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Honda’s first lightweight 1-2 since 2005

Honda’s first lightweight 1-2 since 2005

At Assen on Saturday, Honda celebrated a one-two finish in the lightweight class as a chassis-engine combination: its first since the 125 Australian Grand Prix of 2005.

In recent times, the Moto3™ class has been dominated by Austrian manufacturer KTM which (as a chassis-engine combination) won the last four Grands Prix of 2012, every single race in 2013 and the first six of this year – 27 in total.

However, courtesy of Emilio Alzamora’s Estrella Galicia 0,0 team and rider Alex Marquez, Japan’s Honda has now won back-to-back with its new bike. Not only that, but Alex Rins’ second place in Holland sealed a one-two result for Honda.

Prior to the success in The Netherlands, the last Honda-powered one-two finish was that of Maverick Viñales and Romano Fenati, who finished first and second in the 2012 Italian Moto3™ race at Mugello. However, on that occasion the riders were at the helm of FTR-Honda machinery and not full Honda entries.

In fact, for the last all-Honda one-two as frame and engine supplier, one has to look as far back as 2005 and Phillip Island, as Switzerland’s Tom Luthi and Japan’s Tomoyoshi Koyama finished one-two in the Australian 125 Grand Prix.

All of the Grands Prix mentioned can be reviewed in full through the links below.

Moto3, 2014, Alex Rins, Alex Marquez, Estrella Galicia 0,0

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