May 28, 2024

Honda has been closely associated with MotoGP success for many years.

The Japanese manufacturer’s first world championship came in 1983, when Freddie Spencer won by just two points over “King” Kenny Roberts and Yamaha. Honda has won precisely half of the world championships in MotoGP over the last 40 seasons.

Of course, there have been dry spells during that time. Between the early 1990s and the late 2000s, there was a five-year interval between titles.

However, there were also times when dominance was total and unchallenged. From 1994 to 1998 Mick Doohan won five titles in a row. Teammate Alex Criville made it six in a row for the factory after his career abruptly ended early in the 1999 season.

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