Thanks to riders like Freddie Spencer, Mike Baldwin, Fred Merkel and Wayne Rainey in the 1980s and primarily Miguel Duhamel in the 1990s, Honda went into the 2000s with a firm lead in American (AMA) Superbike Wins by Manufacturer. But then came the 2000s and a stunning run by Suzuki with Mat Mladin and Ben Spies and quickly Suzuki swept past Honda for all-time AMA Superbike wins supremacy.
It’s hard to believe now, but once dominant Honda is going on five years since its last AMA Superbike victory. Big H scored its last win at Miller Motorsports Park, in Toole, Utah, in June of 2006 with Jake Zemke scoring the upset that day over Yoshimura Suzuki’s Mat Mladin and Ben Spies. Zemke’s victory in Utah ended a then two-year drought for Honda in America’s premier road racing class and broke a 14-race win streak for Suzuki.
This current drought is the longest span in AMA Superbike history without a win for Honda. The previous record for a gap between Honda wins came in at just under three years – from May of 1992 when Freddie Spencer won at Texas World, to April of 1995 when Mike Hale won Pomona.