Team Honda is one of the best Superbike teams in the world. It is the official factory team of Repsol S.A and Honda racing corporation in the MotoGP championship. In the year 1995, they entered into an agreement with Mick Doohan, who was one of the best racers of that time, Alex Criville and Shinichi Ito which stated that they will ride the Honda NSR500.
Honda expanded to four riders in the year 1996 and had many more drivers by the end of 1999.
They had some famous drivers under them such as Mick Doohan, Alex Criville, Tadayuki Okada and Sete Gibernau before Valentino Rossi joined the team in 2002. Valentino Rossi was part of the team for a short period of time but made a terrific impact throughout the time he was with Honda.
It is often said the racers make the team and it is no different from Honda's perspective. Here we will have a look at the five best drivers who have driven for Honda.
#1 Mick Doohan
Michael Doohan, also known as Mick, is one of the best racers to have competed in MotoGP. The Australian has won the world championship five consecutive times in the 500cc class. Only Giacomo Agostini with eight, and Valentino Rossi, with seven, are ahead of Mick.
He made his debut for Honda in 1989 and won his first race at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 1990. He finished third that year.
Mick had a horrible crash once in which he almost lost a leg. It was amazing to see that he bounced back to racing for the final two races, but unfortunately, he could not win the title as Yamaha's Wayne Rainey took the title.
It was not until 1994 that Mick won his first 500cc championship. The year 1997 was his most successful, as he won 12 out of 15 races he took part in.
Mick has been inducted as a member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the sport. He has helped design an Intamin Motorbike launch rollercoaster, which is named after him. A Grand Prix circuit is named after him.