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Honda take 600th GP win

Honda take 600th GP win

Honda take 600th GP win

Honda, Grand Prix racing's most successful manufacturer ever, reached the 600 victories mark today at Phillip Island thanks to wins by Dani Pedrosa and Thomas Lüthi in the 250cc and 125cc classes respectively.

The Japanese manufacturer has now won 194 races in the premier class, 196 in the quarter litre class and 162 in 125cc category, and also took 35 and 13 wins in the now defunct 350cc and 80cc/50cc classes.

Takeo Fukui, Honda Motor Co. President & CEO, commented: "This is a fantastic milestone for Honda in Grand Prix racing and something which all racing fans and Honda customers are a part of. To reach 600 wins in Grand Prix racing serves as a testament to so many Honda riders, a wide variety of Honda racing machines, hundreds of Honda engineers and everyone in the last 50 years who has contributed towards making this possible."

Honda Racing Corporation's President Suguru Kanazawa (bottom picture) added: "This is a very proud moment for Honda and for the Honda Racing Corporation. Achieving this record of 600 Grand Prix victories emphasises the commitment from Honda to continue its research and development in the most hotly-contested environment of world championship competition. This same approach and desire brought Honda the very first GP win in 1961 and it has brought the 600th win today, 45 years later." Milestones:
1st GP win - Tom Phillis, 125cc RC143 – Spain, Montjuich – 1961
100th - Luigi Taveri, 50cc RC116 - Dutch TT, Assen - 1966
200th - Jim Filice, 250cc NSR250 – USA, Laguna Seca - 1988
300th - Alex Criville, 500cc NSR500 - Dutch TT, Assen - 1992
400th - Haruchika Aoki, 125cc RS125R – Brazil, Jacarepagua - 1996
500th - Valentino Rossi, 500cc NSR500 – Japan, Suzuka - 2001
600th - Daniel Pedrosa, 250cc RS250RW – Australia, Phillip Island - 2005


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