Honda’s Race History — 1966

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1966 becomes the absolute top for Honda. They win the manufacturers’ championship in all five classes, for year they also in the 500 cc class, and individual world in three classes. It is a unique a record still standing

Although during the years MV also won the manufacturers’ title in all the they contested, there only four classes – and the competition of the MVs was weak, not to use the term

This year Mike arguably the greatest motorcycle ever, joins the Honda as a works rider (his and resulting first world 250 cc in 1961 was as a privateer, with the on a loan basis). After retirement, Stuart Graham, son of the Leslie Graham, joins the to assist Hailwood.

In the 50 cc there’s fierce competition Taveri and Bryans on their and Anscheidt, after the withdrawal of on a Suzuki twin. After the one but GP of the season, the Isle of Man TT (this one but last because strikes in Britain prevented the TT from held in June as usual), all riders have 26 points, and a of the title. Then it becomes that the Japanese GP this will not be held on the Honda Suzuka circuit, but on the new Fisco whereupon Honda decides not to and the individual title goes to

In the 125 cc class, the competition for Honda year comes from Read and Bill Ivy on Yamahas, not Suzuki. Taveri takes the with Ivy second and Bryans The manufacturers’ title goes to with Yamaha second and third.

In the 250 cc class, Redman and have to defeat the Yamaha cylinders of Read and Ivy. the Yamahas are slightly more with 60 bhp, the combination of and the Honda six is so superior, that wins the first seven and is already world champion through the season. In total he 10 of the 11 races this year.

Read is second and Redman, who his arm in Franchorchamps and retires from is third. In the manufacturers’ standing, is first, followed by Yamaha, MZ and

In the 350 cc class, Hailwood wins the with six victories, Agostini is with three wins, and Pasolini (Aermacchi) is third. wins the manufacturers’ title, by MV Agusta, Aermacchi and Jawa. The 500 cc a different story. Redman, who has that this will be his season, wants to round off his with a 500 cc world championship, so will concentrate on the 250 and 350 cc, and Redman on the

Honda RC166 250

In Germany Redman wins, Agostini second. Hailwood compete, since there’s one 500 Honda. In Holland both and Hailwood have a 500. initially leads the race, Redman and Hailwood following.

overtakes both Redman and and takes over the lead, but and in the later stages Redman Agostini and wins.

In Belgium, one later, Redman has been in practice, one second faster Hailwood and over 6 seconds than Agostini, but, the race, in pouring rain, he and breaks his left arm. although missing his top gear, up a lead of over a minute Agostini, until further trouble forces him to retire, and Ago

Agostini now has the best chances for the championship, with one win and two second while Hailwood has still points. In East Germany Hailwood retires. In Ulster all is and Hailwood wins, and he also the TT on Man. By now Agostini has amassed so points, that Hailwood has to win to keep his championship hopes He leads the race, but the Honda normally a paragon of reliability, up, and Agostini is world champion.

Honda takes the manufacturers’ MV is second and Matchless third.

Honda RC166 250
Honda RC166 250
Honda RC166 250
Honda RC166 250


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