The Lineage of Honda’s Grand Prix Motorcycles

11/18/2013 @ 6:37 am, by Jensen Beeler28 COMMENTS

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For the past twenty years or so, there is one manufacturer who has been above all others in the premier class of grand prix motorcycle racing, and that manufacturer is Honda.

Winning 12 of the last 20 World Championship titles, Honda’s recent domination in 500GP and MotoGP has been a sea change for the series, and the company’s winning total in this modern era of four-stroke and two-stroke machines is double the next nearest OEM, Yamaha (MV Agusta still holds the outright record, with 18 championships from the 1956-1974 period of four-stroke racing).

Part of Honda’s success has been the fact that the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer has been able to attract some of the best riders ever to come to a Grand Prix race’s starting line, champions like Mick Doohan (1994-1998), Àlex Crivillé (1999), Valentino Rossi (2001-2003), Nicky Hayden (2006), Casey Stoner (2011), and now Marc Marquez (2013).

But also part of the equation has been the superb equipment that HRC, Honda’s racing department, produces for its riders, bike likes the Honda NSR500, RC211v, RC212V, and RC213V, which have widely been regarded as the best machines on the grid in each of their respective eras.

Looking down the pipe, as MotoGP adopts new rules and regulations, the RC213V and RCV1000R appear set to dominate their respective classes as the factory machines will be reduced to 20 liters of fuel for next year, and the open class machines are forced to use both the Dorna-supplied ECU hardware and software.

It would appear that Honda has a firm grasp on the next few years of MotoGP racing, and as a bit of an homage to this company’s fantastic two-wheeled craftsmanship, along with the racers who rode them, we give you wallpaper-sized photos of Honda’s Grand Prix motorcycles, from the 1995 to 2013 seasons.

1995 Honda NSR500 for Mick Doohan (Championship Winner):
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1996 Honda NSR500 for Mick Doohan (Championship Winner):
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1997 Honda NSR500 for Mick Doohan (Championship Winner):
1997-Honda-NSR500-Mick-Doohan

1998 Honda NSR500 for Mick Doohan (Championship Winner):
1998-Honda-NSR500-Mick-Doohan

1999 Honda NSR500 for Mick Doohan:
1999-Honda-NSR500-Mick-Doohan

2000 Honda NSR500 for Àlex Crivillé:
2000-Honda-NSR500-Alex-Criville

2001 Honda NSR500 for Àlex Crivillé:
2001-Honda-NSR500-Alex-Criville

2002 Honda RC211V for Valentino Rossi (Championship Winner):
2002-Honda-RC211V-Valentino-Rossi

2003 Honda RC211V for Valentino Rossi (Championship Winner):
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2004 Honda RC211V for Alex Barros:
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2005 Honda RC211V for Max Biaggi:
2005-Honda-RC211V-Max-Biaggi

2005 Honda RC211V for Nicky Hayden:
2005-Honda-RC211V-Nicky-Hayden

2006 Honda RC211V for Dani Pedrosa:
2006-Honda-RC211V-Dani-Pedrosa

2006 Honda RC211V for Nicky Hayden (Championship Winner):
2006-Honda-RC211V-Nicky-Haydden

2007 Honda RC212V for Nicky Hayden:
2007-Honda-RC212V-Nicky-Hayden

2008 Honda RC212V for Dani Pedrosa:
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2009 Honda RC212V for Dani Pedrosa:
2009-Honda-RC212V-Dani-Pedrosa

2010 Honda RC212V for Dani Pedrosa:
2010-Honda-RC212V-Dani-Pedrosa

2011 Honda RC212V for Casey Stoner (Championship Winner):
2011-Honda-RC212V-Casey-Stoner

2012 Honda RC212V for Casey Stoner:
2012-Honda-RC212V-Casey-Stoner

2013 Honda RC213V for Marc Marquez (Championship Winner):
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Photos: Honda