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win consistently, particulary because of the V-twins' displacement advantage. In 2000 Honda released the RC51, powered by a 998cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine. That year, it won the World Superbike Championship with [[Colin Edwards]] riding for the [[Castrol]] team. In 2001, Ducati regained the title, but the RC51 was still a contender boasting reliability, speed, and power. The RC51 won again in its final year of factory-supported racing in World Superbike in 2002.
Honda stopped manufacturing the RC51 in
[[2005 ]], [[2006 ]] being the last model year. Honda stopped official support for Superbike racing in 2003 (though various teams have had some factory support) and the RC51 was replaced by the [[Honda_CBR1000RR|CBR1000RR Fireblade]] as the Honda superbike racer (Superbike rules changed to allow 1000cc 4 cyclinder bikes in 2003). It has a 2 cylinders, liquid cooled, fuel injected, 1000cc engine, 136 HP, 6 speed transmission.