Top 5 Suzuki MotoGP drivers of all time
Suzuki MotoGP, along with Honda and Yamaha, is one of the premier teams in MotoGP. It is officially the factory-backed team of Suzuki in the MotoGP world championship.
It is running under the team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP moniker for sponsorship purposes. It was created by Jack Findlay and Daniel Fontana, former Grand Prix riders using a chassis of their own design in 1970.
Team Suzuki has had many drivers since the team started racing in MotoGP. In the early 1970s, Barry Sheene, one of the great MotoGP racers, rode for them.
Kevin Schwantz joined the team in 2000 and he rode for them until 2012 when he retired from racing. Team Suzuki is another team which is in the league of Honda and Yamaha when it comes to MotoGP racing.
Here we have a look at the top five racers who have raced for Suzuki.
#1 Barry Sheene
Barry Sheene, one of the premier MotoGP drivers, was a British professional Motorcycle racer. The Englishman has won two world championships along with two consecutive 500cc titles in 1976 and 1977.
Sheene's title in 1977 was the only world championship title from Britain until Danny Kent who won in 2015 in the Moto3 category.
Barry Sheene had a long racing career which spanned from 1968 till 1984 after which he became a Motorsport commentator.
Sheene won his first race at Brands hatch riding 125cc and 250cc Bultacos which gifted to him by his father Frank. He becomes the British 125cc championship at the age of only 20.
He was signed by Suzuki in 1972-1973 where he won the newly formed Formula 750 championships. When Suzuki introduced the RG500 in 1974, Sheene rode it and finished sixth in the world championship.
He faced a brutal crash in 1975 which threatened to end his career as the crash left him with major bone fractures but miraculously he recovered and started racing several weeks after the crash.
Not only that he won the 500cc at the Dutch TT. In the 1976 season. Sheene won five 500cc championships which brought him the world championship. Sheene's battle with Kenny Roberts was one of the best battles of all- time.
When Sheene left Suzuki and joined Yamaha, he and Kenny Roberts let the Suzuki racer, Marco Lucchinelli finish the race in the top two.
Barry Sheene died in 2002 due to cancer. He is regarded as one of the best drivers in the history of MotoGP.