MotoGP: Top 5 Australian riders of all-time
Australia has had a rich history of World Championship riders and champions. Three Australian riders have over the years won the MotoGP Premier Class World Championship. As a matter of fact, 12 riders from Australia have won races and have stood on top of the podium in MotoGP Premier Class history.
The iconic Phillip Island Circuit hosts the annual Australian Grand Prix and it is one of the most picturesque race tracks around the globe. The only Aussie rider among the present pool of riders is Jack Miller - a member of Team Ducati.
We take a look at 5 of the best Australian motorbike riders of all time. It is worth pointing out the name of Keith Campbell who in 11 starts, won 3 races and managed a podium finish another 8 times during the 1950s.
Campbell's life was tragically cut short by a racing accident at the young age of 26. At the time, he was considered to be among the best of the best that the Sport had.
#5 Kelvin Carruthers
One of the earliest Australian Motorbike riders to have achieved global fame was Kelvin 'Kel' Carruthers. Carruthers picked up his flair for motorbikes working with his father who owned a motorbike shop.
The prodigy that he was, he topped the National charts in 125cc, 250cc, 350 cc and 500cc classes. His success prompted his family to migrate to Europe. He soon began competing in International races. In 1969, he won the prestigious Isle of Man TT race and his stock rose manifold. He was crowned the 1969 Motorcycle racing champion in the 250 cc class.
Post his Motorcycle racing career, Kel made a mark as a Team Manager, guiding the American duo of Kenny Roberts and Eddie Lawson to multiple Championship titles earning a special place in the hearts of America's Motorcycling history too.