List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions

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The following is a list of Grand Prix motorcycle racing FIM World Champions, from 1949 to 2009, in order of year and engine displacement.

Engine formulas[edit]

At the end of the 1968 season, the FIM limited gearboxes to 6 speeds, 125 cc and 250 cc categories to no more than two cylinders and 350 cc and 500 cc categories to no more than four cylinders.

The 350 class was discontinued after the 1982 season. After the 1983 season, the 50 cc class was increased to 80 cc. After the 1989 season, 125 cc bikes were limited to single cylinder engines and the 80 cc class was discontinued.

In the 2002 season, 500 cc two-stroke engines were replaced with 990 cc four-stroke engines with as many as six cylinders. The engine capacity was reduced to 800 cc for the 2007 season.

Sidecars had 500 cc engines. Only the pilot is listed here, not the passenger. The significance of this class dropped after the 1950s, but races were held in connection with WC until the early 2000s.

Riders' World Championship[edit]

The Riders' World Championship is awarded to the most successful rider over a season, as determined by a points system based on Grand Prix results. The constructors listed in this table are the bike that the world champions rode during that winning season and are not necessarily the winner of the constructor's world championship in that season.

By season[edit]

Year 500cc 350cc 250cc 125cc
1949 Leslie Graham (AJS) Freddie Frith (Velocette) Bruno Ruffo (Moto Guzzi) Nello Pagani (Mondial)
1950 Umberto Masetti (Gilera) Bob Foster (Velocette) Dario Ambrosini (Benelli) Bruno Ruffo (Mondial)
1951 Geoff Duke (Norton) Geoff Duke (Norton) Bruno Ruffo (Moto Guzzi) Carlo Ubbiali (Mondial)
1952 Umberto Masetti (Gilera) Geoff Duke (Norton) Enrico Lorenzetti (Moto Guzzi) Cecil Sandford (MV Agusta)
1953 Geoff Duke (Gilera) Fergus Anderson (Moto Guzzi) Werner Haas (NSU) Werner Haas (NSU)
1954 Geoff Duke (Gilera) Fergus Anderson (Moto Guzzi) Werner Haas (NSU) Rupert Hollaus (NSU)
1955 Geoff Duke (Gilera) Bill Lomas (Moto Guzzi) Hermann Paul Müller (NSU) Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta)
1956 John Surtees (MV Agusta) Bill Lomas (Moto Guzzi) Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta) Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta)
1957 Libero Liberati (Gilera) Keith Campbell (Moto Guzzi) Cecil Sandford (Mondial) Tarquinio Provini (Mondial)
1958 John Surtees (MV Agusta) John Surtees (MV Agusta) Tarquinio Provini (MV Agusta) Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta)
1959 John Surtees (MV Agusta) John Surtees (MV Agusta) Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta) Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta)
