List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World champions

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Giacomo Agostini, who won 15 motorcycle world championships

Grand Prix motorcycle racing is the premier championship of motorcycle road racing, which has been divided into three classes since the 1990 season: 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP. Classes that have been discontinued include 350cc and 50cc/80cc.[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.[2]

There were four classes when the championship started in 1949; 500cc, 350cc, 250cc and 125cc. The 50cc class was introduced in the 1962 season. Due to escalating costs that resulted in a number of manufacturers leaving the championship, the FIM limited the 50cc bikes to a single cylinder, the 125cc and 250cc bikes were limited to two cylinders and the 350cc and 500cc bikes were limited to four cylinders. The 350cc class was discontinued in 1982; two years later the 50cc class was replaced with an 80cc class, which was discontinued in 1989. In 2002, 990cc bikes replaced the 500c bikes and the class was renamed as MotoGP.[3] 600cc bikes replaced the 250cc bikes in the 2010 season, with the class re-branded as Moto2.[4]

Giacomo Agostini, with 15 victories, has won the most world championships. Ángel Nieto is second with 13 world championships and Valentino Rossi, Mike Hailwood and Carlo Ubbiali are third with 9 world championships.[5] Agostini holds the record for the most victories in the 500cc/MotoGP and 350cc classes with eight and seven world championships respectively. Phil Read and Max Biaggi have won the most 250cc/Moto2 championships, with four victories each. Nieto won the most championships in the 125cc and 50cc/80cc classes with eight and six victories respectively.[6]

Champions[edit]

By year[edit]

