List of 250cc/Moto2 Motorcycle World Champions

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Phil Read, who, along with Max Biaggi, holds the most 250cc championships, with four.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing is the premier championship of motorcycle road racing, which has been divided into three classes since 1990: 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP. Former classes that have been discontinued include 350cc, 50cc/80cc and Sidecar.[1] 250cc is the intermediate category; the 250cc refers to the size of the engines of the motorcycles that race in that class. The engines have twin cylinders, as opposed to the four cylinders used in MotoGP.[2] The Grand Prix Road-Racing World Championship was established in 1949 by the sport's governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), and is the oldest motorsport World Championship.[2] The 250cc class was replaced in 2010 by a new class called Moto2. The 250cc engines were replaced by 600cc engines, which were supplied by Honda to all teams.[3]

Each season consists of 12 to 18 Grands Prix contested on closed circuits, as opposed to public roads. Points earned in these events count toward the riders' and constructors' world championships. The rider's and constructor's championship are separate championships, but are based on the same point system. The number of points awarded at the end of each race to the top 15 qualifying riders depends on their placement. Points received by each finisher, from first 1st place to 15th place: 25, 20, 16, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Historically, there have been several points systems.[4] Results from all current Grands Prix count towards the championships; in the past, only a certain number of results were counted.[5]

Phil Read and Max Biaggi have won the most championships, with four each. Dani Pedrosa is the youngest to win the championship; he was 19 years and 18 days old when he won the championship in 2004. Italian riders have won the most championships; 13 riders have won a total of 22 championships. Riders from Great Britain have won the second most; four riders have won a total of nine championships. Germans have won the third most, as four riders have won a total of seven championships. Bruno Ruffo won the inaugural championship in 1949. Hiroshi Aoyama was the last rider to win the 250cc championship in 2009. Toni Elías was the first champion of the Moto2 category.[6] Pol Espargaró is the current champion.

Champions[edit]

All figures correct as of 22 December 2013

Key
* Champion also won 500cc Championship in that season
dagger Champion also won 350cc Championship in that season
double-dagger Champion also won 125cc Championship in that season
&
Indicates information is not available
  • The "Season" column refers to the season the competition was held, and wikilinks to the article about that season.
  • The "Margin" column refers to the margin of points by which the winner defeated the runner-up.

By season[edit]