1960 John Surtees (MV Agusta) John Surtees (MV Agusta) Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta) Carlo Ubbiali (MV Agusta)
1961 Gary Hocking (MV Agusta) Gary Hocking (MV Agusta) Mike Hailwood (Honda) Tom Phillis (Honda)
Year 500cc 350cc 250cc 125cc 50cc
1962 Mike Hailwood
(MV Agusta)
Jim Redman
(Honda)
Jim Redman
(Honda)
Luigi Taveri
(Honda)
Ernst Degner
(Suzuki)
1963 Mike Hailwood
(MV Agusta)
Jim Redman
(Honda)
Jim Redman
(Honda)
Hugh Anderson
(Suzuki)
Hugh Anderson
(Suzuki)
1964 Mike Hailwood
(MV Agusta)
Jim Redman
(Honda)
Phil Read
(Yamaha)
Luigi Taveri
(Honda)
Hugh Anderson
(Suzuki)
1965 Mike Hailwood
(MV Agusta)
Jim Redman
(Honda)
Phil Read
(Yamaha)
Hugh Anderson
(Suzuki)
Ralph Bryans
(Honda)
1966 Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Mike Hailwood
(Honda)
Mike Hailwood
(Honda)
Luigi Taveri
(Honda)
Hans-Georg Anscheidt
(Suzuki)
1967 Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Mike Hailwood
(Honda)
Mike Hailwood
(Honda)
Bill Ivy
(Yamaha)
Hans-Georg Anscheidt
(Suzuki)
1968 Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Phil Read
(Yamaha)
Phil Read
(Yamaha)
Hans-Georg Anscheidt
(Suzuki)
1969 Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Kel Carruthers
(Benelli)
Dave Simmonds
(Kawasaki)
Ángel Nieto
(Derbi)
1970 Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Rodney Gould
(Yamaha)
Dieter Braun
(Suzuki)
Ángel Nieto
(Derbi)
1971 Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Phil Read
(Yamaha)
Ángel Nieto
(Derbi)
Jan de Vries
(Kreidler)
1972 Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Jarno Saarinen
(Yamaha)
Ángel Nieto
(Derbi)
Ángel Nieto
(Derbi)
1973 Phil Read
(MV Agusta)
Giacomo Agostini
(MV Agusta)
Dieter Braun
(Yamaha)
Kent Andersson
(Yamaha)
Jan de Vries
(Kreidler)
1974 Phil Read
(MV Agusta)
Giacomo Agostini
(Yamaha)
Walter Villa
(Harley-Davidson)
Kent Andersson
(Yamaha)
Henk van Kessel
(Kreidler-Van Veen)
1975 Giacomo Agostini
(Yamaha)
Johnny Cecotto
(Yamaha)
Walter Villa
(Harley-Davidson)
Paolo Pileri
(Morbidelli)
Ángel Nieto
(Kreidler)
1976 Barry Sheene
(Suzuki)
Walter Villa
(Harley-Davidson)
Walter Villa
(Harley-Davidson)
Pier Paolo Bianchi
(Morbidelli)
Ángel Nieto
(Bultaco)
1977 Barry Sheene
(Suzuki)
Takazumi Katayama
(Yamaha)
Mario Lega
(Morbidelli)
Pier Paolo Bianchi
(Morbidelli)
Ángel Nieto
(Bultaco)
1978 Kenny Roberts
(Yamaha)
Kork Ballington
(Kawasaki)
Kork Ballington
(Kawasaki)
Eugenio Lazzarini
(MBA)
Ricardo Tormo
(Bultaco)
1979 Kenny Roberts
(Yamaha)
Kork Ballington
(Kawasaki)
Kork Ballington
(Kawasaki)
Ángel Nieto
(Minarelli)
Eugenio Lazzarini
(Kreidler)
1980 Kenny Roberts
(Yamaha)
Jon Ekerold
(Yamaha)
Anton Mang
(Kawasaki)
Pier Paolo Bianchi
(MBA)
Eugenio Lazzarini
(Kreidler-Van Veen)
