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Honda RC51

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Despite having an excellent engineering team and a significant amount of money, Honda was unable to
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.

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