250cc/Moto2 Motorcycle World Champions
Season Country Rider Constructor Grands Prix Poles Wins Podiums Fastest laps Points Margin
1949  Italy Ruffo, BrunoBruno Ruffo Moto Guzzi 4 &
1 2 0 24 5
1950  Italy Ambrosini, DarioDario Ambrosini Benelli 4 &
3 4 3 24 10
1951  Italy Ruffo, BrunoBruno Ruffo Moto Guzzi 5 &
2 4 3 22 4
1952  Italy Lorenzetti, EnricoEnrico Lorenzetti Moto Guzzi 6 &
2 5 2 28 4
1953  West Germany Haas, WernerWerner Haasdouble-dagger NSU 7 &
2 5 2 28 5
1954  West Germany Haas, WernerWerner Haas NSU 7 &
5 5 3 32 6
1955  West Germany Müller, Hermann PaulHermann Paul Müller NSU 5 &
1 3 1 16 2
1956  Italy Ubbiali, CarloCarlo Ubbialidouble-dagger MV Agusta 6 &
5 5 4 32 6
1957  United Kingdom Sandford, CecilCecil Sandford Mondial 6 &
2 5 0 26 10
1958  Italy Provini, TarquinioTarquinio Provini MV Agusta 6 &
4 4 5 32 16
1959  Italy Ubbiali, CarloCarlo Ubbialidouble-dagger MV Agusta 7 &
2 5 2 28 12
1960  Italy Ubbiali, CarloCarlo Ubbialidouble-dagger MV Agusta 6 &
4 6 4 32 4
1961  United Kingdom Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood Honda 11 &
4 8 3 44 6
1962  Rhodesia and Nyasaland Redman, JimJim Redmandagger Honda 10 &
6 9 2 48 16
1963  Rhodesia and Nyasaland Redman, JimJim Redmandagger Honda 12 &
4 9 2 44 2
1964  United Kingdom Read, PhilPhil Read Yamaha 11 &
5 7 4 46 4
1965  United Kingdom Read, PhilPhil Read Yamaha 12 &
7 9 6 56 14
1966  United Kingdom Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwooddagger Honda 12 &
10 10 8 56 22
1967  United Kingdom Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwooddagger Honda 13 &
5 8 7 50 0
1968  United Kingdom Read, PhilPhil Readdouble-dagger Yamaha 10 &
5 7 5 46 0
1969  Australia Carruthers, KelKel Carruthers Benelli 12 &
3 7 3 89 5
1970  United Kingdom Gould, RodneyRodney Gould Yamaha 12 &
6 9 3 102 18
1971  United Kingdom Read, PhilPhil Read Yamaha 12 &
3 5 3 73 5
1972  Finland Saarinen, JarnoJarno Saarinen Yamaha 13 &
4 9 6 94 1
1973  West Germany Braun, DieterDieter Braun Yamaha 11 &
4 5 2 80 16
1974  Italy Villa, WalterWalter Villa Harley-Davidson 10 1 4 5 3 77 19
1975  Italy Villa, WalterWalter Villa Harley-Davidson 11 5 5 6 4 85 9
1976  Italy Villa, WalterWalter Villa dagger Harley-Davidson 11 7 7 8 7 90 17
1977  Italy Lega, MarioMario Lega Morbidelli 12 0 1 5 1 85 13
1978  South Africa Ballington, KorkKork Ballingtondagger Kawasaki 12 5 4 8 4 124 6
1979  South Africa Ballington, KorkKork Ballingtondagger Kawasaki 12 3 7 9 7 141 60
1980  West Germany Mang, AntonAnton Mang Kawasaki 10 9 4 10 4 128 41
1981  West Germany Mang, AntonAnton Mangdagger Kawasaki 12 10 10 11 9 160 65
1982  France Tournadre, Jean-LouisJean-Louis Tournadre Yamaha 12 0 1 8 2 118 1
1983  Venezuela Lavado, CarlosCarlos Lavado Yamaha 11 1 4 6 2 100 27
1984  France Sarron, ChristianChristian Sarron Yamaha 12 3 3 8 1 109 9
1985  United States Spencer, FreddieFreddie Spencer * Honda 12 6 7 8 6 127 3
1986  Venezuela Lavado, CarlosCarlos Lavado Yamaha 11 7 6 8 3 114 6
1987  West Germany Mang, AntonAnton Mang Honda 15 1 8 8 1 136 28
1988  Spain Pons, SitoSito Pons Honda 15 1 4 11 2 231 10
1989  Spain Pons, SitoSito Pons Honda 15 3 7 12 7 262 72
1990  United States Kocinski, JohnJohn Kocinski Yamaha 15 8 7 12 8 223 15
1991  Italy Cadalora, LucaLuca Cadalora Honda 15 4 8 12 8 237 17
1992  Italy Cadalora, LucaLuca Cadalora Honda 13 2 7 9 3 203 64
1993  Japan Harada, TetsuyaTetsuya Harada Yamaha 14 2 4 7 3 197 4
1994  Italy Biaggi, MaxMax Biaggi Aprilia 14 7 5 10 8 234 20
1995  Italy Biaggi, MaxMax Biaggi Aprilia 13 9 8 12 7 283 63
1996  Italy Biaggi, MaxMax Biaggi Aprilia 15 8 9 11 9 274 6
1997  Italy Biaggi, MaxMax Biaggi Honda 15 3 5 10 2 250 2
1998  Italy Capirossi, LorisLoris Capirossi Aprilia 14 8 2 9 3 204 3
1999  Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi Aprilia 16 5 9 12 8 309 48
2000  France Jacque, OlivierOlivier Jacque Yamaha 16 5 3 11 4 279 7
2001  Japan Kato, DaijiroDaijiro Kato Honda 16 6 11 13 9 322 49
2002  Italy Melandri, MarcoMarco Melandri Aprilia 16 2 9 12 4 298 57
2003  San Marino Poggiali, ManuelManuel Poggiali Aprilia 16 3 4 10 6 249 14
2004  Spain Pedrosa, DaniDani Pedrosa Honda 16 4 7 13 8 317 61
2005  Spain Pedrosa, DaniDani Pedrosa Honda 16 5 8 11 7 309 55
2006  Spain Lorenzo, JorgeJorge Lorenzo Aprilia 16 10 8 11 1 289 17
2007  Spain Lorenzo, JorgeJorge Lorenzo Aprilia 17 9 9 12 3 312 52
2008  Italy Simoncelli, MarcoMarco Simoncelli Gilera 16 7 6 12 4 281 37
2009  Japan Aoyama, HiroshiHiroshi Aoyama Honda 16 2 4 7 4 261 22
2010  Spain Elías, ToniToni Elías Moriwaki 17 3 7 8 2 271 70
2011  Germany Bradl, StefanStefan Bradl Kalex 17 7 4 11 3 274 23
2012  Spain Márquez, MarcMarc Márquez Suter 17 7 9 14 5 324 56
2013  Spain Espargaró, PolPol Espargaró Kalex 17 6 6 10 4 265 40

