List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions by year

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The following is a list of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions from 1949 to 2011, in order of class and year.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing is the premier championship of motorcycle road racing, which has been divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3. Classes that have been discontinued include 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc, 80cc, 50cc and Sidecar. 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.[1]

There were five classes when the championship started in 1949; 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc and sidecar (600cc). The 50cc class was introduced in 1962. 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. The sidecar class left the series to form its own championship after 1996. In 2002, 990cc bikes replaced the 500c bikes and the class was renamed as MotoGP.[2] 660cc bikes replaced the 250cc bikes in 2010, with the class rebranded as Moto2.[3] Starting 2012, the Moto3 class (250cc one cylinder) will replace the 125cc class.

The 750cc was never part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing series.

Sidecars had 600 cc engines in the first two years, after which they were replaced by 500cc engines. In 1979 the FIM created a prototype sidecar class named B2B, as opposed to the traditional B2A. Prototypes were banned in 1980, but from 1981 onwards prototypes were allowed again, this time without having a separate class.

The Riders' World Championship is awarded to the most successful rider over a season, as determined by a points system based on Grand Prix results. The constructors listed in this table are the bike that the world champions rode during that winning season and are not necessarily the winner of the constructor's world championship in that season. For sidecar champions, the passenger name is in italics.

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Year 500cc 350cc 250cc 125cc Sidecar
1949 United Kingdom Leslie Graham (AJS) United Kingdom Freddie Frith (Velocette) Italy Bruno Ruffo (Moto Guzzi) Italy Nello Pagani (Mondial) United Kingdom Eric Oliver
United Kingdom Denis Jenkinson
(Norton)
1950 Italy Umberto Masetti (Gilera) United Kingdom Bob Foster (Velocette) Italy Dario Ambrosini (Benelli) Italy Bruno Ruffo (Mondial) United Kingdom Eric Oliver
Italy Lorenzo Dobelli
(Norton)
1951 United Kingdom Geoff Duke (Norton) United Kingdom Geoff Duke (Norton) Italy Bruno Ruffo (Moto Guzzi) Italy Carlo Ubbiali (Mondial) United Kingdom Eric Oliver
Italy Lorenzo Dobelli
(Norton)
1952 Italy Umberto Masetti (Gilera) United Kingdom Geoff Duke (Norton) Italy Enrico Lorenzetti (Moto Guzzi) United Kingdom Cecil Sandford (MV Agusta) United Kingdom Cyril Smith
United KingdomBob Clements
United KingdomLes Nutt

