Top Ten Greatest MotoGP Riders of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Valentino Rossi

When the miraculous eyes of a new born child falls on T. V, while lying in his mothers arms and if he see's Moto GP and his eyes fall on bike no. 46. The child sets a target for himself, to be a world champion one day and his inspiration is 'THE DOCTOR' Valentino Rossi. And that is what Valentino Rossi is made up of, a down to earth attitude engulfed and protected by humility, indomitable will, talent and power and positive infectious inspiration.
'THE DOCTOR' Valentino Rossi is undoubtedly the 'THE LAST OUT LAW OF MOTO GP. '

Valentino rossi the doctor... He is a champion who defines the talent, spirit, power, humility and the dominance what a real moto gp rider posses. He is truly 'THE DOCTOR. '

Honestly, I don't know where to start! The man is simply a maverick of the world sport and doesn't get the credit he deserves for making MotoGP the sport it is today. Never have I once heard Vale bad mouth his bike or lose faith with the team, he just gets on with the job at hand and makes his fans proud. The consistency he has to ride at the top for 20 years is remarkable and the racing ability/craft he has will never been seen again because if there is someone you want in a last lap battle to pull it off it is Valentino Rossi! I salute you Valentino for all the great memories you have given me and the millions of fans around the world. The 9 times world champion. The greatest of all time. The Doctor. Valentino Rossi

In the world of motorsports, hundreds of riders come and go. Many don't get to the top, not because they are any different than the others but because there we a few among them who had a bit extra, "sometime special" they call it. Talent, hard work, charisma, sheer will to win, whatever it is. All of them has it, that's why those very few go on to lead a decade of sporting fans behind their back, win numerous grand prix and of course become World champion. Everyone from every decade has their hero and rightly so, as they are all the very best. But in the generations to come, I think there will be a name that won't be locked in a room in the hall of fame, but it will buzz around the paddock, drift within the fastest of corners, roar in the cheers of millions all over the world and ultimately fly high in a never fading yellow smoke and when that kid asks what it is, I'm sure his father will say that it is the greatest motorcycle rider ever to walk on earth. He was the king of kings, ...more

2 Marc Marquez

He has pushed the boundaries of motogp with determination, dedication and commitment. He is without doubt a living legend of the world motorcycle.

At such a young age of 26, he has achieved what most MotoGP riders have in their entire careers. His riding style is transcendent and surpasses everyone infinitely. He is surely going to be one of the greats MotoGP has seen!

He's has achieved something at just 26 which most riders can't achieve in their entire career so I think he'll go down in history as the greatest of all time
He's a combination of hard work, dedication, aggression and that I AM THE CHAMPION attitude

Born to ride! Amazing and incredible what he does in the Honda! No other riders manage to take the beast! He will win many more bar injuries prevents him! Truly the greatest

3 Casey Stoner

The guy can ride like no other! What he did on the ducati has only been enhanced this year as the greatest of all time (rossi) follows a long list of top class riders who could not make it work unlike stoner. His performance at Honda as the 2011 world champ and his ability to ride sideways around corners, in the wet, from the front, from behind and turn on the lap times show he is quite unique is his ability to get the extra 0.5 sec out of a motogp bike. He might not be the most charismatic but he is the fastest guy ever to ride in motogp/500 top flight. He is the Real Deal and he if has a few more years like this one he will not only be the fastest ever but statistically be the best ever as well.

He is the best that I've seen on the track. And his decision retire was hurting.

The greatest of all time, the things that he did back in 2007 was magical.

This guy has proven enough on the machines.
For him numbers is not about championships but plenty of years left in his life to move on to another chapter.

4 Jorge Lorenzo

Undoubtedly the most composed rider on track. No one can lead from the front like Jorge, he is the best starter and race leader in motogp... Most riders you see will see someone pass on the inside or outside and make mistakes under pressure, but Jorge, he waits, the rider coming from inside goes wide and Jorge pounces... Just one mistake from you and jorge is back in the front yet again... Really sad to see him waste his time at Ducati and honda, though it was his personal decision and motive, but his years at yamaha are a treat to watch... #99Xfuera The man who made Ducati and Honda bow down to a relatively slower yamaha... Began to like motogp watching the era of lorenzo, stoner, rossi and pedrosa... Have been a fan ever since!

