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 1997: 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 riders' and constructors' 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 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 championships in 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.

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 Leslie Graham AJS 5 &
2 3 3 30 2
1950  Italy Umberto Masetti Gilera 6 &
2 4 1 28 1
1951  United Kingdom Geoff Dukedagger Norton 8 &
4 4 2 35 4
1952  Italy Umberto Masetti Gilera 8 &
2 4 2 28 3
1953  United Kingdom Geoff Duke Gilera 9 &
4 5 1 38 14
1954  United Kingdom Geoff Duke Gilera 9 &
5 6 4 40 20
1955  United Kingdom Geoff Duke Gilera 8 &
4 5 6 36 6
1956  United Kingdom John Surtees MV Agusta 6 &
3 3 2 24 8
1957  Italy Libero Liberati Gilera 6 &
4 5 1 32 12
1958  United Kingdom John Surtees MV Agusta 7 &
6 6 5 32 12
1959  United Kingdom John Surtees MV Agusta 7 &
7 7 6 32 10
1960  United Kingdom John Surtees MV Agusta 7 &
5 6 6 46 20
1961  Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hockingdagger MV Agusta 10 &
7 7 9 48 8
1962  United Kingdom Mike Hailwood MV Agusta 8 &
5 5 4 40 11
1963  United Kingdom Mike Hailwood MV Agusta 8 &
7 7 7 40 19
1964  United Kingdom Mike Hailwood MV Agusta 9 &
7 7 6 40 15
1965  United Kingdom Mike Hailwood MV Agusta 10 &
8 8 8 48 20
1966  Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 9 &
3 8 2 36 6
1967  Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 10 &
5 8 4 46 0
1968  Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 10 &
10 10 10 48 14
1969  Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 12 &
10 10 10 105 58
1970  Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 11 &
10 10 9 90 28
1971  Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 11 &
8 8 9 90 32
1972  Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 13 &
11 11 12 105 19
1973  United Kingdom Phil Read MV Agusta 11 &
4 8 1 84 20
1974  United Kingdom Phil Read MV Agusta 10 4 4 7 1 82 13
1975  Italy Giacomo Agostini Yamaha 10 2 4 6 4 84 8
1976  United Kingdom Barry Sheene Suzuki 10 4 5 6 3 72 24
1977  United Kingdom Barry Sheene Suzuki 10 7 6 7 6 107 27
1978  United States Kenny Roberts Yamaha 11 2 4 7 6 110 10
1979  United States Kenny Roberts Yamaha 12 5 5 7 4 113 24
1980  United States Kenny Roberts Yamaha 8 2 3 6 4 87 15
1981  Italy Marco Lucchinelli Suzuki 11 7 5 6 5 105 11
1982  Italy Franco Uncini Suzuki 12 1 5 7 1 103 27
1983  United States Freddie Spencer Honda 12 6 6 10 3 144 2
1984  United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha 12 2 4 9 3 142 31
1985  United States Freddie Spencer* Honda 12 10 7 10 6 141 8
1986  United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha 11 7 7 10 6 139 22
1987  Australia Wayne Gardner Honda 15 10 7 11 8 178 20
1988  United States Eddie Lawson Yamaha 15 2 7 12 5 252 23
1989  United States Eddie Lawson Honda 15 1 4 13 3 228 17.5
1990  United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 15 3 7 14 6 255 67
1991  United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 15 6 6 13 8 233 9
1992  United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha 13 0 3 8 3 140 4
1993  United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki 14 6 4 11 2 248 34
1994  Australia Mick Doohan Honda 14 6 9 14 7 317 143
1995  Australia Mick Doohan Honda 13 9 7 10 7 248 33
1996  Australia Mick Doohan Honda 15 8 8 12 4 309 64
1997  Australia Mick Doohan Honda 15 12 12 14 11 340 143
1998  Australia Mick Doohan Honda 14 8 8 11 3 260 52
1999  Spain Àlex Crivillé Honda 16 2 6 10 2 267 57
2000  United States Kenny Roberts, Jr. Suzuki 16 4 4 9 3 258 49
2001  Italy Valentino Rossi Honda 15 4 11 13 10 325 106
2002  Italy Valentino Rossi Honda 15 7 11 15 9 355 140
2003  Italy Valentino Rossi Honda 16 9 9 16 12 357 80
2004  Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 16 5 9 11 3 304 47
2005  Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 17 5 11 16 6 367 147
2006  United States Nicky Hayden Honda 17 1 2 10 2 252 5
2007  Australia Casey Stoner Ducati 18 4 10 14 6 367 125
2008  Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 18 2 9 16 6 373 93
2009  Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 17 7 6 13 6 306 45
2010  Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 18 7 9 16 4 383 138
2011  Australia Casey Stoner Honda 17 12 10 16 7 350 90
2012  Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 18 7 6 16 5 350 18
2013  Spain Marc Márquez Honda 18 9 6 16 11 334 4
2014  Spain Marc Márquez Honda 18 13 13 14 12 362 67
2015  Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 18 5 7 12 6 330 5
2016  Spain Marc Márquez Honda 18 7 5 12 4 298 49
2017  Spain Marc Márquez Honda 18 8 6 12 3 298 37

Multiple champions[edit]

500cc/MotoGP multiple champions
Rider Total Seasons
Italy Giacomo Agostini 8 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975
Italy Valentino Rossi 7 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009
Australia Mick Doohan 5 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
United Kingdom Geoff Duke 4 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955
United Kingdom John Surtees 4 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960
United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 4 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
United States Eddie Lawson 4 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989
Spain Marc Márquez 4 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
United States Kenny Roberts 3 1978, 1979, 1980
United States Wayne Rainey 3 1990, 1991, 1992
Spain Jorge Lorenzo 3 2010, 2012, 2015
Italy Umberto Masetti 2 1950, 1952
United Kingdom Phil Read 2 1973, 1974
United Kingdom Barry Sheene 2 1976, 1977
United States Freddie Spencer 2 1983, 1985
Australia Casey Stoner 2 2007, 2011
  • Bold indicates active rider.

By constructor[edit]

500cc/MotoGP champions by constructor
Constructor Total
Japan Honda 19
Italy MV Agusta 18
Japan Yamaha 17
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 8
 Rhodesia and Nyasaland 1 1

References[edit]

Bibliography

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

General

Specific

  1. ^ a b Marshall 1997, p. 289
  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 March 2012. 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.