List of 500cc/MotoGP Motorcycle World Champions

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Giacomo Agostini, who won the 500cc World Championship a record eight times

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] The premier class is MotoGP, which was formerly known as the 500cc class.[1] 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 in existence.[2] The motorcycles used in MotoGP are purpose built for the sport, and are unavailable for purchase by the general public because they cannot be legally ridden on public roads.[2] From the mid-1970s to 2002, the top class of GP racing allowed 500cc with a maximum of four cylinders, regardless of whether the engine was a two-stroke or four-stroke.[2] Rule changes were introduced in 2002, to facilitate the phasing out of two-stroke engines.[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]

Giacomo Agostini has won the most championships, with eight, including a record seven championshipsin succession from 1966 to 1972. Marc Márquez is the youngest to win the championship; he was 20 years and 266 days old when he won the championship in 2013.[6] Italian riders have won the most championships; six riders have won a total of twenty championships. Riders from Great Britain have won the second most; six riders have won a total of seventeen championships. Riders from the United States have won the third most, as seven riders have won a total of fifteen championships.[7] Leslie Graham won the inaugural championship in 1949. Marc Márquez of the Repsol Honda team is the current champion.[8]

Champions[edit]

Key
dagger Champion also won 350cc Championship in that season
* Champion also won 250cc 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]

500cc/MotoGP champions
Season Country Rider Constructor Grands Prix Poles Wins Podiums Fastest laps Points Margin
1949  United Kingdom Graham, LeslieLeslie Graham AJS 5 &
2 3 3 30 2
1950  Italy Masetti, UmbertoUmberto Masetti (1/2) Gilera 6 &
2 4 1 28 1
1951  United Kingdom Duke, GeoffGeoff Dukedagger (1/4) Norton 8 &
4 4 2 35 4
1952  Italy Masetti, UmbertoUmberto Masetti (2/2) Gilera 8 &
2 4 2 28 3
1953  United Kingdom Duke, GeoffGeoff Duke (2/4) Gilera 9 &
4 5 1 38 14
1954  United Kingdom Duke, GeoffGeoff Duke (3/4) Gilera 9 &
5 6 4 40 20
1955  United Kingdom Duke, GeoffGeoff Duke (4/4) Gilera 8 &
4 5 6 36 6
1956  United Kingdom Surtees, JohnJohn Surtees (1/4) MV Agusta 6 &
3 3 2 24 8
1957  Italy Liberati, LiberoLibero Liberati Gilera 6 &
4 5 1 32 12
1958  United Kingdom Surtees, JohnJohn Surteesdagger (2/4) MV Agusta 7 &
6 6 5 32 12
1959  United Kingdom Surtees, JohnJohn Surteesdagger (3/4) MV Agusta 8 &
7 7 6 32 10
1960  United Kingdom Surtees, JohnJohn Surteesdagger (4/4) MV Agusta 7 &
5 6 6 46 20
1961  Rhodesia and Nyasaland Hocking, GaryGary Hockingdagger MV Agusta 10 &
7 7 9 48 8
1962  United Kingdom Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood (1/4) MV Agusta 8 &
5 5 4 40 11
1963  United Kingdom Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood (2/4) MV Agusta 8 &
7 7 7 40 19
1964  United Kingdom Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood (3/4) MV Agusta 9 &
7 7 6 40 15
1965  United Kingdom Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood (4/4) MV Agusta 10 &
8 8 8 48 20
1966  Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini (1/8) MV Agusta 9 &
3 8 2 36 6
1967  Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini (2/8) MV Agusta 10 &
5 8 4 46 0
1968  Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostinidagger (3/8) MV Agusta 10 &
10 10 10 48 14
1969  Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostinidagger (4/8) MV Agusta 12 &
10 10 10 105 58
1970  Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostinidagger (5/8) MV Agusta 11 &
10 10 9 90 28
1971  Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostinidagger (6/8) MV Agusta 11 &
8 8 9 90 32
1972  Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostinidagger (7/8) MV Agusta 13 &
11 11 12 105 19
1973  United Kingdom Read, PhilPhil Read (1/2) MV Agusta 11 &
4 8 1 84 20
1974  United Kingdom Read, PhilPhil Read (2/2) MV Agusta 10 4 4 7 1 82 13
1975  Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini (8/8) Yamaha 10 2 4 6 4 84 8
1976  United Kingdom Sheene, BarryBarry Sheene (1/2) Suzuki 10 4 5 6 3 72 24
1977  United Kingdom Sheene, BarryBarry Sheene (2/2) Suzuki 10 7 6 7 6 107 27
1978  United States Roberts, KennyKenny Roberts (1/3) Yamaha 11 2 4 7 6 110 10
1979  United States Roberts, KennyKenny Roberts (2/3) Yamaha 12 5 5 7 4 113 24
1980  United States Roberts, KennyKenny Roberts (3/3) Yamaha 8 2 3 6 4 87 15
1981  Italy Lucchinelli, MarcoMarco Lucchinelli Suzuki 11 7 5 6 5 105 11
1982  Italy Uncini, FrancoFranco Uncini Suzuki 12 1 5 7 1 103 27
1983  United States Spencer, FreddieFreddie Spencer (1/2) Honda 12 6 6 10 3 144 2
1984  United States Lawson, EddieEddie Lawson (1/4) Yamaha 12 2 4 9 3 142 31
1985  United States Spencer, FreddieFreddie Spencer* (2/2) Honda 12 10 7 10 6 141 8
1986  United States Lawson, EddieEddie Lawson (2/4) Yamaha 11 7 7 10 6 139 22
1987  Australia Gardner, WayneWayne Gardner Honda 15 10 7 11 8 178 20
1988  United States Lawson, EddieEddie Lawson (3/4) Yamaha 15 2 7 12 5 252 23
1989  United States Lawson, EddieEddie Lawson (4/4) Honda 15 1 4 13 3 228 17.5
1990  United States Rainey, WayneWayne Rainey (1/3) Yamaha 15 3 7 14 6 255 67
1991  United States Rainey, WayneWayne Rainey (2/3) Yamaha 15 6 6 13 8 233 9
1992  United States Rainey, WayneWayne Rainey (3/3) Yamaha 13 0 3 8 3 140 4
1993  United States Schwantz, KevinKevin Schwantz Suzuki 14 6 4 11 2 248 34
1994  Australia Doohan, MichaelMichael Doohan (1/5) Honda 14 6 9 14 7 317 143
1995  Australia Doohan, MichaelMichael Doohan (2/5) Honda 13 9 7 10 7 248 33
1996  Australia Doohan, MichaelMichael Doohan (3/5) Honda 15 8 8 12 4 309 64
1997  Australia Doohan, MichaelMichael Doohan (4/5) Honda 15 12 12 14 11 340 143
1998  Australia Doohan, MichaelMichael Doohan (5/5) Honda 14 8 8 11 3 260 52
1999  Spain Crivillé, ÀlexÀlex Crivillé Honda 16 2 6 10 2 267 57
2000  United States Roberts, Jr., KennyKenny Roberts, Jr. Suzuki 16 4 4 9 3 258 49
2001  Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi (1/7) Honda 15 4 11 13 10 325 106
2002  Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi (2/7) Honda 15 7 11 15 9 355 140
2003  Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi (3/7) Honda 16 9 9 16 12 357 80
2004  Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi (4/7) Yamaha 16 5 9 11 3 304 47
2005  Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi (5/7) Yamaha 17 5 11 16 6 367 147
2006  United States Hayden, NickyNicky Hayden Honda 17 1 2 10 2 252 5
2007  Australia Stoner, CaseyCasey Stoner (1/2) Ducati 18 4 10 14 6 367 125
2008  Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi (6/7) Yamaha 18 2 9 16 6 373 93
2009  Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi (7/7) Yamaha 17 7 6 13 6 306 45
2010  Spain Lorenzo, JorgeJorge Lorenzo (1/2) Yamaha 18 7 9 16 4 383 138
2011  Australia Stoner, CaseyCasey Stoner (2/2) Honda 17 12 10 16 7 350 90
2012  Spain Lorenzo, JorgeJorge Lorenzo (2/2) Yamaha 18 7 6 16 5 350 18
2013  Spain Márquez, MarcMarc Márquez (1/2) Honda 18 9 6 16 11 334 4
2014  Spain Márquez, MarcMarc Márquez (2/2) Honda 18 13 13 14 12 362 67

