MotoGP is the oldest Motorsport in the world. The first World Championship was held in 1949. FICM, now called as the FIM, was supposed to start the competition in 1938, but due to the second world war, the championship was cancelled and eventually started in 1949.
In the first MotoGP championship, the Grand Prix comprised of four solo classes. Leslie Graham won the first premier class title.
It was Freddie Frith who won the first ever 350cc title while Bruno Ruffo and Nello Pagani won the first 250 and 125 world championships respectively.
In the 1980s, there was fierce competition among the three greats which are Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki. Many racers have come and gone but very few have taken the MotoGP world by Storm. Only racers like Mick Doohan, Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi have been able to master the art of MotoGP.
Here is a list of 10 great racers who have mastered the sport of MotoGP.
#1 Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi, an Italian professional motorcycle road racer, is a multiple time MotoGP world champion.
He holds the distinction of being the only racer in the history of the championships to have won it in four different classes: 125cc, 250cc,500 and MotoGP.
He also has nine Grand Prix Championships to his name which makes him the most successful racer in the world. What is amazing is that he has won seven out of his nine races in the premier class.
Rossi started off with Honda with a win in the 500cc championship in 2001 along with the world championships in 2002 and 2003.
He also won the 2004 and 2005 championships but this time it was with Yamaha instead of Honda who he left before the 2004 season.
Rossi had several battles with Casey Stoner and ultimately, he replaced Stoner at Ducati in 2011. Rossi had two difficult seasons with Ducati following which he moved back to Yamaha.
After returning to Yamaha, he finished second in 2014, 2015, and 2016. 2015 was the season where he looked like winning the championship but was overtaken by Jorge Lorenzo to eventually finish second.