1981 Marco Lucchinelli
(Suzuki)
Anton Mang
(Kawasaki)
Anton Mang
(Kawasaki)
Ángel Nieto
(Minarelli)
Ricardo Tormo
(Motul-Bultaco)
1982 Franco Uncini
(Suzuki)
Anton Mang
(Kawasaki)
Jean-Louis Tournadre
(Yamaha)
Ángel Nieto
(Garelli)
Stefan Dörflinger
(Kreidler)
Year 500cc 250cc 125cc 50cc
1983 Freddie Spencer (Honda) Carlos Lavado (Yamaha) Ángel Nieto (Garelli) Stefan Dörflinger (Krauser)
Year 500cc 250cc 125cc 80cc
1984 Eddie Lawson (Yamaha) Christian Sarron (Yamaha) Ángel Nieto (Garelli) Stefan Dörflinger (Zündapp)
1985 Freddie Spencer (Honda) Freddie Spencer (Honda) Fausto Gresini (Garelli) Stefan Dörflinger (Krauser)
1986 Eddie Lawson (Yamaha) Carlos Lavado (Yamaha) Luca Cadalora (Garelli) Jorge Martínez (Derbi)
1987 Wayne Gardner (Honda) Anton Mang (Honda) Fausto Gresini (Garelli) Jorge Martínez (Derbi)
1988 Eddie Lawson (Yamaha) Sito Pons (Honda) Jorge Martínez (Derbi) Jorge Martínez (Derbi)
1989 Eddie Lawson (Honda) Sito Pons (Honda) Àlex Crivillé (JJ Cobas) Manuel Herreros (Derbi)
Year 500cc 250cc 125cc
1990 Wayne Rainey (Yamaha) John Kocinski (Yamaha) Loris Capirossi (Honda)
1991 Wayne Rainey (Yamaha) Luca Cadalora (Honda) Loris Capirossi (Honda)
1992 Wayne Rainey (Yamaha) Luca Cadalora (Honda) Alessandro Gramigni (Aprilia)
1993 Kevin Schwantz (Suzuki) Tetsuya Harada (Yamaha) Dirk Raudies (Honda)
1994 Michael Doohan (Honda) Max Biaggi (Aprilia) Kazuto Sakata (Aprilia)
1995 Michael Doohan (Honda) Max Biaggi (Aprilia) Haruchika Aoki (Honda)
1996 Michael Doohan (Honda) Max Biaggi (Aprilia) Haruchika Aoki (Honda)
1997 Michael Doohan (Honda) Max Biaggi (Honda) Valentino Rossi (Aprilia)
1998 Michael Doohan (Honda) Loris Capirossi (Aprilia) Kazuto Sakata (Aprilia)
1999 Àlex Crivillé (Honda) Valentino Rossi (Aprilia) Emilio Alzamora (Honda)
2000 Kenny Roberts, Jr. (Suzuki) Olivier Jacque (Yamaha) Roberto Locatelli (Aprilia)
2001 Valentino Rossi (Honda) Daijiro Kato (Honda) Manuel Poggiali (Gilera)
Year MotoGP 250cc 125cc
2002 Valentino Rossi (Honda) Marco Melandri (Aprilia) Arnaud Vincent (Aprilia)
2003 Valentino Rossi (Honda) Manuel Poggiali (Aprilia) Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
2004 Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) Dani Pedrosa (Honda) Andrea Dovizioso (Honda)
2005 Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) Dani Pedrosa (Honda) Thomas Lüthi (Honda)
2006 Nicky Hayden (Honda) Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia) Álvaro Bautista (Aprilia)
2007 Casey Stoner (Ducati) Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia) Gábor Talmácsi (Aprilia)
2008 Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) Marco Simoncelli (Gilera) Mike di Meglio (Derbi)
2009 Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) Julián Simón (Aprilia)
Year MotoGP Moto2 125cc
2010

