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Yamaha ‘despluma’ a Honda

The two Japanese manufacturers have been the most successful in MotoGP for decades. Between them they have won 35 of the last 39 championships in the highest category. Although Honda dominates the statistics with 21, in the last two years it has left empty, in one of its most delicate moments in the World Championship.

Yamaha , for its part, added this year the 14th in the queen class thanks to Fabio Quartararo. The young Frenchman broke a drought that dated back to 2015 with Jorge Lorenzo.

The good moment of the manufacturer of the fretboards extended to WorldSBK. Toprak Razgatlioglu dethroned Jonathan Rea and added the second championship for Iwata after Ben Spies in 2009. In addition, Dominique Aegerter took the WorldSSP title, where the mark is unbeaten since 2017.

In this way, Yamaha rounded off a historic hat-trick like in 2009. So, in addition to Spies in WorldSBK, Valentino Rossi won MotoGP and Cal Crutchlow did it in WorldSSP, something that no other manufacturer has achieved to date.

While Yamaha abandoned the small categories of the MotoGP World Championship in the 125cc and 250cc era, Honda – the manufacturer that sells the most motorcycles in the world – has continued to be present. There he has also accumulated a good handful of titles. In Moto3, without going any further, it has won half of the editions since its creation in 2012, although it has the last two in white.

For the second consecutive year, Honda did not add a speed world championship in 2021. The last titles of the brand in this specialty date back to 2019 with Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Moto3) and Marc Márquez (MotoGP). The injury of the ilerdense in 2020 exposed all the weaknesses of the RC213V .

The brand’s efforts in WorldSBK have also been in vain. In 2020 they signed Álvaro Bautista to lead the development of a new CBR1000RR-R that has ended up being a disappointment. The Spaniard has achieved three podiums in two years. Tired of waiting, he will return to Ducati next year.

In the series-derived motorcycle championship, the drought goes back even further than in MotoGP. Michael van der Mark won with them in 2014 in Supersport. The last of the top class was by James Toseland , in 2007.

For 2022 Honda reinvents itself in both championships. The RC213V seen in pre-season testing has been revamped from top to bottom. Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge will join the official WorldSBK team. Two years in white are a lot for the Tokyo brand.

Gallery: all the 500/MotoGP champions since 1974

1974 – Phil Read, M. V. Agusta

1974 - Phil Read, MV Agusta

1 / 49
Careers 10
victories 4
podiums 7
Poles 4
fast laps 1
Points 82

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1975 – Giacomo Agostini, Yamaha

1975 - Giacomo Agostini, Yamaha

2 / 49
Careers 10
victories 4
podiums 6
Poles two
fast laps 4
Points 84

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1976 – Barry Sheene, Suzuki

1976 - Barry Sheene, Suzuki

3 / 49
Careers 10
victories 5
podiums 6
Poles 4
fast laps 3
Points 72

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1977 – Barry Sheene, Suzuki

1977 - Barry Sheene, Suzuki

4 / 49
Careers 10
victories 6
podiums 7
Poles 7
fast laps 6
Points 107

Photo by: LAT Images

1978 – Kenny Roberts, Yamaha

1978 - Kenny Roberts, Yamaha

5 / 49
Careers eleven
victories 4
podiums 7
Poles two
fast laps 6
Points 110

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1979 – Kenny Roberts, Yamaha

1979 - Kenny Roberts, Yamaha

6 / 49
Careers 12
victories 5
podiums 7
Poles 5
fast laps 4
Points 113

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1980 – Kenny Roberts, Yamaha

1980 - Kenny Roberts, Yamaha

7 / 49
Careers 8
victories 3
podiums 6
Poles two
fast laps 4
Points 87

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1981 – Marco Lucchinelli, Suzuki

1981 - Marco Lucchinelli, Suzuki

8 / 49
Careers eleven
victories 5
podiums 6
Poles 7
fast laps 5
Points 105
1982 – Franco Uncini, Suzuki

