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 seven and six victories respectively.[6]

Champions[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 Giacomo Agostini  Italy 1966–1975 8 7 0 0 0 15
2 Ángel Nieto  Spain 1969–1984 0 0 0 7 6 13
3 Valentino Rossi  Italy 1997–2009 7 0 1 1 0 9
3 Mike Hailwood  United Kingdom 1961–1967 4 2 3 0 0 9
3 Carlo Ubbiali  Italy 1951–1960 0 0 3 6 0 9
6 John Surtees  United Kingdom 1956–1960 4 3 0 0 0 7
6 Phil Read  United Kingdom 1964–1974 2 0 4 1 0 7
8 Marc Márquez  Spain 2010–2017 4 0 1 1 0 6
8 Geoff Duke  United Kingdom 1951–1955 4 2 0 0 0 6
8 Jim Redman  Rhodesia 1962–1965 0 4 2 0 0 6
11 Mick Doohan  Australia 1994–1998 5 0 0 0 0 5
11 Jorge Lorenzo  Spain 2006–2015 3 0 2 0 0 5
11 Anton Mang  Germany 1980–1987 0 2 3 0 0 5
14 Eddie Lawson  United States 1984–1989 4 0 0 0 0 4
14 Kork Ballington  South Africa 1978–1979 0 2 2 0 0 4
14 Walter Villa  Italy 1974–1976 0 1 3 0 0 4
14 Max Biaggi  Italy 1994–1997 0 0 4 0 0 4
14 Hugh Anderson  New Zealand 1963–1965 0 0 0 2 2 4
14 Jorge Martínez  Spain 1986–1988 0 0 0 1 3 4
14 Stefan Dörflinger   Switzerland 1982–1985 0 0 0 0 4 4
21 Kenny Roberts  United States 1978–1980 3 0 0 0 0 3
21 Wayne Rainey  United States 1990–1992 3 0 0 0 0 3
21 Freddie Spencer  United States 1983–1985 2 0 1 0 0 3
21 Bruno Ruffo  Italy 1949–1951 0 0 2 1 0 3
21 Werner Haas  Germany 1953–1954 0 0 2 1 0 3
21 Luca Cadalora  Italy 1986–1992 0 0 2 1 0 3
21 Dani Pedrosa  Spain 2003–2005 0 0 2 1 0 3
21 Loris Capirossi  Italy 1990–1998 0 0 1 2 0 3
21 Luigi Taveri   Switzerland 1962–1966 0 0 0 3 0 3
21 Pier Paolo Bianchi  Italy 1976–1980 0 0 0 3 0 3
21 Hans Georg Anscheidt  Germany 1966–1968 0 0 0 0 3 3
21 Eugenio Lazzarini  Italy 1978–1980 0 0 0 1 2 3
33 Umberto Masetti  Italy 1950–1952 2 0 0 0 0 2
33 Barry Sheene  United Kingdom 1976–1977 2 0 0 0 0 2
33 Casey Stoner  Australia 2007–2011 2 0 0 0 0 2
33 Gary Hocking  Rhodesia and Nyasaland 1961 1 1 0 0 0 2
33 Àlex Crivillé  Spain 1989–1999 1 0 0 1 0 2
33 Bill Lomas  United Kingdom 1955–1956 0 2 0 0 0 2
33 Fergus Anderson  United Kingdom 1953–1954 0 2 0 0 0 2
33 Carlos Lavado  Venezuela 1983–1986 0 0 2 0 0 2
33 Sito Pons  Spain 1988–1989 0 0 2 0 0 2
33 Johann Zarco  France 2015–2016 0 0 2 0 0 2
33 Cecil Sandford  United Kingdom 1952–1957 0 0 1 1 0 2
33 Tarquinio Provini  Italy 1957–1958 0 0 1 1 0 2
33 Dieter Braun  Germany 1970–1973 0 0 1 1 0 2
33 Manuel Poggiali  San Marino 2001–2003 0 0 1 1 0 2
33 Kent Andersson  Sweden 1973–1974 0 0 0 2 0 2
33 Fausto Gresini  Italy 1985–1987 0 0 0 2 0 2
33 Kazuto Sakata  Japan 1994–1998 0 0 0 2 0 2
33 Haruchika Aoki  Japan 1995–1996 0 0 0 2 0 2
33 Jan de Vries  Netherlands 1971–1973 0 0 0 0 2 2
33 Ricardo Tormo  Spain 1978–1981 0 0 0 0 2 2
53 Leslie Graham  United Kingdom 1949 1 0 0 0 0 1
53 Libero Liberati  Italy 1957 1 0 0 0 0 1
53 Marco Lucchinelli  Italy 1981 1 0 0 0 0 1
53 Franco Uncini  Italy 1982 1 0 0 0 0 1
53 Wayne Gardner  Australia 1987 1 0 0 0 0 1
53 Kevin Schwantz  United States 1993 1 0 0 0 0 1
53 Kenny Roberts, Jr.  United States 2000 1 0 0 0 0 1
53 Nicky Hayden  United States 2006 1 0 0 0 0 1
53 Freddie Frith  United Kingdom 1949 0 1 0 0 0 1
53 Bob Foster  United Kingdom 1950 0 1 0 0 0 1
53 Keith Campbell  Australia 1957 0 1 0 0 0 1
53 Johnny Cecotto  Venezuela 1975 0 1 0 0 0 1
53 Takazumi Katayama  Japan 1977 0 1 0 0 0 1
53 Jon Ekerold  South Africa 1980 0 1 0 0 0 1