By rider[edit]

Rider MotoGP/500cc 350cc Moto2/250cc 125cc 80cc/50cc Total
Agostini, GiacomoGiacomo Agostini 8 7 15
Nieto, ÁngelÁngel Nieto 7 6 13
Rossi, ValentinoValentino Rossi 7 1 1 9
Hailwood, MikeMike Hailwood 4 2 3 9
Ubbiali, CarloCarlo Ubbiali 3 6 9
Surtees, JohnJohn Surtees 4 3 7
Read, PhilPhil Read 2 4 1 7
Duke, GeoffGeoff Duke 4 2 6
Redman, JimJim Redman 4 2 6
Doohan, MichaelMichael Doohan 5 5
Mang, AntonAnton Mang 2 3 5
Lawson, EddieEddie Lawson 4 4
Ballington, KorkKork Ballington 2 2 4
Villa, WalterWalter Villa 1 3 4
Biaggi, MaxMax Biaggi 4 4
Anderson, HughHugh Anderson 2 2 4
Martínez, JorgeJorge Martínez 1 3 4
Dörflinger, StefanStefan Dörflinger 4 4
Roberts, KennyKenny Roberts 3 3
Rainey, WayneWayne Rainey 3 3
Spencer, FreddieFreddie Spencer 2 1 3
Ruffo, BrunoBruno Ruffo 2 1 3
Haas, WernerWerner Haas 2 1 3
Cadalora, LucaLuca Cadalora 2 1 3
Pedrosa, DaniDani Pedrosa 2 1 3
Capirossi, LorisLoris Capirossi 1 2 3
Taveri, LuigiLuigi Taveri 3 3
Bianchi, Pier PaoloPier Paolo Bianchi 3 3
Anscheidt, Hans GeorgHans Georg Anscheidt 3 3
Lazzarini, EugenioEugenio Lazzarini 1 2 3
Masetti, UmbertoUmberto Masetti 2 2
Sheene, BarryBarry Sheene 2 2
Hocking, GaryGary Hocking 1 1 2
Crivillé, ÀlexÀlex Crivillé 1 1 2
Lomas, BillBill Lomas 2 2
Anderson, FergusFergus Anderson 2 2
Lavado, CarlosCarlos Lavado 2 2
Pons, SitoSito Pons 2 2
Lorenzo, JorgeJorge Lorenzo 2 2
Sandford, CecilCecil Sandford 1 1 2
Provini, TarquinioTarquinio Provini 1 1 2
Braun, DieterDieter Braun 1 1 2
Poggiali, ManuelManuel Poggiali 1 1 2
Andersson, KentKent Andersson 2 2
Gresini, FaustoFausto Gresini 2 2
Sakata, KazutoKazuto Sakata 2 2
Aoki, HaruchikaHaruchika Aoki 2 2
de Vries, JanJan de Vries 2 2
Tormo, RicardoRicardo Tormo 2 2
Graham, LeslieLeslie Graham 1 1
Liberati, LiberoLibero Liberati 1 1
Lucchinelli, MarcoMarco Lucchinelli 1 1
Uncini, FrancoFranco Uncini 1 1
Gardner, WayneWayne Gardner 1 1
Schwantz, KevinKevin Schwantz 1 1
Roberts, Jr., KennyKenny Roberts, Jr. 1 1
Hayden, NickyNicky Hayden 1 1
Stoner, CaseyCasey Stoner 1 1
Frith, FreddieFreddie Frith 1 1
Campbell, KeithKeith Campbell 1 1
Foster, BobBob Foster 1 1
Cecotto, JohnnyJohnny Cecotto 1 1
Katayama, TakazumiTakazumi Katayama 1 1
Ekerold, JonJon Ekerold 1 1
Ambrosini, DarioDario Ambrosini 1 1
Lorenzetti, EnricoEnrico Lorenzetti 1 1
Müller, Hermann PaulHermann Paul Müller 1 1
Gould, RodneyRodney Gould 1 1
Carruthers, KelKel Carruthers 1 1
Saarinen, JarnoJarno Saarinen 1 1
Lega, MarioMario Lega 1 1
Tournadre, Jean-LouisJean-Louis Tournadre 1 1
Sarron, ChristianChristian Sarron 1 1
Kocinski, JohnJohn Kocinski 1 1
Harada, TetsuyaTetsuya Harada 1 1
Jacque, OlivierOlivier Jacque 1 1
Kato, DaijiroDaijiro Kato 1 1
Melandri, MarcoMarco Melandri 1 1
Simoncelli, MarcoMarco Simoncelli 1 1
Aoyama, HiroshiHiroshi Aoyama 1 1
Pagani, NelloNello Pagani 1 1
Hollaus, RupertRupert Hollaus 1 1
Phillis, TomTom Phillis 1 1
Ivy, BillBill Ivy 1 1
Simmons, DaveDave Simmons 1 1
Pileri, PaoloPaolo Pileri 1 1
Gramigni, AlessandroAlessandro Gramigni 1 1
Raudies, DirkDirk Raudies 1 1
Alzamora, EmilioEmilio Alzamora 1 1
Vincent, ArnaudArnaud Vincent 1 1
Locatelli, RobertoRoberto Locatelli 1 1
Dovizioso, AndreaAndrea Dovizioso 1 1
Lüthi, ThomasThomas Lüthi 1 1
Bautista, ÁlvaroÁlvaro Bautista 1 1
Talmácsi, GáborGábor Talmácsi 1 1
Di Meglio, MikeMike Di Meglio 1 1
Simón, JuliánJulián Simón 1 1
Degner, ErnstErnst Degner 1 1
Bryans, RalphRalph Bryans 1 1
van Kessel, HenkHenk van Kessel 1 1
Herreros, ManuelManuel Herreros 1 1
Totals 61 34 61 61 28 245

Multiple World Championships in different classes in the same year:

