American Honda announced details of its 2018 Red Rider Rewards program, which makes funds available to Honda racers based on their results in supported amateur and professional racing series. The package continues to evolve to provide support to riders in a variety of series across the country. Among the supported disciplines are off-road; amateur and professional motocross, Supercross, and Arenacross; road racing and flat track. A number of adjustments have been made to direct funds to the racers who can most use them, for example paying deeper into the fields in several series.
While the 2018 Red Rider Rewards package currently offers a total of $5,395,160, it will grow in the coming months as additional racing promoters and organizers announce their 2018 schedules, particularly in club road racing and amateur motocross.
Recently posted 2018 Red Rider Rewards Program supported series include:
- NEPG (National Enduro)
- NHHA (Hare & Hound)
- District 37 Big6
- American Flat Track
- Amateur National Motocross
- Amateur Arenacross
- AMA Supercross
- Amateur Supercross
- AMA Pro Motocross
- Various regional racing series
"Given the success of Honda CRF, CBR, and Montesa Cota models on salesroom floors and in media shootouts, we're excited to increase our contingency offerings for Red Riders in 2018," said Brandon Wilson, American Honda Motorcycle Sports assistant manager. "Nationwide, Honda models are recognized as the machines of choice among privateer racers, and we're rewarding the grassroots racing community by adjusting the contingency accordingly in many series, growing the total amount of contingency funds available, and allotting increased payouts to those who need them most. With these enhancements, plus the improvements made to many new Honda models, we expect to see a lot of red on starting lines and podiums in 2018."
In the same announcement, Honda revealed that it has expanded their Red Rider Support program to include the newly announced Amateur Arenacross championship. Organized in partnership with Honda's Arenacross team, this program will see TiLube Honda providing amateurs with access to parts and service at each stop of the Arenacross tour. As usual, the Red Rider Support program will also provide trackside support at other amateur national motocross events, with details still to be finalized.