Honda Racing celebrates the NSR 500, and 50 years of dominance…

Honda NSR 500 - Courtesy of Honda

If you are a fan of Motorcycle Racing, you know that this season of MotoGP will, yet again, see a change in rules and engine size. Gone are the 800cc bikes in favor of the new 1000cc liter bikes, which were proposed to level the playing field, and create more excitement in the field…

This year marks Honda Racing celebrating it’s 50 years in Motorcycle Racing, along with an impressive resume of achievements by it’s riders.

Since 2002, 4-stroke engines have been the rule, ushering out the age of the 2-stroke, an era which was dominated by a single design, the Honda NSR 500.  From 1984-2001, this Honda concept broke rules, tradition, and elevated it’s riders to the top of the podium.

The following video documents the NSR 500, and it’s history.  Of particular interest is the footage showing Mick Doohan, who won straight championships on the NSR from 1994-1998.  On his Repsol Honda, Mick looks eerily like Casey Stoner, who so thoroughly dominated the field last season, that it looks like he could recap Doohan’s streak…

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