1982 - Franco Uncini, Suzuki

9 / 49
Careers 12
victories 5
podiums 7
Poles 1
fast laps 1
Points 103

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1983 – Freddie Spencer, Honda

1983 - Freddie Spencer, Honda

10 / 49
Careers 12
victories 6
podiums 10
Poles 6
fast laps 3
Points 144

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1984 – Eddie Lawson, Yamaha

1984 - Eddie Lawson, Yamaha

11 / 49
Careers 12
victories 4
podiums 9
Poles two
fast laps 3
Points 142

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1985 – Freddie Spencer, Honda

1985 - Freddie Spencer, Honda

12 / 49
Careers 12
victories 7
podiums 10
Poles 10
fast laps 6
Points 141

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1986 – Eddie Lawson, Yamaha

1986 - Eddie Lawson, Yamaha

13 / 49
Careers eleven
victories 7
podiums 10
Poles 7
fast laps 6
Points 139

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1987 – Wayne Gardner, Honda

1987 - Wayne Gardner, Honda

14 / 49
Careers fifteen
victories 7
podiums eleven
Poles 10
fast laps 8
Points 178

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1988 – Eddie Lawson, Yamaha

1988 - Eddie Lawson, Yamaha

15 / 49
Careers fifteen
victories 7
podiums 12
Poles two
fast laps 5
Points 252

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1989 – Eddie Lawson, Honda

1989 - Eddie Lawson, Honda

16 / 49
Careers fifteen
victories 4
podiums 13
Poles 1
fast laps 3
Points 228

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1990 – Wayne Rainey, Yamaha

1990 - Wayne Rainey, Yamaha

17 / 49
Careers fifteen
victories 7
podiums 14
Poles 3
fast laps 6
Points 255

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1991 – Wayne Rainey, Yamaha

1991 - Wayne Rainey, Yamaha

18 / 49
Careers fifteen
victories 6
podiums 13
Poles 6
fast laps 8
Points 233

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1992 – Wayne Rainey, Yamaha

1992 - Wayne Rainey, Yamaha

19 / 49
Careers 13
victories 3
podiums 8
Poles 0
fast laps 3
Points 140

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1993 – Kevin Schwantz, Suzuki

1993 - Kevin Schwantz, Suzuki

20 / 49
Careers 14
victories 4
podiums eleven
Poles 6
fast laps two
Points 248

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1994 – Mick Doohan, Honda

1994 - Mick Doohan, Honda

21 / 49
Careers 14
victories 9
podiums 14
Poles 6
fast laps 7
Points 317

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1995 – Mick Doohan, Honda

1995 - Mick Doohan, Honda

22 / 49
Careers 13
victories 7
podiums 10
Poles 9
fast laps 7
Points 248

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1996 – Mick Doohan, Honda

1996 - Mick Doohan, Honda

23 / 49
Careers fifteen
victories 8
podiums 12
Poles 8
fast laps 4
Points 309

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1997 – Mick Doohan, Honda

1997 - Mick Doohan, Honda

24 / 49
Careers fifteen
victories 12
podiums 14
Poles 12
fast laps eleven
Points 340

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

1998 – Mick Doohan, Honda

1998 - Mick Doohan, Honda

25 / 49
Careers 14
victories 8
podiums eleven
Poles 8
fast laps 3
Points 260

Photo by: Repsol Media

1999 – Alex Criville, Honda

1999 - Alex Criville, Honda

26 / 49
careers 16
victorias 6
podiums 10
poles 2
Fast laps 2
dots 267

Photo by: Repsol Media

2000 – Kenny Roberts Jr., Suzuki

2000 - Kenny Roberts Jr, Suzuki

27 / 49
Careers 16
victories 4
podiums 9
Poles 4
fast laps 3
Points 258

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2001 – Valentino Rossi, Honda

2001 - Valentino Rossi, Honda

28 / 49
Careers fifteen
victories eleven
podiums 13
Poles 4
fast laps 10
Points 325

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2002 – Valentino Rossi, Honda