Multiple champions[edit]

250cc Motorcycle multiple champions
Rider Total Seasons
United Kingdom Read, PhilPhil Read 4 1964, 1965, 1968, 1971
Italy Biaggi, MaxMax Biaggi 4 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
Italy Ubbiali, CarloCarlo Ubbiali 3 1956, 1959, 1960
United Kingdom Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood 3 1961, 1966, 1967
Italy Villa, WalterWalter Villa 3 1974, 1975, 1976
Germany Mang, AntonAnton Mang 3 1980, 1981, 1987
Italy Ruffo, BrunoBruno Ruffo 2 1949, 1951
Germany Haas, WernerWerner Haas 2 1953, 1954
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Redman, JimJim Redman 2 1962, 1963
South Africa Ballington, KorkKork Ballington 2 1978, 1979
Venezuela Lavado, CarlosCarlos Lavado 2 1983, 1986
Spain Pons, SitoSito Pons 2 1988, 1989
Italy Cadalora, LucaLuca Cadalora 2 1991, 1992
Spain Pedrosa, DaniDani Pedrosa 2 2004, 2005
Spain Lorenzo, JorgeJorge Lorenzo 2 2006, 2007

By constructor[edit]

250cc Motorcycle world champions by constructor
Constructor Total
Japan Honda 16
Japan Yamaha 14
Italy Aprilia 9
Italy MV Agusta 4
Japan Kawasaki 4
Germany NSU 3
United States Harley-Davidson 3
Italy Moto Guzzi 3
Italy Benelli 2
Italy Mondial 1
Italy Morbidelli 1
Italy Gilera 1
Japan Moriwaki 1
Germany Kalex 1
Switzerland Suter 1

By nationality[edit]

250cc Motorcycle world champions by nationality
Nationality Riders Total
 Italy 13 22
 Spain 6 9
 United Kingdom 4 9
 Germany 5 8
 France 3 3
 Japan 3 3
 United States 2 2
 Rhodesia 1 2
 South Africa 1 2
 Venezuela 1 2
 Finland 1 1
 Australia 1 1
 San Marino 1 1

References[edit]

Bibliography

  • Marshall, Anne (1997). Guinness Book of Knowledge. Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-046-6. 

Specific

  1. ^ Marshall 1997, p. 289
  2. ^ a b "Basics". MotoGP. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "2010 Moto2 class to be powered by Honda". MotoGP. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations 2009" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. 31 January 2009. p. 44. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Key Rules". MotoGP. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Elías makes history as first Moto2 World Champion". Dorna Sports. 10 October 2010.