53 Dario Ambrosini  Italy 1950 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Enrico Lorenzetti  Italy 1952 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Hermann Paul Müller  Germany 1955 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Rodney Gould  United Kingdom 1970 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Kel Carruthers  Australia 1969 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Jarno Saarinen  Finland 1972 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Mario Lega  Italy 1977 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Jean-Louis Tournadre  France 1982 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Christian Sarron  France 1984 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 John Kocinski  United States 1990 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Tetsuya Harada  Japan 1993 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Olivier Jacque  France 2000 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Daijiro Kato  Japan 2001 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Marco Melandri  Italy 2002 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Marco Simoncelli  Italy 2008 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Hiroshi Aoyama  Japan 2009 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Toni Elías  Spain 2010 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Stefan Bradl  Germany 2011 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Pol Espargaró  Spain 2013 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Esteve Rabat  Spain 2014 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Franco Morbidelli  Italy 2017 0 0 1 0 0 1
53 Nello Pagani  Italy 1949 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Rupert Hollaus  Austria 1954 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Tom Phillis  Australia 1961 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Bill Ivy  United Kingdom 1967 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Dave Simmonds  United Kingdom 1969 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Paolo Pileri  Italy 1975 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Alessandro Gramigni  Italy 1992 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Dirk Raudies  Germany 1993 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Emilio Alzamora  Spain 1999 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Roberto Locatelli  Italy 2000 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Arnaud Vincent  France 2002 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Andrea Dovizioso  Italy 2004 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Thomas Lüthi   Switzerland 2005 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Álvaro Bautista  Spain 2006 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Gábor Talmácsi  Hungary 2007 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Mike Di Meglio  France 2008 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Julián Simón  Spain 2009 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Nicolás Terol  Spain 2011 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Sandro Cortese  Germany 2012 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Maverick Viñales  Spain 2013 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Alex Márquez  Spain 2014 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Danny Kent  United Kingdom 2015 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Brad Binder  South Africa 2016 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Joan Mir  Spain 2017 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Ernst Degner  Germany 1962 0 0 0 0 1 1
53 Ralph Bryans  United Kingdom 1965 0 0 0 0 1 1
53 Henk van Kessel  Netherlands 1974 0 0 0 0 1 1
53 Manuel 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 24 23 2 77
 Spain 8 0 10 18 12 48
 United Kingdom 17 13 9 5 1 45
 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 1 0 6
 France 0 0 4 2 0 6
 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

See also[edit]

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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