The Italian squad continues his run of success
The Honda Team led by Fausto Gresini has once again proved to be one of the standard- bearers in MotoGP, standing out as the only private team to successfully tackle the official representatives.
Third in the championship
on 323 points, Team Fortuna Honda has been bettered only by the major factory outfits – Repsol Honda, who have already won the series on 438 points, and Camel Yamaha.
With four wins (3 for Marco Melandri and 1 for Toni Elias) and eight podiums in total, the squad run by the former double 125cc World Champion has taken the same amount of victories as the official HRC team and has one more than Ducati Marlboro, who are fourth overall.
The constantly improving Team Honda Gresini has doubled its number of victories from 2005 to continue a run of success that has seen them twice finish with the runner-up spot and once with the third placed rider in the final standings over the past four years.
Team Honda Gresini in numbers (up to Portugal 2006):
10 seasons in the World Championship (since 1997 with Barros on a Honda 500 NSR);
1 title - the 250cc World Championship in 2001 with Daijiro Kato;
175 Grand Prix races contested;
32 World Championship victories - 14 in MotoGP (8 with Sete Gibernau, 5 with Marco Melandri and 1 with Toni Elias) and 18 in 250cc (15 with Daijiro Kato and 3 with Loris Capirossi);
87 podium finishes (32 wins, 32 second places and 23 thirds);
3,027 points scored - 1,762 in the premier-class and 1,265 in 250;
23 pole positions - 12 in MotoGP (11 with Sete Gibernau and 1 with Daijiro Kato ) and 11 in 250 (9 with Kato, 2 with Loris Capirossi).