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Every Grand Prix victory means joy to Honda but some mean more joy than others!
These six wins were extra special for all kinds of reasons...


 

 

125 Spanish GP, Montjuich

The start of something very big. Tom Phillis won Honda’s very first GP in the Barcelona sunshine, around the lethal street circuit of Montjuich Park. Riding a 1961-spec RC143 twin, Phillis won the race after overtaking Mike Hailwood’s EMC two-stroke.
He beat runner-up Ernst Degner’s MZ by more than 20 seconds.


 

 

Isle of Man Senior TT

This was Honda’s first big-bike win at the notorious Isle of Man TT, back then the world’s most important bike race. Flat out in pursuit of a 250 / 350 / 500 title triple, ‘Mike the Bike’ beat Giacomo Agostini’s MV by more than two minutes. But the fearsome 500 four wasn’t an easy beast to master, Hailwood enduring a ‘million hairy slides’ during the race.


 

 

Swedish 500 GP, Anderstorp

Freddie Spencer was an eloquent man and an eloquent motorcycle racer but this victory over King Kenny Roberts proved that he could also bare-knuckle fight. The pair were side by side throughout, Spencer diving past on the brakes during the final lap, Roberts running out of road to lose the race. The win put one hand on Honda’s first 500 title.


 

 

French 500 GP, Le Mans

Californian Eddie Lawson began to think he could win the 1989 500 world title after beating arch-rivals Kevin Schwantz and Wayne Rainey in the French summer heat. Battling through the backmarkers, the trio of Americans raced away from the rest of the pack, Lawson resisting a typically determined final-turn attack from Schwantz.


 

 

San Marino 500 GP, Mugello

Mick Doohan’s GP career was almost ended by a nasty injury sustained at Assen in 1992. A year later, still limping badly, he was back to his winning ways at Mugello. But not before he had been flicked off the side of his NSR at 190kmh halfway through the race. Somehow he managed to regain control to hunt down and beat Kevin Schwantz.


 

 

Australian MotoGP, Phillip Island

This was arguably Valentino Rossi’s most impressive GP win, aboard a Repsol Honda RC211V. He beat Loris Capirossi’s Ducati by five seconds despite having a ten-second penalty imposed on him for overtaking under yellow flags. Then he announced: “This was maybe the first time I race a complete race at 100 per cent.”
 
 

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