On August 9, Mark Marquez claimed his second Grand Prix victory at the 10th FIM Road Racing World Championship Indianapolis GP in the MotoGP class and Honda reached an unprecedented total of 700 wins.
In 1954, Honda announced that it would race at the Isle of Man TT Race, then the world’s premiere championship. Honda then took five years to develop its machines and raced again in 1959, becoming the first Japanese maker to take home a victory. In 1960, it began racing in the FIM Road Racing World Championship series in the 125cc and 250cc classes. Tom Phillis then gave Honda its first win at the opening race of the 1961 Spain Grand Prix.
After this, Honda widened its scope and began racing in the 350cc class (1962), 50cc class (1962), and 500cc class (1966), and eventually took home first prize in all five classes in 1966. In 1967, Honda set a new record with a total of 138 victories and then from 1968 it retired from GP racing.
Honda made a comeback in 1979 in the 500cc class of the FIM GP series. Three years later, in 1982, it got its first comeback victory at the 7th Belgium GP with American Freddie Spenser. Honda began racing again and racking up victories in the 125cc and 250cc class, and Italian Valentino Rossi won at the opening race of the Japan GP 500cc class, bringing Honda’s wins up to a total of 500. At the opening race of the 15th Australia GP 250cc class in 2005, Spanish racer Danny Pedrosa brought the total to 600.
With his third pole-to-win this season, Marquez has brought the grand total to 700 victories in the 61 years since Soichiro Honda’s announcement at the 1954 Isle of Man TT Race.
(Translated by Greg Scott)