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With one race left in this year’s World Championship Honda have a chance to seal the Constructor’s World title in Moto3™ at the final round at Valencia.
The Japanese factory have worked hard for a return to prominence in the lightweight class this year, with three of the top four riders in the Moto3 standings – Alex Marquez, Alex Rins and Efren Vazquez – all riding Honda machines.
Approaching the final round of the season Honda have 368 points in the Moto3 Constructor’s World Championship standings, nine more than closest rival KTM.
If they can get the required points to seal the championship, it would be Honda’s 16th Constructor’s title in the lightweight class of Grand Prix racing and their first Constructor’s title in the class since 2001. The next most successful constructor is Aprilia with 10 titles.
The first Constructor’s title in the lightweight class for Honda was in 1961, which was the only time that an Australian rider has won the lightweight class Rider’s World title – Tom Phillis. This year, meanwhile, KTM-equipped rider Jack Miller is attempting to become the first Australian lightweight class World Champion since Phillis.
Honda’s very first GP win, in any class, was in the 125cc class – at the 1961 Spanish GP at Montjuich Park in Barcelona, with Tom Phillis riding.
Earlier this year Alex Marquez’s win in Catalunya ended a record sequence of 27 successive wins for KTM. Marquez’s Estrella Galicia 0,0 team switched from KTM to Honda machinery for the start of the current campaign.
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