Started in 1949, MotoGP (Motorcycle Grand Prix) is the most popular racing event in the world. A number of MotoGP tournaments are organized across the globe every year. MotoGP is known for its fast speed action, intensity, and nail-biting finishes. The racing event has also produced some remarkable racers, who are loved and appreciated by millions of fans. To understand their contributions, here’s a look at some of the best MotoGP racers of all times with highest number of wins.
Mike Hailwood – A British MotoGP racer, Mike Hailwood was active from 1958 to 1967. Hailwood has 76 MotoGP wins and was world champion for nine times. He was known for his natural ability to deliver good results with motorcycles of different engine capacities. Owing to this, he got the nickname of ‘Mike the Bike’. Hailwood is among the MotoGP racers who have also participated in Formula One Grand Prix.
Marc Márquez – A Spaniard, Marc Márquez has 83 Grand Prix wins. He has also won eight Grand Prix world championships. Among these, six wins are in premier MotoGP class. Márquez is among the riders who have won world championships events in three different classes. Other racers with this achievement include Valentino Rossi, Phil Read and Mike Hailwood. Another achievement of Márquez is that he is the youngest ever to win a MotoGP championship.
Ángel Nieto – A Spanish MotoGP racer, Ángel Nieto was active during the period from 1964 to 1986. He was an accomplished racer and won 90 Grand Prix races. He also won 13 World Championships. Nieto primarily participated in 50cc, 80cc and 125cc racing events. He could not succeed in larger displacement events at the world level. However, he did win in Spanish National Championship in 250cc, 500cc and 750cc classes.
Valentino Rossi – An Italian, Valentino Rossi could possibly break the record of Giacomo Agostini. Rossi currently has 115 wins to his name, just 7 short of equaling Agostini’s record. Rossi has been MotoGP World Champion multiple times. He has won nine Grand Prix World Championships and seven of these were in premier class. Rossi holds the record of participating in more than 400 Grand Prix events.
Giacomo Agostini – If we talk about countries, racers from Italy have won the maximum number of MotoGP events. Giacomo Agostini is one of them, who has won 122 Grand Prix races and 15 World Championship titles. Agostini has registered wins in both 500cc and 350cc category. With unparalleled achievements in MotoGP over a 17 year professional career, Agostini is often described as the greatest MotoGP rider of all time. You will be surprised to know that when he was young, Agostini used to secretly take part in local racing events. This was because his father was not in favor of his racing ambitions. However, when the wins started coming, his father came to terms with his chosen career path.