By rider[edit]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing World champions
Rank Rider Country Winning span MotoGP/500cc 350cc Moto2/250cc Moto3/125cc 80cc/50cc Total
1 Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini  Italy 1966–1975 8 7 0 0 0 15
2 Nieto, ÁngelÁngel Nieto  Spain 1969–1984 0 0 0 7 6 13
3 Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi  Italy 1997–2009 7 0 1 1 0 9
3 Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood  United Kingdom 1961–1967 4 2 3 0 0 9
3 Ubbiali, CarloCarlo Ubbiali  Italy 1951–1960 0 0 3 6 0 9
6 Surtees, JohnJohn Surtees  United Kingdom 1956–1960 4 3 0 0 0 7
6 Read, PhilPhil Read  United Kingdom 1964–1974 2 0 4 1 0 7
8 Duke, GeoffGeoff Duke  United Kingdom 1951–1955 4 2 0 0 0 6
8 Redman, JimJim Redman  Rhodesia 1962–1965 0 4 2 0 0 6
10 Doohan, MickMick Doohan  Australia 1994–1998 5 0 0 0 0 5
10 Mang, AntonAnton Mang  Germany 1980–1987 0 2 3 0 0 5
12 Lawson, EddieEddie Lawson  United States 1984–1989 4 0 0 0 0 4
12 Lorenzo, JorgeJorge Lorenzo  Spain 2006–2012 2 0 2 0 0 4
12 Ballington, KorkKork Ballington  South Africa 1978–1979 0 2 2 0 0 4
12 Villa, WalterWalter Villa  Italy 1974–1976 0 1 3 0 0 4
12 Biaggi, MaxMax Biaggi  Italy 1994–1997 0 0 4 0 0 4
12 Anderson, HughHugh Anderson  New Zealand 1963–1965 0 0 0 2 2 4
12 Martínez, JorgeJorge Martínez  Spain 1986–1988 0 0 0 1 3 4
12 Dörflinger, StefanStefan Dörflinger   Switzerland 1982–1985 0 0 0 0 4 4
20 Roberts, KennyKenny Roberts  United States 1978–1980 3 0 0 0 0 3
20 Rainey, WayneWayne Rainey  United States 1990–1992 3 0 0 0 0 3
20 Spencer, FreddieFreddie Spencer  United States 1983–1985 2 0 1 0 0 3
20 Márquez, MarcMarc Márquez  Spain 2010-2013 1 0 1 1 0 3
20 Ruffo, BrunoBruno Ruffo  Italy 1949–1951 0 0 2 1 0 3
20 Haas, WernerWerner Haas  Germany 1953–1954 0 0 2 1 0 3
20 Cadalora, LucaLuca Cadalora  Italy 1986–1992 0 0 2 1 0 3
20 Pedrosa, DaniDani Pedrosa  Spain 2003–2005 0 0 2 1 0 3
20 Capirossi, LorisLoris Capirossi  Italy 1990–1998 0 0 1 2 0 3
20 Taveri, LuigiLuigi Taveri   Switzerland 1962–1966 0 0 0 3 0 3
20 Bianchi, Pier PaoloPier Paolo Bianchi  Italy 1976–1980 0 0 0 3 0 3
20 Anscheidt, Hans GeorgHans Georg Anscheidt  Germany 1966–1968 0 0 0 0 3 3
20 Lazzarini, EugenioEugenio Lazzarini  Italy 1978–1980 0 0 0 1 2 3
32 Masetti, UmbertoUmberto Masetti  Italy 1950–1952 2 0 0 0 0 2
32 Sheene, BarryBarry Sheene  United Kingdom 1976–1977 2 0 0 0 0 2
32 Stoner, CaseyCasey Stoner  Australia 2007–2011 2 0 0 0 0 2
32 Hocking, GaryGary Hocking  Rhodesia 1961 1 1 0 0 0 2
32 Crivillé, ÀlexÀlex Crivillé  Spain 1989–1999 1 0 0 1 0 2
32 Lomas, BillBill Lomas  United Kingdom 1955–1956 0 2 0 0 0 2
32 Anderson, FergusFergus Anderson  United Kingdom 1953–1954 0 2 0 0 0 2
32 Lavado, CarlosCarlos Lavado  Venezuela 1983–1986 0 0 2 0 0 2
32 Pons, SitoSito Pons  Spain 1988–1989 0 0 2 0 0 2
32 Sandford, CecilCecil Sandford  United Kingdom 1952–1957 0 0 1 1 0 2
32 Provini, TarquinioTarquinio Provini  Italy 1957–1958 0 0 1 1 0 2
32 Braun, DieterDieter Braun  Germany 1970–1973 0 0 1 1 0 2
32 Poggiali, ManuelManuel Poggiali  San Marino 2001–2003 0 0 1 1 0 2
32 Andersson, KentKent Andersson  Sweden 1973–1974 0 0 0 2 0 2
32 Gresini, FaustoFausto Gresini  Italy 1985–1987 0 0 0 2 0 2
32 Sakata, KazutoKazuto Sakata  Japan 1994–1998 0 0 0 2 0 2
32 Aoki, HaruchikaHaruchika Aoki  Japan 1995–1996 0 0 0 2 0 2
32 de Vries, JanJan de Vries  Netherlands 1971–1973 0 0 0 0 2 2
32 Tormo, RicardoRicardo Tormo  Spain 1978–1981 0 0 0 0 2 2
51 Graham, LeslieLeslie Graham  United Kingdom 1949 1 0 0 0 0 1
51 Liberati, LiberoLibero Liberati  Italy 1957 1 0 0 0 0 1
51 Lucchinelli, MarcoMarco Lucchinelli  Italy 1981 1 0 0 0 0 1
51 Uncini, FrancoFranco Uncini  Italy 1982 1 0 0 0 0 1
51 Gardner, WayneWayne Gardner  Australia 1987 1 0 0 0 0 1
51 Schwantz, KevinKevin Schwantz  United States 1993 1 0 0 0 0 1
51 Roberts, Jr., KennyKenny Roberts, Jr.  United States 2000 1 0 0 0 0 1
51 Hayden, NickyNicky Hayden  United States 2006 1 0 0 0 0 1
51 Frith, FreddieFreddie Frith  United Kingdom 1949 0 1 0 0 0 1
51 Foster, BobBob Foster  United Kingdom 1950 0 1 0 0 0 1
51 Campbell, KeithKeith Campbell  Australia 1957 0 1 0 0 0 1
51 Cecotto, JohnnyJohnny Cecotto  Venezuela 1975 0 1 0 0 0 1
51 Katayama, TakazumiTakazumi Katayama  Japan 1977 0 1 0 0 0 1
51 Ekerold, JonJon Ekerold  South Africa 1980 0 1 0 0 0 1
51 Ambrosini, DarioDario Ambrosini  Italy 1950 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Lorenzetti, EnricoEnrico Lorenzetti  Italy 1952 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Müller, Hermann PaulHermann Paul Müller  Germany 1955 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Gould, RodneyRodney Gould  United Kingdom 1970 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Carruthers, KelKel Carruthers  Australia 1969 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Saarinen, JarnoJarno Saarinen  Finland 1972 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Lega, MarioMario Lega  Italy 1977 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Tournadre, Jean-LouisJean-Louis Tournadre  France 1982 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Sarron, ChristianChristian Sarron  France 1984 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Kocinski, JohnJohn Kocinski  United States 1990 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Harada, TetsuyaTetsuya Harada  Japan 1993 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Jacque, OlivierOlivier Jacque  France 2000 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Kato, DaijiroDaijiro Kato  Japan 2001 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Melandri, MarcoMarco Melandri  Italy 2002 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Simoncelli, MarcoMarco Simoncelli  Italy 2008 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Aoyama, HiroshiHiroshi Aoyama  Japan 2009 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Elías, ToniToni Elías  Spain 2010 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Bradl, StefanStefan Bradl  Germany 2011 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Espargaró, PolPol Espargaró  Spain 2013 0 0 1 0 0 1
51 Pagani, NelloNello Pagani  Italy 1949 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Hollaus, RupertRupert Hollaus  Austria 1954 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Phillis, TomTom Phillis  Australia 1961 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Ivy, BillBill Ivy  United Kingdom 1967 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Simmonds, DaveDave Simmonds  United Kingdom 1969 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Pileri, PaoloPaolo Pileri  Italy 1975 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Gramigni, AlessandroAlessandro Gramigni  Italy 1992 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Raudies, DirkDirk Raudies  Germany 1993 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Alzamora, EmilioEmilio Alzamora  Spain 1999 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Locatelli, RobertoRoberto Locatelli  Italy 2000 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Vincent, ArnaudArnaud Vincent  France 2002 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Dovizioso, AndreaAndrea Dovizioso  Italy 2004 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Lüthi, ThomasThomas Lüthi   Switzerland 2005 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Bautista, ÁlvaroÁlvaro Bautista  Spain 2006 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Talmácsi, GáborGábor Talmácsi  Hungary 2007 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Di Meglio, MikeMike Di Meglio  France 2008 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Simón, JuliánJulián Simón  Spain 2009 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Terol, NicolásNicolás Terol  Spain 2011 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Cortese, SandroSandro Cortese  Germany 2012 0 0 0 1 0 1
51 Degner, ErnstErnst Degner  Germany 1962 0 0 0 0 1 1
51 Bryans, RalphRalph Bryans  United Kingdom 1965 0 0 0 0 1 1
51 van Kessel, HenkHenk van Kessel  Netherlands 1974 0 0 0 0 1 1
51 Herreros, ManuelManuel Herreros  Spain 1989 0 0 0 0 1 1

