 December.
In conjunction with the Race to the Dream project, the Honda Thailand Talent Cup contest is held to form part of the OR BRIC Superbike 2021. This serves as the first entry or precursor to carry the dreams of Thai youths into world-class racing in the MotoGP competition, following in the footsteps of seniors such as Somkiat and Thatchakon. It is considered to be a very OR BRIC Superbike 2021 interesting development in both the local and worldwide motorsport scene.
Let’s follow and encourage this great collaboration between two very big but different industries — Carabao Dang and Thailand’s No. 1 motorbike racing team Honda Racing Thailand — in the Race to the Dream project. Speed lovers can get updates on young Thai racers making their dreams come true with the driving force of Carabao Dang at: www.carabao.co.th
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