In 1985, Freddie Spencer or "Fast" Freddie competed in the Grand Prix and did what no racer had done before: compete in both 250cc and 500cc classes during the same season. At the time Honda did not have a 250cc bike, but they were ambitious to be a contender in the races and managed to design and build a two-cylinder 250cc bike, as well as a 500cc ride with a brand new V4 engine.

The NSR500's engine was a liquid-cooled 2-stroke 90-degree V4 and the NSR250 was a two-stroke V2. Spencer achieved 15 pole positions, set 9 new track records and won 14 races, taking both the 250cc and 500cc championship titles on these two motorcycles.

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