Marquez makes it a magic 300 for Honda

A cold French Grand Prix saw Marc Marquez take a faultless victory to extend his lead in the MotoGP World Championship. The win is Honda’s 300th victory in the premier class, the first manufacturer to achieve such success in the premier class.

MotoGP Rnd LeMans Marquez Flag
Marquez dominated the #FrenchGP

The closest rival to Honda in the premier class of Grand Prix racing is Yamaha with 227 wins, followed by MV Agusta (139), Suzuki (92) and Ducati (47).

Jim Redman and the Honda RC181 achieved Honda’s first win in the premier class back in 1966 at Hockenheim with Mike Hailwood becoming the second winner a few races later in Brno.

Honda RC181

Freddie Spencer returned Honda to the top step of the podium in the 500cc class in 1982 at Spa-Franchoramps on the NS500.

MotoGP Freddie Spencer
Freddie Spencer

Takazumi Katayama would become the first Japanese rider to win in the 500cc class for Honda the same year.

Mick Doohan

1984 marked the debut of the NSR500 – the legendary 500cc machine taking a total of 132 wins and saw the likes of Mick Doohan, Wayne Gardner, Alex Criville and Eddie Lawson claim the premier class title and seven Constructors World Championships.

Alex Criville

The debut of the four-stroke era saw Honda achieve immediate success with the RC211V, winning the first race at the 2002 Japanese GP.

MotoGP 500cc World Championship 2001 - Round One - Suzuka - Valentino Rossi
MotoGP 500cc World Championship 2001 – Round One – Suzuka – Honda NSR500 – Valentino Rossi

The RC211V, RC212V and RC213V have seen Honda take 144 wins in the four-stroke era, including Marquez’s win at the French GP.

Jorge Lorenzo chases Casey Stoner at Jerez in 2012
Jorge Lorenzo chases Casey Stoner at Jerez in 2012

Mick Doohan is the most successful Honda rider in the premier class of Grand Prix racing with 54 wins, ahead of Marc Marquez with 47 wins. Valentino Rossi is third with 33 victories, ahead of Dani Pedrosa with 31 and Freddie Spencer with 20.

Dani Pedrosa MotoGP Donington Win
Dani Pedrosa – Donington 2006

Freddie Spencer, Randy Mamola, Max Biaggi, Alex Barros, Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner have won with at least two different Honda bikes in the premier class. Among them, Pedrosa is the only rider who has won with three different bikes in
the class.

Mick’s Honda NSR500 undergoing work in the pits
Mick Doohan’s Honda NSR500 undergoing work in the pits at Eastern Creek in 1991 – Image by Phil Aynsley

The list of wins by Honda bikes in the premier class is as follows: NSR500 (132 wins), RC213V (71), RC211V (48), RC212V (24), NS500 (14), RC181 (10).

Marc Marquez NSR
Marc Marquez admires Doohan’s championship winning NSR500
HOnda Premire CLass Wins

Total Premier Class Grand Prix Wins on Honda
PosRiderRider Wins
1Mick Doohan54
2Marc Marquez47
3Valentino Rossi33
4Dani Pedrosa31
5Freddie Spencer20
6Wayne Gardner18
7Alex Criville15
8Casey Stoner15
9Mike Hailwood8
10Sete Gibernau8
11Alex Barros6
13Max Biaggi5
14Marco Melandri5
15Randy Mamola4
16Eddie Lawson4
17Tadayuki Okada4
18Nicky Hayden3
19Cal Crutchlow3
20im Redman2
21Luca Cadalora2
22Carlos Checa2
23Makoto Tamada2
24Takazumi Katayama1
25Pierfrancesco Chili1
26Daryl Beattie1
27Alberto Puig1
28Loris Capirossi1
29Tohru Ukawa1
30Toni Elias1
31Andrea Dovizioso1
32Jack Miller1

Honda RC 181

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