Seasons Rider Titles
1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 Giacomo Agostini 10 (5 x 500 cc, 5 x 350 cc)
1958, 1959, 1960 John Surtees 6 (3 x 500 cc, 3 x 350 cc)
1956, 1959, 1960 Carlo Ubbiali 6 (3 x 250 cc, 3 x 125 cc)
1962, 1963 Jim Redman 4 (2 x 350 cc, 2 x 250 cc)
1966, 1967 Mike Hailwood 4 (2 x 350 cc, 2 x 250 cc)
1978, 1979 Kork Ballington 4 (2 x 350 cc, 2 x 250 cc)
1951 Geoff Duke 2 (1 x 500 cc, 1 x 350 cc)
1953 Werner Haas 2 (1 x 250 cc, 1 x 125 cc)
1961 Gary Hocking 2 (1 x 500 cc, 1 x 350 cc)
1963 Hugh Anderson 2 (1 x 125 cc, 1 x 50 cc)
1968 Phil Read 2 (1 x 250 cc, 1 x 125 cc)
1972 Ángel Nieto 2 (1 x 125 cc, 1 x 50 cc)
1976 Walter Villa 2 (1 x 350 cc, 1 x 250 cc)
1981 Anton Mang 2 (1 x 350 cc, 1 x 250 cc)
1985 Freddie Spencer 2 (1 x 500 cc, 1 x 250 cc)
1988 Jorge Martínez 2 (1 x 125 cc, 1 x 80 cc)

By nationality[edit]

Nationality MotoGP/500cc 350cc Moto2/250cc 125cc 80cc/50cc Total
Template:Flag 20 8 22 23 2 75
Template:Flag 17 13 9 4 1 44
Template:Flag 1 6 13 12 32
Template:Flag 15 2 17
Template:Flag 2 7 3 4 16
Template:Flag 7 1 1 1 10
Template:Flag 1 5 2 8
Template:Flag 1 3 4 8
Template:Flag 4 4 8
Template:Flag 3 2 5
Template:Flag 3 2 5
Template:Flag 2 2 4
Template:Flag 1 2 3
Template:Flag 3 3
Template:Flag 1 1 2
Template:Flag 2 2
Template:Flag 1 1
Template:Flag 1 1
Template:Flag 1 1
Totals 61 34 61 61 28 245

Constructors' World Championship[edit]

The Constructors' World Championship is awarded to the most successful constructor over a season, as determined by a points system based on Grand Prix results. Only the highest-scoring rider in each race for each constructor contributing points towards the Championship. The winner of the constructor's world championship is not necessarily the bike used by the riders' world champion. For example: In 2004, Valentino Rossi who rode a Yamaha bike won the riders' world championship, but in the constructors' standings, Honda have higher points than Yamaha, therefore Honda won constructor's world championship.

By season[edit]

