4 great riders who never won the MotoGP World Championship
Every rider on the MotoGP grid would say that winning races on a consistent basis would help you land the championship in one season or the other. However, that is not the case for an unfortunate few as these motorcycle riders could not claim a MotoGP World Championship even after claiming a slew of victories in the premier class.
It wasn't that these riders couldn't make it in the MotoGP class, as all the riders on this list had tremendous potential and proved it time and again during their stints in the lower divisions.
Nevertheless, fate didn't allow them to claim that elusive championship, and in this article, let us look closer at the four motorcycle riders who never won a MotoGP World Championship despite putting race-winning performances on multiple occasions.
#4 Sete Gibernau
Sete Gibernau never won the championship gold in the premier class despite having extensive racing experience both in the 500c and the MotoGP era.
After having a bunch of mediocre seasons in the 125cc and the 250cc class, the Spaniard busted onto the 500cc scene in 1997 with a Honda motorcycle. However, Gibernau had to wait until the 2001 season to secure his first win at the premier class in Grand Prix motorcycle racing.
The shift to the four-stroke engines the following year didn't seem to make a difference to Gibernau as the Spanish rider challenged Valentino Rossi for the championship in 2003 and 2004 but was bested by the Italian on both the occasions.
The remainder of his MotoGP career saw him fight for a place in the midfield before retiring from the sport in 2006. A comeback in 2009 didn't last long either as his team withdrew from the competition before the season came to a close.
In the premier class, Sete Gibernau started 84 races, secured 24 podiums and claimed 8 race wins.