|Honda celebrates the “double forty” at Goodwood|
|Success on two wheels …
Honda’s motor sport history is as old as the company itself, for as long ago as 1923 the then 17-year old Soichiro Honda was involved in the development of a Curtiss-engined racing car – which he co-drove to victory in the machine’s first race, at Fifth Japan Automobile Competition. After that, Soichiro would never lose his enthusiasm for motor sport. It was in 1954 that Honda first announced its intention to compete in the Isle of Man TT race – and five years later a team of five riders arrived on the island with 125cc RC141 and RC142 four-stroke twins. Although the Honda riders were outpaced, they did manage to finish sixth, seventh, eighth and tenth, earning the team the Constructors’ Prize.
Since then, the company has established a proud record of achievement in many different motorcycle events – and achieved its 500 th motorcycle GP victory as long ago as 2001. The driving force for this success has been Honda's determination, as evidenced by its technology and products, to meet and conquer every challenge.
Today, Honda Racing Corporation is a team of specialists bonded by their dedication to motorcycle sports. The company combines participation in motorcycle races throughout the world with the development of high potential racing machines. Its racing activities are an important source for the creation of leading edge technologies used in the development of Honda motorcycles.
The UK is an important market for Honda Racing. Honda UK has supported and enjoyed success in leading motor sport championships for many years. Honda Racing is now the official team name for its entry in the British Superbike and Supersport championships, the British and World Motocross Championships, British Supermoto Championship and its own Honda Formula 4-Stroke Offshore Powerboat series. No other manufacturer has promoted such a diverse product range so efficiently and enjoyed the success that Honda Racing has achieved over the past 40 years.
Honda Racing also makes a positive contribution to the advancement of motorcycle sports through a range of activities that includes sales of production racing motorcycles, support for satellite teams and rider education programmes.