Honda was not the public face behind the pressure to abandon two-stroke grand prix racing at the start of the new century. That role was left to Yamaha, who ironically in 1975 made the first two-stroke to conquer the premier class. But the whole Japanese industry was behind the move, and it would certainly have pleased and indeed vindicated Soichiro Honda, a dedicated proponent of four-stroke engines.
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