By country[edit]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing World champions by country
Country MotoGP/500cc 350cc Moto2/250cc Moto3/125cc 80cc/50cc Total
 Italy 20 8 22 23 2 75
 United Kingdom 17 13 9 4 1 44
 Spain 4 0 9 16 12 41
 Germany 0 2 8 4 4 18
 United States 15 0 2 0 0 17
 Australia 8 1 1 1 0 11
 Rhodesia 1 5 2 0 0 8
 Japan 0 1 3 4 0 8
  Switzerland 0 0 0 4 4 8
 South Africa 0 3 2 0 0 5
 France 0 0 3 2 0 5
 New Zealand 0 0 0 2 2 4
 Venezuela 0 1 2 0 0 3
 Netherlands 0 0 0 0 3 3
 San Marino 0 0 1 1 0 2
 Sweden 0 0 0 2 0 2
 Finland 0 0 1 0 0 1
 Austria 0 0 0 1 0 1
 Hungary 0 0 0 1 0 1

References[edit]

Bibliography

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

General

Specific

  1. ^ Marshall 1997, p. 289
  2. ^ "Basics". MotoGP. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "History". MotoGP. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "2010 Moto2 class to be powered by Honda". MotoGP. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rossi's ninth title win: the statistics". MotoGP. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Winners". MotoGP. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 

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