A short timeline of Honda Motorcycle Racing


The first Honda motorcycle was sold in the year 1894, while the first race which was in France happened a few years later. Since 1906 when Britain held the Tourist trophy races on Isle of man, the motor racing scene of Honda was blossoming all over Europe before world wars. The reason as to why Soichiro Honda set his insights to the TT race was because winning it was challenging and was symbolizing every essence of this sport. The declaration of Honda wanting to win this race would bring the company great interests all over Japan.

Most of the Moto GP races were taking place in Europe and was dominated by European manufacturers. Kiyoshi Kawashima, who had the whole trust of Honda, entered the race as the first person with the four 125cc Hondas. He attained position 6,7,8, and 11 in the lightweight manufacturer’s awards. The success in this class made them enter the world GP series with the 250cc and 125cc seeing the first success in 1960 by becoming first with the 125cc. In the subsequent race, a Honda rider became the first Japanese to win the series with a 250cc machine. In the same year, Honda became a double champion with both the 250cc and the 125cc machines.

Honda continued to succeed in the Moto GP races and won more trophies as years went by. After dominating the 125cc and 250cc races, it decided to move to the 500cc category in 1966. It dominated all the races by being the first in that year before taking a break in 1967. The name of Honda had spread all over the world, bringing pleasure to Soichiro Honda.

After a decade of missing from the series, Honda came back with a four stroke engine in 1977 that had oval-shaped pistons that provided great visual impressions. This new machine failed to win any race in this category and was withdrawn in 1981. Honda came up with a new V3 configuration that was lighter, had a new power unit, and featured enhanced tire life and easy handling. This motorcycle won the race in Belgium and Argentina.

The technology continued advancing seeing the introduction of race winning 800cc and 990cc motorcycles. The Repsol Honda team won triple races before getting into a difficult season in 2012. The Honda racers in 2014 experienced a difficult start to the series season only giving them one victory. The year saw Honda clinch the first world championship win at the Motegi circuit. That year saw Honda win triple titles in their competitions.

The lead racer for Honda experienced ups and downs in the 2015 series that saw him finish third and fourth in the overall standings. There was a crash that led to a sixteenth finish but achieved the first podium finish in Italy. The second win came in Germany when he finished second for Honda. The 2016 season circuit was impressive for Honda as the rider became the youngest to win three premier-class world championships. The Honda riders of the 2016 circuit became the first to win many races more than any other companies’ riders. Honda celebrated fifty years of participating in the Moto GP world championships winning twenty-two constructors titles and eighteen riders world championships.

How much is Konica Minolta Worth

Konica Minolta, Inc. is a Japanese technology firm with headquarters Marunouchi, chiro da, Tokyo. It has offices in forty-nine countries in the world. It manufactures industrial and business imaging products like laser printers, copiers, digital printing systems, and multi-functional peripherals for the production printing market. The managed printing services of Konica Minolta are called the optimized print service. This company also manufactures optical devices like LCD film and lenses, graphics and medical imaging products like X-ray image processing systems, X-ray film, and color proofing system. The other products it manufactures are the textile printers, 3-D digitizers, photometers, and other sensing products.

This company is formerly a merger between Konica and Minolta in January 2003, and the corporate structure finished restructuring in October 2003. Different groups in the company like the national operating companies and headquarter operations began their processes around the same time, although the dates vary. This company also uses a globe mark logo which is similar but different from the former Minolta company. It also uses a similar slogan to the like the one for Minolta company “The essentials of imaging.”

In 2006, the company quitted camera business citing losses and handed it over to Sony. Sony started manufacturing cameras that have lenses which are compatible with the autofocus lens of Konica Minolta. Minolta wanted the camera manufacturer to be partly owned by them, but Sony vehemently refused saying that it either acquires everything or not buy anything at all. Konica Minolta (KM) withdrew from the business in December 2006 and laid off over three thousand seven hundred workers.

After closing the photo imaging division in 2007, the color paper, color film, digital minilab and photo chemical machine divisions ceased operations. Other companies purchased the chemical company and the Odawara factory of KM to continue manufacturing other products. The business of KM expanded, and they are selling their products in Pacific Asia, America, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

The business equipment
Since the Minolta printer’s operations were limited to specific printer models and rebadged printers from other manufacturers, while the printer operations of Minolta were strong after the purchase of QMS, they had to start doing the manufacture together to share their technologies. The KM merger did not affect the operations of the printers. Due to increased complexity of printer devices and MFP, Konica Minolta increased its technology sharing in these product lines. In many locations, it has led to the integration of printing product company into the business equipment product company.

Multifunctional devices
After the merger, bit devices continued selling, while development and research were underway to come up with new products. The first products of the merger were either Konica or Minolta. The products produced were the Konica Minolta 7235 and the Konica Minolta biz hub C350. Successive models started showing technologies from both companies in terms of the system, RIP technologies and features, and operations.

Business companies
There are also other departments of Konica Minolta that offer services in different areas. These companies include the Konica Minolta business solutions Inc., Konica Minolta OPT, Inc., Konica Minolta medical and graphic, Inc., Konica Minolta Sensing Inc., and Konica Minolta healthcare Americas, Inc.

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