(Norton)
1953 United Kingdom Geoff Duke (Gilera) United Kingdom Fergus Anderson (Moto Guzzi) West Germany Werner Haas (NSU) West Germany Werner Haas (NSU) United Kingdom Eric Oliver
United Kingdom Stanley Dibben
(Norton)
1954 United Kingdom Geoff Duke (Gilera) United Kingdom Fergus Anderson (Moto Guzzi) West Germany Werner Haas (NSU) Austria Rupert Hollaus (NSU) West Germany Wilhelm Noll
West Germany Fritz Cron
(BMW)
1955 United Kingdom Geoff Duke (Gilera) United Kingdom Bill Lomas (Moto Guzzi) West Germany Hermann Paul Müller (NSU) Italy Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta) West Germany Willi Faust
West Germany Karl Remmert
(BMW)
1956 United Kingdom John Surtees (MV Agusta) United Kingdom Bill Lomas (Moto Guzzi) Italy Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta) Italy Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta) West Germany Wilhelm Noll
West Germany Fritz Cron
(BMW)
1957 Italy Libero Liberati (Gilera) Australia Keith Campbell (Moto Guzzi) United Kingdom Cecil Sandford (Mondial) Italy Tarquinio Provini (Mondial) West Germany Fritz Hillebrand
West Germany Manfred Grunwahl
(BMW)
1958 United Kingdom John Surtees (MV Agusta) United Kingdom John Surtees (MV Agusta) Italy Tarquinio Provini (MV Agusta) Italy Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta) West Germany Walter Schneider
West Germany Hans Strauß
(BMW)
1959 United Kingdom John Surtees (MV Agusta) United Kingdom John Surtees (MV Agusta) Italy Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta) Italy Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta) West Germany Walter Schneider
West Germany Hans Strauß
(BMW)
1960 United Kingdom John Surtees (MV Agusta) United Kingdom John Surtees (MV Agusta) Italy Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta) Italy Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta) West Germany Helmut Fath
West Germany Alfred Wohlgemuth
(BMW)
1961 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking (MV Agusta) Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking (MV Agusta) United Kingdom Mike Hailwood (Honda) Australia Tom Phillis (Honda) West Germany Max Deubel
West Germany Emil Hörner
(BMW)
Year 500cc 350cc 250cc 125cc 50cc Sidecar
1962 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood
(MV Agusta)
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Jim Redman
(Honda)
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Jim Redman
(Honda)
Switzerland Luigi Taveri
(Honda)
West Germany Ernst Degner
(Suzuki)
West Germany Max Deubel
West Germany Emil Hörner
(BMW)
1963 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood
(MV Agusta)
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Jim Redman
(Honda)
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Jim Redman
(Honda)
New Zealand Hugh Anderson
(Suzuki)
New Zealand Hugh Anderson
(Suzuki)
West Germany Max Deubel
West Germany Emil Hörner
(BMW)
1964 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood
(MV Agusta)
Rhodesia Jim Redman
(Honda)
United Kingdom Phil Read
(Yamaha)
Switzerland Luigi Taveri
(Honda)
New Zealand Hugh Anderson
(Suzuki)
West Germany Max Deubel
West Germany Emil Hörner
(BMW)
1965 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood
(MV Agusta)
Rhodesia Jim Redman
(Honda)
United Kingdom Phil Read
(Yamaha)
New Zealand Hugh Anderson
(Suzuki)
United Kingdom Ralph Bryans
(Honda)
Switzerland Fritz Scheidegger
United Kingdom John Robinson
(BMW)
1966 Italy Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
United Kingdom Mike Hailwood
(Honda)
United Kingdom Mike Hailwood
(Honda)
Switzerland Luigi Taveri
(Honda)
West Germany Hans-Georg Anscheidt
(Suzuki)
Switzerland Fritz Scheidegger
United Kingdom John Robinson
(BMW)
1967 Italy Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
United Kingdom Mike Hailwood
(Honda)
United Kingdom Mike Hailwood
(Honda)
United Kingdom Bill Ivy
(Yamaha)
West Germany Hans-Georg Anscheidt
(Suzuki)
West Germany Klaus Enders
West Germany Ralf Engelhardt
(BMW)
1968 Italy Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Italy Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
United Kingdom Phil Read
(Yamaha)
United Kingdom Phil Read
(Yamaha)
West Germany Hans-Georg Anscheidt
(Suzuki)
West Germany Helmut Fath
West Germany Wolfgang Kalauch
(URS)
1969 Italy Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Italy Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Australia Kel Carruthers
(Benelli)
United Kingdom Dave Simmonds
(Kawasaki)
Spain Ángel Nieto
(Derbi)
West Germany Klaus Enders
West Germany Ralf Engelhardt
(BMW)
1970 Italy Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Italy Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
United Kingdom Rodney Gould
(Yamaha)
West Germany Dieter Braun
(Suzuki)
Spain Ángel Nieto
(Derbi)
West Germany Klaus Enders
West Germany Ralf Engelhardt
West Germany Wolfgang Kalauch
(BMW)
1971 Italy Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Italy Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
United Kingdom Phil Read
(Yamaha)
Spain Ángel Nieto
(Derbi)
Netherlands Jan de Vries
(Kreidler)
West Germany Horst Owesle
West Germany Julius Kremer
United Kingdom Peter Rutterford
(Münch-URS)
1972 Italy Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Italy Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Finland Jarno Saarinen
(Yamaha)
Spain Ángel Nieto
(Derbi)
Spain Ángel Nieto
(Derbi)
West Germany Klaus Enders
West Germany Ralf Engelhardt
(BMW)
1973 United Kingdom Phil Read
(MV Agusta)
Italy Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
West Germany Dieter Braun
(Yamaha)
Sweden Kent Andersson
(Yamaha)
Netherlands Jan de Vries
(Kreidler)
West Germany Klaus Enders
West Germany Ralf Engelhardt
(BMW)
1974 United Kingdom Phil Read
(MV Agusta)
Italy Giacomo Agostini
(Yamaha)
Italy Walter Villa
(Harley-Davidson)
Sweden Kent Andersson
(Yamaha)
Netherlands Henk van Kessel
(Kreidler-Van Veen)
West Germany Klaus Enders
West Germany Ralf Engelhardt
(Busch-BMW)
1975 Italy Giacomo Agostini
(Yamaha)
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
(Yamaha)
Italy Walter Villa
(Harley-Davidson)
Italy Paolo Pileri
(Morbidelli)
Spain Ángel Nieto
(Kreidler)
West Germany Rolf Steinhausen
West Germany Josef Huber
(Busch-König)
1976 United Kingdom Barry Sheene
(Suzuki)
Italy Walter Villa
(Harley-Davidson)
Italy Walter Villa
(Harley-Davidson)
Italy Pier Paolo Bianchi
(Morbidelli)
Spain Ángel Nieto
(Bultaco)
West Germany Rolf Steinhausen
West Germany Josef Huber
(Busch-König)
1977 United Kingdom Barry Sheene
(Suzuki)
Japan Takazumi Katayama
(Yamaha)
Italy Mario Lega
(Morbidelli)
Italy Pier Paolo Bianchi
(Morbidelli)
Spain Ángel Nieto
(Bultaco)
United Kingdom George O'Dell
United KingdomKenny Arthur
United KingdomCliff Holland

