Grand Prix motor racing has its roots in organized automobile racing that began in France as far back as 1894. It quickly evolved from a simple road race from one town to the next, to endurance tests for car and driver. Innovation and the drive of competition soon saw speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour (160 km/h). Here are the Top 10 Grand Prix Motocycle Racers.
Top 10 Grand Prix Motocycle Racers
At number 1 of Top 10 Grand Prix Motocycle Racers, Valentino Rossi is an Italian professional motorcycle racer and multiple MotoGP World Champion. He is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with nine Grand Prix World Championships to his name – seven of which are in the premier class.
At the 2nd position of Top 10 Grand Prix Motocycle Racers, Jorge Lorenzo Guerrero is a professional Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He is the 2006 and 2007 250cc World Champion, and 2010, 2012 and 2015 MotoGP World Champion. Lorenzo currently competes in the MotoGP class, riding for the Yamaha team. He is signed up to race for Ducati from 2017. Apart from his three titles in the premier class, Lorenzo has also finished as runner-up on three occasions.
At the 3rd position of Top 10 Grand Prix Motocycle Racers, Dani Pedrosa is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer who has been riding for the Repsol Honda team in the MotoGP class since 2006. He won the 125cc World Championship in 2003 and the 250cc World Championship in 2004 and 2005, becoming the youngest world champion in the 250cc class. Pedro is also the second-youngest winner in the Premier Class after he won the Chinese Grand Prix race in May 2006.
At 4th position of Top 10 Grand Prix Motocycle Racers, Marc Marquez won the 2013 MotoGP World Championship, becoming the youngest world champion in the class at the age of 20. Marquez is one of the four riders to win at least one 125 cc, Moto 2 and MotoGP World Championship. The 21-year-old Spaniard drives bike number 93 for the Repsol Honda Team. He has a yearly salary of $4 million.
Nicky Hayden won the MotoGP World Championship in 2006 riding for Honda. His 10-year relationship with Honda, that lasted from 2003 to 2008, ended in September 2008, after it was announced that he would be joining the Ducati Marlboro Team for the 2009 MotoGP season. Hayden has 3 MotoGP wins and 28 MotoGP podiums under his belt. He finished 9th in the 2013 Championship with 126 points.
Bradl is a German Grand Prix motorcycle racer currently riding bike number 6 for LCR Honda team in the MotoGP class. He moved up to the Moto2 class of Grand Prix racing in 2010, and the 2011 season was his most celebrated time at that level. In 2011, Bradl won the World Championship in spectacular fashion.
Bautista made his way into MotoGP in the 2010 season, after signing with team Suzuki. He currently drives for the Honda-equipped Gresini Racing team with bike number 19. Baustista made his international debut in the 2002 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season.
Crutchlow is an English Grand Prix motorcycle racer, a former British Supersport Champion, British Superbike race winner and the 2009 Supersport World Champion. He began competing in the MotoGP class since 2011, joining Tech 3 for the 2013 MotoGP Championship. The 28-year-old finished the season in 12th position, and was named the “Rookie of the Year”.
Dovizioso won the 125cc World Championship in 2004. He moved up to the MotoGP class in September 2007, achieving a highly credible fourth place finish in his premier class debut. He become one of Honda’s most consistent riders throughout that season, finishing fourth and fifth several times, and achieving a 3rd place podium finish at the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang.
Edwards is a 39-year-old American professional motorcycle racer. He is a two-time World Superbike champion and a record holder for the most points in a single season with 552 in the championship. ‘Texas tornado’ Edwards finished 14th in the 2013 MotoGP World Championship standings with 41 points. He has a yearly salary of $950,000.
Grand Prix motorcycles are purpose-built racing machines that are neither available for purchase by the general public nor able to be ridden legally on public roads. This contrasts with the various production-based categories of racing, such as the Superbike World Championship and the Isle of Man TT Races that feature modified versions of road-going motorcycles available to the public.
So these were the top 10 Grand Prix Motocycle Racers. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments down below.