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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.

Contents

ChampionsEdit

Key
  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 seasonEdit

500cc/MotoGP champions
Season Country Rider Constructor Grands Prix Poles Wins Podiums Fastest laps Points Margin
1949   United Kingdom Graham, LeslieLeslie Graham AJS 5 &
2 3 3 30 2
1950   Italy Masetti, UmbertoUmberto Masetti Gilera 6 &
2 4 1 28 1
1951   United Kingdom Duke, GeoffGeoff Duke  Norton 8 &
4 4 2 35 4
1952   Italy Masetti, UmbertoUmberto Masetti Gilera 8 &
2 4 2 28 3
1953   United Kingdom Duke, GeoffGeoff Duke Gilera 9 &
4 5 1 38 14
1954   United Kingdom Duke, GeoffGeoff Duke Gilera 9 &
5 6 4 40 20
1955   United Kingdom Duke, GeoffGeoff Duke Gilera 8 &
4 5 6 36 6
1956   United Kingdom Surtees, JohnJohn Surtees MV Agusta 6 &
3 3 2 24 8
1957   Italy Liberati, LiberoLibero Liberati Gilera 6 &
4 5 1 32 12
1958   United Kingdom Surtees, JohnJohn Surtees MV Agusta 7 &
6 6 5 32 12
1959   United Kingdom Surtees, JohnJohn Surtees MV Agusta 7 &
7 7 6 32 10
1960   United Kingdom Surtees, JohnJohn Surtees MV Agusta 7 &
5 6 6 46 20
1961   Rhodesia and Nyasaland Hocking, GaryGary Hocking  MV Agusta 10 &
7 7 9 48 8
1962   United Kingdom Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood MV Agusta 8 &
5 5 4 40 11
1963   United Kingdom Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood MV Agusta 8 &
7 7 7 40 19
1964   United Kingdom Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood MV Agusta 9 &
7 7 6 40 15
1965   United Kingdom Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood MV Agusta 10 &
8 8 8 48 20
1966   Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini MV Agusta 9 &
3 8 2 36 6
1967   Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini MV Agusta 10 &
5 8 4 46 0
1968   Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini MV Agusta 10 &
10 10 10 48 14
1969   Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini MV Agusta 12 &
10 10 10 105 58
1970   Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini MV Agusta 11 &
10 10 9 90 28
1971   Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini MV Agusta 11 &
8 8 9 90 32
1972   Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini MV Agusta 13 &
11 11 12 105 19
1973   United Kingdom Read, PhilPhil Read MV Agusta 11 &
4 8 1 84 20
1974   United Kingdom Read, PhilPhil Read MV Agusta 10 4 4 7 1 82 13
1975   Italy Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini Yamaha 10 2 4 6 4 84 8
1976   United Kingdom Sheene, BarryBarry Sheene Suzuki 10 4 5 6 3 72 24
1977   United Kingdom Sheene, BarryBarry Sheene Suzuki 10 7 6 7 6 107 27
1978   United States Roberts, KennyKenny Roberts Yamaha 11 2 4 7 6 110 10
1979   United States Roberts, KennyKenny Roberts Yamaha 12 5 5 7 4 113 24
1980   United States Roberts, KennyKenny Roberts Yamaha 8 2 3 6 4 87 15
1981   Italy Lucchinelli, MarcoMarco Lucchinelli Suzuki 11 7 5 6 5 105 11
1982   Italy Uncini, FrancoFranco Uncini Suzuki 12 1 5 7 1 103 27
1983   United States Spencer, FreddieFreddie Spencer Honda 12 6 6 10 3 144 2
1984   United States Lawson, EddieEddie Lawson Yamaha 12 2 4 9 3 142 31
1985   United States Spencer, FreddieFreddie Spencer* Honda 12 10 7 10 6 141 8
1986   United States Lawson, EddieEddie Lawson Yamaha 11 7 7 10 6 139 22
1987   Australia Gardner, WayneWayne Gardner Honda 15 10 7 11 8 178 20
1988   United States Lawson, EddieEddie Lawson Yamaha 15 2 7 12 5 252 23
1989   United States Lawson, EddieEddie Lawson Honda 15 1 4 13 3 228 17.5
1990   United States Rainey, WayneWayne Rainey Yamaha 15 3 7 14 6 255 67
1991   United States Rainey, WayneWayne Rainey Yamaha 15 6 6 13 8 233 9
1992   United States Rainey, WayneWayne Rainey Yamaha 13 0 3 8 3 140 4
1993   United States Schwantz, KevinKevin Schwantz Suzuki 14 6 4 11 2 248 34
1994   Australia Doohan, MickMick Doohan Honda 14 6 9 14 7 317 143
1995   Australia Doohan, MickMick Doohan Honda 13 9 7 10 7 248 33
1996   Australia Doohan, MickMick Doohan Honda 15 8 8 12 4 309 64
1997   Australia Doohan, MickMick Doohan Honda 15 12 12 14 11 340 143
1998   Australia Doohan, MickMick Doohan Honda 14 8 8 11 3 260 52
1999   Spain Crivillé, ÀlexÀlex Crivillé Honda 16 2 6 10 2 267 57
2000   United States Roberts, Jr., KennyKenny Roberts, Jr. Suzuki 16 4 4 9 3 258 49
2001   Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi Honda 15 4 11 13 10 325 106
2002   Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi Honda 15 7 11 15 9 355 140
2003   Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi Honda 16 9 9 16 12 357 80
2004   Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi Yamaha 16 5 9 11 3 304 47
2005   Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi Yamaha 17 5 11 16 6 367 147
2006   United States Hayden, NickyNicky Hayden Honda 17 1 2 10 2 252 5
2007   Australia Stoner, CaseyCasey Stoner Ducati 18 4 10 14 6 367 125
2008   Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi Yamaha 18 2 9 16 6 373 93
2009   Italy Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi Yamaha 17 7 6 13 6 306 45
2010   Spain Lorenzo, JorgeJorge Lorenzo Yamaha 18 7 9 16 4 383 138
2011   Australia Stoner, CaseyCasey Stoner Honda 17 12 10 16 7 350 90
2012   Spain Lorenzo, JorgeJorge Lorenzo Yamaha 18 7 6 16 5 350 18
2013   Spain Márquez, MarcMarc Márquez Honda 18 9 6 16 11 334 4
2014   Spain Márquez, MarcMarc Márquez Honda 18 13 13 14 12 362 67
2015   Spain Lorenzo, JorgeJorge Lorenzo Yamaha 18 5 7 12 6 330 5
2016   Spain Márquez, MarcMarc Márquez Honda 18 7 5 12 4 298 49
2017   Spain Márquez, MarcMarc Márquez Honda 18 8 6 12 3 298 37

