Honda NSR250

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Honda NSR250
Carlos Cardus on the Honda NSR250
Manufacturer Honda Racing Corporation
Also called Honda RS250RW
Production 1985-2009
Predecessor Honda RC166
Engine 250 cc two-stroke V2
Related Honda RS250R

The Honda NSR250 and Honda RS250RW were race motorcycles manufactured by Honda Racing Corporation to race in the 250cc class of the Grand Prix motorcycle World Championship. Both names identified the factory specification bikes entrusted to works teams, while customer teams used the production racer Honda RS250R.

The first bike debuted in 1985 as Honda RS250RW, then from 1986 to 2002 the factory bikes were named NSR250. In 2003 the RS250RW name was resurrected until the demise of the 250 cc class.

The 250 cc class world championship was won 11 times by riders riding the Honda RS250RW and NSR250: Freddie Spencer (1985), Anton Mang (1987), Sito Pons (1988, 1989), Luca Cadalora (1991, 1992), Max Biaggi (1997), Daijiro Katoh (2001), Dani Pedrosa (2004, 2005) and Hiroshi Aoyama (2009).

Honda also mass-produced a road legal Honda NSR250R.

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