Honda has revealed it will run two additional riders during the forthcoming Japanese MotoGP at Motegi, raising the number of RC212Vs on the grid from six to eight.
The new bikes will be for experienced Honda test riders Shinichi Ito and Kosuke Akiyoshi. Ito will be a wild-card entry in a HRC Team while Akiyoshi will ride alongside Toni Elias at LCR.
Ito was a full time 500cc rider from 1993-1996, claiming six podiums, while Akiyoshi has made seven wild-card MotoGP starts since 2006. Ito's most recent start was in 2007, while Akiyoshi rode as a substitute in this year's Assen round.
The two new entries means there will be three home riders in the MotoGP class at Motegi, with Gresini Honda's Hiroshi Aoyama the only full-time rider from Japan.
HRC hopes that the move will "bring courage and show support for the East Japan area", which is recovering from the earthquake and tsunami earlier this year.
First practice for the Japanese MotoGP takes place on September 30.