Multiple championsEdit

500cc/MotoGP multiple champions
Rider Total Seasons
  Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini 8 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975
  Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi 7 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009
  Doohan, MickMick Doohan 5 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
  Duke, GeoffGeoff Duke 4 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955
  Surtees, JohnJohn Surtees 4 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960
  Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood 4 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
  Lawson, EddieEddie Lawson 4 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989
  Márquez, MarcMarc Márquez 4 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
  Roberts, KennyKenny Roberts 3 1978, 1979, 1980
  Rainey, WayneWayne Rainey 3 1990, 1991, 1992
  Lorenzo, JorgeJorge Lorenzo 3 2010, 2012, 2015
  Masetti, UmbertoUmberto Masetti 2 1950, 1952
  Read, PhilPhil Read 2 1973, 1974
  Sheene, BarryBarry Sheene 2 1976, 1977
  Spencer, FreddieFreddie Spencer 2 1983, 1985
  Stoner, CaseyCasey Stoner 2 2007, 2011
  • Bold indicates active rider.

By constructorEdit

500cc/MotoGP champions by constructor
Constructor Total
  Honda 19
  MV Agusta 18
  Yamaha 17
  Suzuki 6
  Gilera 6
  Norton 1
  AJS 1
  Ducati 1

By nationalityEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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.