Multiple champions[edit]

500cc/MotoGP multiple champions
Rider Total Seasons
Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini 8 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975
Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi 7 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009
Australia Doohan, MichaelMichael Doohan 5 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
United Kingdom Duke, GeoffGeoff Duke 4 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955
United Kingdom Surtees, JohnJohn Surtees 4 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960
United Kingdom Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood 4 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
United States Lawson, EddieEddie Lawson 4 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989
United States Roberts, KennyKenny Roberts 3 1978, 1979, 1980
United States Rainey, WayneWayne Rainey 3 1990, 1991, 1992
Italy Masetti, UmbertoUmberto Masetti 2 1950, 1952
United Kingdom Read, PhilPhil Read 2 1973, 1974
Australia Stoner, CaseyCasey Stoner 2 2007, 2011
United Kingdom Sheene, BarryBarry Sheene 2 1976, 1977
United States Spencer, FreddieFreddie Spencer 2 1983, 1985
Spain Lorenzo, JorgeJorge Lorenzo 2 2010, 2012
Spain Márquez, MarcMarc Márquez 2 2013, 2014

By constructor[edit]

500cc/MotoGP champions by constructor
Constructor Total
Japan Honda 21
Italy MV Agusta 18
Japan Yamaha 16
Japan Suzuki 6
Italy Gilera 6
United Kingdom Norton 1
United Kingdom AJS 1
Italy Ducati 1

By nationality[edit]

500cc/MotoGP champions by nationality
Country Riders Total
 Italy 6 20
 United Kingdom 6 17
 United States 7 15
 Australia 3 8
 Spain 3 5
 Rhodesia 1 1

Race Wins[edit]

500cc/MotoGP Top 10 by Race Wins
Rank Rider Total
1 Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi 82
2 Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini 68
3 Australia Doohan, MichaelMichael Doohan 54
4 Australia Stoner, CaseyCasey Stoner 38
5 United Kingdom Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood 37
6 Spain Lorenzo, JorgeJorge Lorenzo 33
7 United States Lawson, EddieEddie Lawson 31
8 Spain Pedrosa, DaniDani Pedrosa 26
9 United States Schwantz, KevinKevin Schwantz 25
10 United States Rainey, WayneWayne Rainey 24

References[edit]

Bibliography

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

General

Specific

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  2. ^ a b c "Basics". MotoGP. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bikes". MotoGP. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  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. ^ "Freddie Spencer". AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "America's winning heritage in MotoGP". MotoGP. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  8. ^ Rostance, Tom (28 October 2012). "Jorge Lorenzo cruises to title as Stoner wins Australian GP". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 October 2012.