Year 500cc 350cc 250cc 125cc
1949 AJS Velocette Moto Guzzi Mondial
1950 Norton Velocette Benelli Mondial
1951 Norton Norton Moto Guzzi Mondial
1952 Norton Norton Moto Guzzi MV Agusta
1953 Gilera Moto Guzzi NSU MV Agusta
1954 Gilera Moto Guzzi NSU NSU
1955 Gilera Moto Guzzi MV Agusta MV Agusta
1956 MV Agusta Moto Guzzi MV Agusta MV Agusta
1957 Gilera Gilera Mondial Mondial
1958 MV Agusta MV Agusta MV Agusta MV Agusta
1959 MV Agusta MV Agusta MV Agusta MV Agusta
1960 MV Agusta MV Agusta MV Agusta MV Agusta
1961 MV Agusta MV Agusta Honda Honda
Year 500cc 350cc 250cc 125cc 50cc
1962 MV Agusta Honda Honda Honda Suzuki
1963 MV Agusta Honda Honda Suzuki Suzuki
1964 MV Agusta Honda Yamaha Honda Suzuki
1965 MV Agusta Honda Yamaha Suzuki Honda
1966 Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda
1967 MV Agusta Honda Honda Yamaha Suzuki
1968 MV Agusta MV Agusta Yamaha Yamaha Suzuki
1969 MV Agusta MV Agusta Benelli Kawasaki Derbi
1970 MV Agusta MV Agusta Yamaha Suzuki Derbi
1971 MV Agusta MV Agusta Yamaha Derbi Kreidler
1972 MV Agusta MV Agusta Yamaha Derbi Kreidler
1973 MV Agusta Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha Kreidler
1974 Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha Kreidler
1975 Yamaha Yamaha Harley-Davidson Morbidelli Kreidler
1976 Suzuki Yamaha Harley-Davidson Morbidelli Bultaco
1977 Suzuki Yamaha Kawasaki Morbidelli Bultaco
1978 Suzuki Kawasaki Kawasaki Minarelli Bultaco
1979 Suzuki Kawasaki Kawasaki Minarelli Kreidler
1980 Suzuki Bimota Kawasaki Minarelli Van Veen Kreidler
1981 Suzuki Kawasaki Yamaha Minarelli Motul Bultaco
1982 Suzuki Kawasaki Yamaha Garelli Kreidler
Year 500cc 250cc 125cc 50cc
1983 Honda Yamaha MBA Garelli
Year 500cc 250cc 125cc 80cc
1984 Honda Yamaha Garelli Zündapp
1985 Honda Honda MBA Krauser
1986 Yamaha Honda Garelli Derbi
1987 Yamaha Honda Garelli Derbi
1988 Yamaha Honda Derbi Derbi
1989 Honda Honda Honda Krauser
Year 500cc 250cc 125cc
1990 Yamaha Yamaha Honda
1991 Yamaha Honda Honda
1992 Honda Honda Honda
1993 Yamaha Honda Honda
1994 Honda Honda Honda
1995 Honda Aprilia Honda
1996 Honda Honda Aprilia
1997 Honda Honda Aprilia
1998 Honda Aprilia Honda
1999 Honda Aprilia Honda
2000 Yamaha Yamaha Honda
2001 Honda Honda Honda
Year MotoGP 250cc 125cc
2002 Honda Aprilia Aprilia
2003 Honda Aprilia Aprilia
2004 Honda Honda Aprilia
2005 Yamaha Honda KTM
2006 Honda Aprilia Aprilia
2007 Ducati Aprilia Aprilia
2008 Yamaha Aprilia Aprilia
2009 Yamaha Aprilia Aprilia
Year MotoGP Moto2 125cc
2010

By constructor[edit]

Constructor MotoGP/500cc 350cc Moto2/250cc 125cc 80cc/50cc Total
Honda 17 6 19 15 2 59
MV Agusta 16 9 5 7 37
Yamaha 12 5 14 4 35
Aprilia 9 9 18
Suzuki 7 3 5 15
Kawasaki 4 4 1 9
Derbi 3 5 8
Moto Guzzi 4 3 7
Kreidler 7 7
Gilera 4 1 5
Norton 3 2 5
Mondial 1 4 5
Garelli 4 1 5
Minarelli 4 4
NSU 2 1 3
Morbidelli 3 3
Bultaco 3 3
Velocette 2 2
Benelli 2 2
Harley-Davidson 2 2
MBA 2 2
Krauser 2 2
Ducati 1 1
AJS 1 1
Bimota 1 1
KTM 1 1
Zündapp 1 1
Motul Bultaco 1 1
Van Veen Kreidler 1 1
Total 61 34 61 61 28 245

By country[edit]

Country MotoGP/500cc 350cc Moto2/250cc 125cc 80cc/50cc Total
Japan 36 15 37 23 7 118
Italy 21 15 20 33 2 90
Germany 2 1 10 13
Spain 3 8 11
United Kingdom 4 4 8
United States 2 2
Austria 1 1
Netherlands 1 1
Total 61 34 61 61 28 245

Notes[edit]

  • John Surtees remains the only rider to win World Championship titles in 350 cc, 500 cc, and Formula One (1964).
  • Valentino Rossi is the only rider to win four World Championship titles in four different classes: 125 cc, 250 cc, 500 cc & MotoGP.
  • Eddie Lawson (1988 & 1989) and Valentino Rossi (2003 & 2004) are the only riders to win back-to-back premier-class championships on different manufacturers.
  • Freddie Spencer (1985), Tetsuya Harada (1993), Manuel Poggiali (2003), and Daniel Pedrosa (2004) are the only riders to win the 250 cc Grand Prix World Championship title in their first year of competition. In 1990, Capirossi won the 125 cc title in his first attempt.
  • Emilio Alzamora is the only rider to win a 125 cc World Championship title with no Grand Prix wins (1999). Manuel Herreros won the 1989 80cc world championship without a Grand Prix victory.

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