In the summer of '59-five years after his first visit-Honda returned to the Isle of Man with a full racing team and a brace of RC142 (second-generation) racebikes. Gridded beside sophisticated MV Agustas, Ducatis and MuZs, the clunky Hondas (which still used low-tech, leading-link forks) looked outclassed. In fact, Honda's performance on the Isle's Clypse course ('59 was the last year 125s raced this shorter course, instead of the more-demanding Snaefell Mountain circuit) was less than impressive. Naomi Taniguchi, the highest-placed Honda rider (and the first Japanese racer to compete at the TT), finished sixth, more than 7 minutes behind MV-mounted race winner Tarquino Provini. But the Hondas were consistent: Finishing in sixth, seventh, eighth and 11th places earned the company that year's 125cc Manufacturer's Cup-the first of many international racing awards.