2002 saw a major change in WGP. Big size 990cc 4-stroke motorcycles were given the green light to race with 500cc 2-stroke motorcycles in the top category of the MotoGP class. Honda entered the 4-stroke RC211V in this class in which harsh competition was expected. This revolutionary machine was equipped with a unique V5 engine mounted on an aluminum twin tube frame and state-of-the-art "Unit Pro-Link" suspension. Riding the Repsol Honda RC211V, Valentino Rossi won 11 of 17 season races and his teammate Tohru Ukawa took the victory in the South Africa Grand-Prix resulting in Rider Title for Rossi and Maker Title for Honda.