With Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda winning the MotoGP 2019 Shark Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans, Honda now has 300 victories at the top level of two-wheeled motorsport under its belt. With this weekend’s win, beating off a strong challenge by the Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, Marquez now has 47 MotoGP wins with 3 first places this season after five races.

Honda won its first World Motorcycle Championship race back in 1966 at Hockenheim, Germany, with Jim Redman riding the RC181. This was followed by racing legend Mike Hailwood a few races later with a win in Brno in the then Czechoslovakia, today known as the Czech Republic.

After decade languishing in the doldrums, Honda, through racing arm Honda Racing Corporation or HRC, mounted the podium with “Fast” Freddie Spencer riding the NS500 with a win at Spa-Francorchamps in 1982. That year also saw the first win by a Japanese rider in the 500 cc world championship, Takazumi Katayama winning the Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstop.

In 1985, Spencer performed his feat of winning the 250 and 500 classes in one year, using the NSR500 for the premier championship. The NSR500 would go on to collect a total of 132 race wins with riders Mick Doohan, Wayne Gardner, Alex Criville and Eddie Lawson.

In the Honda stable, Mick Doohan found the most success with Honda race motorcycles with 54 top podium places, followed by Marquez with 47. Valentino Rossi won 33 races with HRC, while Dani Pedrosa, who retired from the Honda team last year, won 31 and Spencer, 20.