For the 2017 season, the Honda 150 European Championship joins forces with, Netherlands-based, HGS exhaust systems.

The 30 selected riders for the 2017 season were able to familiarise themselves with their identical Honda CRF150R machines, fitted with HGS exhaust systems, at the lovemytraining pre-season training camp in Boves, Italy (28-30 April). This was also the first chance that the 11-14 year olds were able to size up their opposition for the year.

Henri Gorthuis, who utilised knowledge gained through his experience working as a Grand Prix mechanic to create his exhaust systems, formed HGS in 1988. Now, HGS supplies all Honda Europe MXGP, MX2 and EMX250 teams; allowing the ‘talent of tomorrow’ to have another slice of factory support on their CRF150R machines.

The Honda 150 European Championship, as the youth support series to MXGP, will be present at five grand prix rounds in 2017: Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Sweden and The Netherlands.

The riders will now be looking forward to the first round of the season at Teutschenthal, Germany (20-21 May).

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Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

New for the 2017 Championship, all the Honda CRF150 race bikes will be fitted with a bolt-on performance exhaust system from HGS. Just like all the Honda Europe MXGP, MX2, and EMX250 race bikes, the CRF150 will run with the benefits of the HGS partnership on track. Each of the 150 series riders can really get an insight into what it’s like to be factory supported directly from HGS. The boys all love to look factory, sound factory and live out their dream of being factory. I’m sure the attraction to rev will be even greater now, given how awesome the little 150 sounds with the HGS system delivering the tune.

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Honda 150 Championship joins forces with HGS exhaust systems

Henry Gorthuis

HGS Exhaust Systems

I feel the commitment from Honda to the EMX150 Youth class, which is run at selected MXGP events, is admirable. I am very happy to be supporting this series and look forward to seeing the young riders enjoying the big stage.