MotoGP - the premier class of Grand Prix Motorcycle racing is the pinnacle of two-wheeled racing, and succeeding at this level is a daunting task with many managing to secure only a couple of wins in their entire career.
A few, however, defied all the odds, managing to claim race wins right at the start of their MotoGP career, setting standards the next generation of MotoGP riders. Moreover, few of these young race winners even went on to win the MotoGP championship on multiple occasions.
Without further ado, let us look closer at the six youngest MotoGP race winners.
Note: This list does not include wins for classes other than the premier class. The premier class constitutes the current MotoGP class and the now defunct 500cc class.
#6 Jorge Lorenzo - 20 years, 345 days
Jorge Lorenzo claimed his first MotoGP win barely a month before he turned 21. The Spaniard found success at the 2008 Portuguese Grand Prix. Riding for the Yamaha Factory Team, Lorenzo took the pole position in qualifying and cruised to a famous victory at the Autodromo do Estoril, finishing over 1.8 seconds ahead of Dani Pedrosa.
Jorge Lorenzo finished the 2008 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season in the fourth place with 190 points.
#5 Randy Mamola - 20 years, 239 days
Randy Mamola’s first MotoGP victory came during the 1980 Belgian Grand Prix, which was held, for the first time, at the Circuit Zolder. Riding a Suzuki machine, the American rider took the top step of the podium by having a comfortable lead of over twelve seconds over the second-placed Marco Lucchinelli.
With one more race win that season, Randy Mamola finished the year in the second place with 72 points, 15 points behind the champion Kenny Roberts.