Are you a MotoGP enthusiast? Can you list the best riders on the circuit that have thrilled fans over the generations? If you remember, you probably know some of the drivers listed in our ranking. But for the curious, here is the list of the 10 best handlebars of all time.
10. Casey Stoner
Number of world titles in Moto GP: 2 (2007, 2011)
Australian driver Casey Stoner is a two-time world champion. He started in Moto GP in 2006 with a Honda. The following year, he joined Ducati and won the first world title ahead of Valentino Rossi. 5 years later, he returns to Honda. It was with the Repsol Honda team that he won his second world title, finishing ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. He is the tenth driver of all time in our ranking.
9. Jorge Lorenzo
Number of world titles in Moto GP: 3 (2010, 2012, 2015)
Spanish driver Jorge Lorenzo was crowned three-time world champion in 2010, 2012 and 2015. He finished in the runner-up position 3 times behind drivers such as Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and Marc Márquez. This is one of the most beautiful MotoGP records. It ranks ninth in our top 10.
8. Kenny Roberts
Number of MotoGP world titles: 3 (1978, 1979, 1980)
American rider Kenny Roberts is a major MotoGP figure. He won 3 world titles in a row during his first 3 appearances throughout his career. He continued in Moto GP until 1983, when he finished runner-up just 2 points behind Freddie Spencer. With his three world titles, Kenny Roberts remains one of the best riders in MotoGP history. It is the eighth handlebar of all time.
7. Eddie Lawson
Number of world titles in Moto GP: 4 (1984, 1986, 1988, 1989)
Eddie Lawson is an American Moto GP rider who has won a total of 4 world championship titles in his sport. Considered a worthy successor to Kenny Roberts at Yamaha, it was with this manufacturer that he won 3 titles (1984, 1986 and 1988). In 1989, Eddie Lawson joined the Rothmans Honda team with which he won the final championship title. With this new victory, the American goes a little deeper into history. He became the first motorcyclist to be crowned champion for two years in a row by two different manufacturers. This sacred performance is worth it to be ranked 7th in our ranking.
6. John Surtees
Number of MotoGP world titles: 4 (1956, 1958, 1959, 1960)
The fourth driver of all time in our ranking is the British John Surtees. He won 4 world titles between 1956 and 1960. He is the only one to have won MotoGP and Formula 1 titles. His hegemony in MotoGP began in 1956, the year of his first world title in 500cc.
Between 1958 and 1960, John Surtees won 3 consecutive world championship titles in 500 cm3, but also 3 world titles in 350 cm3. In 1960 he joined Formula 1 where he became world champion in 1964. He is our sixth driver of all time.
5. Mike Hailwood
Number of MotoGP world titles: 4 (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965)
Like John Sturtees, British driver Mike Hailwood also won four world titles. He is a well-known and respected pilot, especially at home in England. He also took part in car races such as Formula 1 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. For all these reasons, it ranks 5th in our ranking of the best motoGP riders of all time.
4. Mick Doohan
Number of MotoGP world titles: 5 (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Mick Doohan is an Australian Moto GP rider who has won 5 world championship titles. Between 1994 and 1998 he achieved 5 consecutive victories in this sport. The rider was the first to achieve this performance since Augustine in the 1960s. In 1997, Mick Doohan won 12 of the 15 races of the season. Which is at least a MotoGP record. This performance will be surpassed in 2014 by Marc Márquez. After another accident and serious injury, Mick Doohan retired from the track in 1999. He retired from the sport. Therefore, it is logical that we place it in the 5th box of our top 10.
3. Marc Márquez
Number of MotoGP world titles: 6 (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
The talented Spanish rider Marc Márquez started in 125cc at the age of 15 and became world champion in this category in 2010 at the age of 17. He joined moto2, where he was also crowned world champion in 2012. A year later, the young prodigy made his Moto GP debut.
In his first race, he finished on the podium. Marc Márquez is living an exceptional season at the end of which he becomes the youngest world champion in Moto GP history at just 20 years old. Since that first victory, he has added 5 more world titles to his roster, including 4 in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). But an injury in 2020 prevented him from finishing the season. Marc is our third best driver of all time.
2. Giacomo Agostini
Number of MotoGP world titles: 8 (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975)
Are you looking for the most successful motoGP rider? Giacomo Agostini is the only one in the history of this sport. Between 1966 and 1975, the Italian dominated not only the queen category of 500 cc, but also that of 350 cc. The professionalism of the driver as well as the way he prepares his races differentiate him from the other drivers. It is rightly included in the ranking of the best in the discipline. It could have been the first on our list.
Giacomo Agostini won his first world title in 1966 in 500cc. He will keep it for the next 7 years (1966 to 1972). 3 years later, he wins one last title. In 350cc, he also won 7 consecutive world titles between 1968 and 1974. With a total of 15 world titles, the Italian rider has a record that will be hard to beat. It is the second handlebars in MotoGP history.
1. Valentino Rossi
Number of MotoGP world titles: 7 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009)
Italian driver Valentino Rossi is still taking part in the world championship today at the age of 42. He debuted in 125cc in 1996, and won the world title in 1997 before moving on to 250cc. In this category, Rossi won the title of world champion in the second year before joining the queen category.
Between 2001 and 2005, Valentino Rossi won 5 consecutive Moto GP world titles. The Italian driver again won two titles in 2008 and 2009. Rossi’s career is exceptionally long with the added advantage of a season 21 in the elite category in 2022. The Italian driver holds the record for race victories. GP bike or the name of the podium. Valentino Rossi for his performances is the first Moto GP rider in our ranking of the best of all time.