(Windle-Yamaha) (Seymaz-Yamaha)
1978 United States Kenny Roberts
(Yamaha)
South Africa Kork Ballington
(Kawasaki)
South Africa Kork Ballington
(Kawasaki)
Italy Eugenio Lazzarini
(MBA)
Spain Ricardo Tormo
(Bultaco)
Switzerland Rolf Biland
United Kingdom Kenneth Williams
(TTM-Yamaha) (BEO-Yamaha)
Year 500cc 350cc 250cc 125cc 50cc Sidecar B2A Sidecar B2B
1979 United States Kenny Roberts
(Yamaha)
South Africa Kork Ballington
(Kawasaki)
South Africa Kork Ballington
(Kawasaki)
Spain Ángel Nieto
(Minarelli)
Italy Eugenio Lazzarini
(Kreidler)
Switzerland Rolf Biland
Switzerland Kurt Waltisperg
(Schmid-Yamaha)
Switzerland Bruno Holzer
Switzerland Charlie Maierhans
(LCR-Yamaha)
Year 500cc 350cc 250cc 125cc 50cc Sidecar
1980 United States Kenny Roberts
(Yamaha)
South Africa Jon Ekerold
(Yamaha)
West Germany Anton Mang
(Kawasaki)
Italy Pier Paolo Bianchi
(MBA)
Italy Eugenio Lazzarini
(Iprem)
United Kingdom Jock Taylor
Sweden Benga Johansson
(Windle-Yamaha)
1981 Italy Marco Lucchinelli
(Suzuki)
West Germany Anton Mang
(Kawasaki)
West Germany Anton Mang
(Kawasaki)
Spain Ángel Nieto
(Minarelli)
Spain Ricardo Tormo
(Motul-Bultaco)
Switzerland Rolf Biland
Switzerland Kurt Waltisperg
(LCR-Yamaha)
1982 Italy Franco Uncini
(Suzuki)
West Germany Anton Mang
(Kawasaki)
France Jean-Louis Tournadre
(Yamaha)
Spain Ángel Nieto
(Garelli)
Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger
(Kreidler)
West Germany Werner Schwärzel
West Germany Andreas Huber
(Seymaz-Yamaha)
Year 500cc 250cc 125cc 50cc Sidecar
1983 United States Freddie Spencer (Honda) Venezuela Carlos Lavado (Yamaha) Spain Ángel Nieto (Garelli) Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger (Krauser) Switzerland Rolf Biland
Switzerland Kurt Waltisperg
(LCR-Yamaha)
Year 500cc 250cc 125cc 80cc Sidecar
1984 United States Eddie Lawson (Yamaha) France Christian Sarron (Yamaha) Spain Ángel Nieto (Garelli) Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger (Zündapp) Netherlands Egbert Streuer
Netherlands Bernie Schnieders
(LCR-Yamaha)
1985 United States Freddie Spencer (Honda) United States Freddie Spencer (Honda) Italy Fausto Gresini (Garelli) Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger (Krauser) Netherlands Egbert Streuer
Netherlands Bernie Schnieders
(LCR-Yamaha)
1986 United States Eddie Lawson (Yamaha) Venezuela Carlos Lavado (Yamaha) Italy Luca Cadalora (Garelli) Spain Jorge Martínez (Derbi) Netherlands Egbert Streuer
Netherlands Bernie Schnieders
(LCR-Yamaha)
1987 Australia Wayne Gardner (Honda) Germany Anton Mang (Honda) Italy Fausto Gresini (Garelli) Spain Jorge Martínez (Derbi) United Kingdom Steve Webster
United Kingdom Tony Hewitt
(LCR-Krauser)
1988 United States Eddie Lawson (Yamaha) Spain Sito Pons (Honda) Spain Jorge Martínez (Derbi) Spain Jorge Martínez (Derbi) United Kingdom Steve Webster
United KingdomTony Hewitt
United KingdomGavin Simmons

