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Honda claim constructors' title for fifteenth time

Honda claim constructors' title for fifteenth time

Honda claim constructors' title for fifteenth time

Honda this weekend sealed the Constructors' World Championship with a assertive display of their dominance in 2003 at the Cinzano Rio Grand Prix. The Japanese manufacturer only needed a single podium placing at the Brazilian race to guarantee their fifteenth title but actually took all three thanks to Valentino Rossi, Sete Gibernau and Makoto Tamada – as well as completing the top five places with Max Biaggi and Nicky Hayden.

With 295 points from twelve races, five short of the maximum 300 thanks to Loris Capirossi and Ducati's victory at Catalunya, the Japanese factory now have an insurmountable lead of 124 points over the Italians. Yamaha could still snatch second place from Ducati, however, and lie 39 points behind with four rounds remaining.

It is Honda's third consecutive title and their ninth from the last ten years. The only time they have been beaten in the last decade was in the 2000 season, although surprisingly it was not by World Champion Kenny Roberts and Suzuki but by Yamaha – thanks to victories by Garry McCoy, Norick Abe and Max Biaggi. Honda will next season have the opportunity to equal the current record of 16 constructors' titles, held by MV Agusta.

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MotoGP, 2003

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