Should be higher in this list. He is a very fast rider. The best ever Spanish rider. His style is incomparable with any other motogp rider and so is his speed. he definitely deserves to be the first of the top 10 riders of 2013.

He was able to get wins for every team he rode for. That's pure skill right there.

Smoothest rider. Shame Yamaha did not put more faith in him and Rossi basically sent him to early retirement along with Ducati

5 Giacomo Agostini

Results count.
Longevity of career and dominant.
Track, road and still here.

Was dominant on the best machines for many years then just to prove it was all about the rider switched to the 2 stroke Yamaha and won again! Just watch him at the Isle of Man if you remain unconvinced.

The greatest ever. I think it is pretty clear. This obsession with only the newer riders/drivers being the best ever is media hype and loving statistics. Jim Clark won just two world championships before his death yet how can you with a straight face compare him to Hakkinen, Alonso, Hamilton, et. al. ? Stirling Moss won none, but was he a greater driver than these recent champions? Perhaps. Tony Brooks an F1 driver of the 50s is a good friend of my father's and I asked him to rate today's drivers vs. yesterday's. He felt there was no need, but he did grin and say "in yesterday's cars today's drivers would not be able to cope with the demands placed on them". Ago is best ever.

13 titles, most of you have not seen him ride, thatswhy he is so low

6 Dani Pedrosa

He is a beast in motogp but bad luck and injuries prevented him to become a world champion

Awesome rider! Even Marquez said pedrosa was better than him!

He rides so smoothly and fast. No wonder he is one of the best.

Silent but deadly!

Numbers don't lie and the Little Samurai has an impressive win record. Bad luck and injuries really prevented him from winning a world title in the premier class (to go with his 3 world titles in lower classes) but had he been a little less fragile he no doubt would have won at least two titles in the premier class. In 2012 he had more wins than either Stoner or Lorenzo who are both above him on this list.

7 Mike Hailwood

He made really ugly bikes look good alright and he did it in an era when things were not advanced technically. So it was pure skill and consistency that got him on top of his sport. Many riders today have never ridden the vast number of tracks available at Hailwood's time, not maybe even the number of different bikes. That is what makes him one of the very best of all time.

No competition- to come out of retirement & win a TT (which modern motogp riders wouldn't dare compete in anyway) shows he's in a different league to everyone else.

He did the job on any bike in the most terryfying conditions and on not so great handling machines when others were sometimes on superior ones. It was a different age and one cannot compare directly with today, in his time he was the greatest, a Rossi and Marquez rolled into one, he was a dedicated sportsman on 2 wheels and 4.

A different era but probably still the best ever. He rode just just about every class on circuits and in true road racing and won on them all. A great guy and one of the few household names among bike racers.

8 Michael Doohan

Almost killed in an accident when he first started out but came back to win 5 world titles against some of the best riders in the history of the sport. A dead set champion.

5 titles after an injury which would have written most people off

Freak of nature come once in my lifetime Michael Doohan is my freak

5 titles in 500cc. Epic racer, nerves of steel.

9 Kenny Roberts Sr.

I saw Kenny both times he retired. I also saw him numerous times on a dirt tracker. He was absolutely amazing. When he went to Europe he beat them all. King Kenny belongs at the top of this list.

Saw king Kenny plenty of times and the entrance fee was worth it just to see him glide around the track and to be world champion 3yrs in a row 78 /79 /80 should not be this low down

Was the first to start drifting bikes around corners in GP road racing, won his first world championship in his debut year (1978) and did so with one bike and no spare for half the season. He had a very small team (3 people) and over came a horde of private Suzuki riders (20 plus) and a massive official factory Suzuki team which consisted of 3-riders and some 15-20 mechanics and managers etc. Nerves of steel, never rattled by the game then champion Barry Sheene tried to play with him. IN fact he out psyched the champion by a mile. There was nobody like him and nobody ever won a championship in his first year with such minimal support as Kenny did.