(LCR-Krauser)
1989 United States Eddie Lawson (Honda) Spain Sito Pons (Honda) Spain Àlex Crivillé (JJ Cobas) Spain Manuel Herreros (Derbi) United Kingdom Steve Webster
United Kingdom Tony Hewitt
(LCR-Krauser)
Year 500cc 250cc 125cc Sidecar
1990 United States Wayne Rainey (Yamaha) United States John Kocinski (Yamaha) Italy Loris Capirossi (Honda) France Alain Michel
United Kingdom Simon Birchall
(LCR-Krauser)
1991 United States Wayne Rainey (Yamaha) Italy Luca Cadalora (Honda) Italy Loris Capirossi (Honda) United Kingdom Steve Webster
United Kingdom Gavin Simmons
(LCR-Krauser)
1992 United States Wayne Rainey (Yamaha) Italy Luca Cadalora (Honda) Italy Alessandro Gramigni (Aprilia) Switzerland Rolf Biland
Switzerland Kurt Waltisperg
(LCR-Krauser)
1993 United States Kevin Schwantz (Suzuki) Japan Tetsuya Harada (Yamaha) Germany Dirk Raudies (Honda) Switzerland Rolf Biland
Switzerland Kurt Waltisperg
(LCR-Krauser)
1994 Australia Michael Doohan (Honda) Italy Max Biaggi (Aprilia) Japan Kazuto Sakata (Aprilia) Switzerland Rolf Biland
Switzerland Kurt Waltisperg
(LCR-Swissauto)
1995 Australia Michael Doohan (Honda) Italy Max Biaggi (Aprilia) Japan Haruchika Aoki (Honda) United Kingdom Darren Dixon
United Kingdom Andy Hetherington
(Windle-ADM)
1996 Australia Michael Doohan (Honda) Italy Max Biaggi (Aprilia) Japan Haruchika Aoki (Honda) United Kingdom Darren Dixon
United Kingdom Andy Hetherington
(Windle-ADM)
Year 500cc 250cc 125cc
1997 Australia Michael Doohan (Honda) Italy Max Biaggi (Honda) Italy Valentino Rossi (Aprilia)
1998 Australia Michael Doohan (Honda) Italy Loris Capirossi (Aprilia) Japan Kazuto Sakata (Aprilia)
1999 Spain Àlex Crivillé (Honda) Italy Valentino Rossi (Aprilia) Spain Emilio Alzamora (Honda)
2000 United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. (Suzuki) France Olivier Jacque (Yamaha) Italy Roberto Locatelli (Aprilia)
2001 Italy Valentino Rossi (Honda) Japan Daijiro Kato (Honda) San Marino Manuel Poggiali (Gilera)
Year MotoGP 250cc 125cc
2002 Italy Valentino Rossi (Honda) Italy Marco Melandri (Aprilia) France Arnaud Vincent (Aprilia)
2003 Italy Valentino Rossi (Honda) San Marino Manuel Poggiali (Aprilia) Spain Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
2004 Italy Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) Spain Dani Pedrosa (Honda) Italy Andrea Dovizioso (Honda)
2005 Italy Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) Spain Dani Pedrosa (Honda) Switzerland Thomas Lüthi (Honda)
2006 United States Nicky Hayden (Honda) Spain Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia) Spain Álvaro Bautista (Aprilia)
2007 Australia Casey Stoner (Ducati) Spain Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia) Hungary Gábor Talmácsi (Aprilia)
2008 Italy Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) Italy Marco Simoncelli (Gilera) France Mike di Meglio (Derbi)
2009 Italy Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) Japan Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) Spain Julián Simón (Aprilia)
Year MotoGP Moto2 125cc
2010 Spain Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) Spain Toni Elías (Moriwaki) Spain Marc Márquez (Derbi)
2011 Australia Casey Stoner (Honda) Germany Stefan Bradl (Kalex) Spain Nicolás Terol (Aprilia)
Year MotoGP Moto2 Moto3
2012 Spain Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) Spain Marc Márquez (Suter) Germany Sandro Cortese (KTM)
2013 Spain Marc Márquez (Honda) Spain Pol Espargaró (Kalex) Spain Maverick Viñales (KTM)
2014 Spain Marc Márquez (Honda) Spain Tito Rabat (Kalex) Spain Alex Márquez (Honda)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Basics". MotoGP. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "History". MotoGP. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "2010 Moto2 class to be powered by Honda". MotoGP. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 

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