2002 - Valentino Rossi, Honda

29 / 49
Careers fifteen
victories eleven
podiums fifteen
Poles 7
fast laps 9
Points 355

Photo by: Richard Sloop

2003 – Valentino Rossi, Honda

2003 - Valentino Rossi, Honda

30 / 49
Careers 16
victories 9
podiums 16
Poles 9
fast laps 12
Points 357

Photo by: Richard Sloop

2004 – Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

2004 - Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

31 / 49
Careers 16
victories 9
podiums eleven
Poles 5
fast laps 3
Points 304

Photo by: Gauloises Fortuna Racing

2005 – Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

2005 - Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

32 / 49
Careers 17
victories eleven
podiums 16
Poles 5
fast laps 6
Points 367

Photo by: Gauloises Fortuna Racing

2006 – Nicky Hayden, Honda

2006 - Nicky Hayden, Honda

33 / 49
Careers 17
victories two
podiums 10
Poles 1
fast laps two
Points 252

Photo by: Repsol Media

2007 – Casey Stoner, Ducati

2007 - Casey Stoner, Ducati

34 / 49
Careers 18
victories 10
podiums 14
Poles 4
fast laps 6
Points 367

Photo by: Ducati Corse

2008 – Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

2008 - Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

35 / 49
Careers 18
victories 9
podiums 16
Poles two
fast laps 6
Points 373

Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

2009 – Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

2009 - Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

36 / 49
Careers 17
victories 6
podiums 13
Poles 7
fast laps 6
Points 306

Photo by: Yamaha Motor Racing

2010 – Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha

2010 - Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha

37 / 49
Careers 18
victories 9
podiums 16
Poles 7
fast laps 4
Points 383

Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

2011 – Casey Stoner, Honda

2011 - Casey Stoner, Honda

38 / 49
Careers 17
victories 10
podiums 16
Poles 12
fast laps 7
Points 350

Photo by: Repsol Media

2012 – Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha

2012 - Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha

39 / 49
Careers 18
victories 6
podiums 16
Poles 7
fast laps 5
Points 350

Photo by: Yamaha MotoGP

2013 – Marc Marquez, Honda

2013 - Marc Marquez, Honda

40 / 49
Careers 18
victories 6
podiums 16
Poles 9
fast laps eleven
Points 334

Photo by: Repsol Media

2014 – Marc Marquez, Honda

2014 - Marc Marquez, Honda

41 / 49
Careers 18
victories 13
podiums 14
Poles 13
fast laps 12
Points 362

Photo by: Repsol Media

2015 – Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha

2015 - Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha

42 / 49
Careers 18
victories 7
podiums 13
Poles 5
fast laps 6
Points 330

Photo by: Yamaha MotoGP

2016 – Marc Marquez, Honda

2016 - Marc Marquez, Honda

43 / 49
Careers 18
victories 5
podiums 12
Poles 7
fast laps 4
Points 298

Photo by: Repsol Media

2017 – Marc Marquez, Honda

2017 - Marc Marquez, Honda

44 / 49
Careers 18
victories 6
podiums 12
Poles 8
fast laps 3
Points 298

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2018 – Marc Marquez, Honda

2018 - Marc Marquez, Honda

45 / 49
Careers 18
victories 9
podiums 14
Poles 7
fast laps 7
Points 321

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2018 – Marc Marquez, Honda

2018 - Marc Marquez, Honda

46 / 49

Photo by: Srinivasa Krishnan

2019 – Marc Marquez, Honda

2019 - Marc Marquez, Honda

47 / 49
Careers 19
victories 12
podiums 18
Poles 10
fast laps 12
Points 420

Photo by: Srinivasa Krishnan

2020 – Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP

2020 - Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP

48 / 49
Careers 14
victories 1
podiums 7
Poles 0
fast laps 0
Points 171

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2021 – Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing

2021 - Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing

49 / 49
Careers 18
victories 5
podiums 5
Poles 5
fast laps 5
Points 278

Photo by: Yamaha

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