Featured in the March 2020 issue of Roadracing World:
Three-time MotoGP race winner Cal Crutchlow probably had more fun than anyone else at the Honda Racing Thanks Day at Motegi in November because he fulfilled a lifelong dream: Riding a 500cc Grand Prix bike around a racetrack for the first time.
Crutchlow was four years old when Eddie Lawson won the 1989 500cc World Championship
aboard his Honda NSR500, an early version of the bike that went on to become the most successful premier-class Grand Prix machine of all time, with 132 victories between 1984 and 2001.
American Lawson won four Grands Prix during 1989. The most successful NSR500 rider
of all was Australian Mick Doohan, who won 54 GPs between 1990 and 1998. The 500cc two-strokes of the late 1980s were renowned for their intimidating performance: 170 horsepower delivered to the rear tire with a spine-tingling exhaust note and via a precipitous powerband, with no traction control to help keep the rider on board.
“It was incredible and a real privilege to ride an NSR!” said Crutchlow …
—Riding Eddie Lawson’s 1989 Honda NSR500: Cal’s Dream
LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow says he used to watch his racing heroes race the mighty 500cc four-cylinder two-strokes and think the bikes were spectacular. Now, as he says after riding one, he knows they are spectacular! Crutchlow’s insights on riding one of the real beasts of motorcycle road racing history are all in the March issue of Roadracing World!
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