• Decades of dominance


  • Decades of dominance


  • Decades of dominance


Our name on the line

Reputations are forged on the racetrack. But our racing history began with a pen, back in 1954. A letter from our founder, Soichiro Honda, shared his dream of winning the toughest, most prestigious bike race in the world – the Isle of Man TT – with a bike bearing his name. He asked his employees to give everything they could to make it happen.

A statement of intent

“Let us bring together the full strength of Honda Motor Co.,” the letter implored.

It was the first time a Japanese bike would enter the TT – but not the last time we’d challenge the norm. For decades now, we’ve followed the letter’s instructions – pushing ourselves ever harder to conquer motorcycling’s fiercest arena.

Photo from the first MotoGP that Honda entered a bike.

We dedicate our victories to you

MotoGP racer celebrating a Honda win with crew.

We don’t race for the thrill of it. And it’s not for the glory.

The knowledge we gain on the track shapes the technology you’ll find on our Super Sport motorcycles (actually, all our motorcycles). So when you ride a Honda, you feel like a champion.

Honda motorcycle MotoGP racer with helmet.

New ideas bring uncommon results

The NSR500 brought unconventional ignition technology to the track in 1992, with its ‘Big Bang’ engine powering what would become the dominant bike of the 1990s. 

Side facing Honda NSR500.

Vital statistics

The NSR500's supremacy was a reminder of engineering's importance to race success. Combined with gifted riders, it was unstoppable.

  • 22 logo.

    Consecutive victories

  • 15 logo.

    Wins in one season

  • 14 logo.

    Constructor’s titles

Raising the bar

Only one bike could beat the NSR500 – and we made it.

When the World GP became MotoGP in 2002, we introduced the Honda RC211V. It stormed to the front on its debut season, winning both the rider’s and constructor’s championship. And it comfortably outpaced the NSR500, which was still raced by other teams. No regrets from us – then as now, we were focused on the future. 

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