Way too low on this list. The fact he's placed below Casey Stoner is laughable. We're talking about the first man (and up until the past season the only man) to win in his rookie year. We're also talking about a 2 time AMA Grand National Champion, and a guy who won the 500cc championship 3 years in a row. In terms of natural riding ability there are next to none who can come close to King Kenny. To anyone who just started watching GP and doesn't have a way of watching any of the 78-83 seasons: I feel bad for you.

10 Maverick Viñales

Rides fast on a slow Yamaha bike compared to Honda and Ducati this 2019 season.

Of Suzuki gives him a good bike, he could give the Tech 3 guys a battle in the championship standings.

The most underrated potential champion, he is simply an underrated talent, he has more wins pairing up with Rossi.

Too early to tell.

The Contenders

11 Nicky Hayden

Nicky is 12the same as the tornado bad racing strategy not a natural that's why I like him he worked at it that's harder then having the gift

One of the greatest ever. Godspeed Kentucky kid

Dad lose to the sport as above one of the greatest of all time much higher then 12 he did once what meany never achieve in there Careras top three for the one Moto GP championship and he won the least races that year RIP Kentucky kid

I think Hayden is in top 15 not a natural that's why I like him if he stayed in am a he would be a God in USA like the doc46 in europe

12 Jarno Saarinen

Beat all the greats while he lived, and destined to be multiple world champion and the GOAT if it wasn't for that horrendous Monza tragedy

The greatest rider of his generation, just a shame his death happened otherwise we would be talking about one of the greatest riders in any generation

The 1st to put the knee down... hi was the genius... today using his style to take results... OK 46 is one Doctor..but Jarno Genius..

We never saw the best of Jarno he is one of my favourite riders

13 Freddie Spencer

Top ten easily, not as good as Lawson for me but still top ten. This list needs looking at seriously don't you think, spencer below stoner ha ha! Or Doohan get real. People comment on the sport don't guess or throw names about its wrong and disrespectful.

Before Stoner- THE GREATEST "Natural Talent" = Fast Freddie

Freddie was the best period...

No one else could win 500 & 250 in the same season

14 Álvaro Bautista

A great great rider. Shame his head messed him up to achieve much more

15 Wayne Rainey

Way too low on this list. In the 500's he was competitive and a worthy champion his entire racing career.

Take a look at a picture of him riding though the corkscrew with the 2 wheels at 5 cm above the ground, without any electronic device such as a traction control. Kind respect Mr Wayne.

Best rider ever : he won 3 world titles ridding a "medium" bike compared to ther others. Excepted him, who ever won a single title with a medium bike?

A phenom during his time. 3 titles.

16 Marco Simoncelli

Miss you so much SUPER SIC will always remember your choreographed chaos old school riding style.

Champion, who will never come back...

If Marco was still with us I am sure he would be right up there with the doctor am awesome rider with balls of solid steel... We all miss you SUPER SIC #58

If Only he still out there in circuit this rider will make a really big problem for other rider

17 Kevin Schwantz

Best true rider/racer, using skill, talent, ability, intelligence, and determination to overcome others who had mechanical advantages.

Pity he didn't have a very competitive bike but he was always there.

A rider who is always forcing his bike to the limits and the fact that the Suzuki wasn't the fastest bike around also serves as a testimony of his skill on the bike

Simply the best rider. On equal equipment, Schwantz would be unrivaled. I appreciate his loyalty to Suzuki. It's a testament to his character and perseverance.

18 Barry Sheene

An all time great on and off the track. Brought motorbike racing to the attention of the British public. A massive loss to the sport.

Barry Sheene MBE. A Cheeky Cockney that became the first household name in GP Motorcycling. A Quality rider and a true Icon of the sport. RIP No.7

One of the best. Lots of great riders. He is my favourite. Only because I crashed and broke lots of bones, but still raced.

Growing up, he was a hero to all young boys, he just epitomised cool. A great personality, great rider, taken far too early.

19 Cal Crutchlow

Never on the fastest bike, total Commitment, pass or drop it, real racer...

Legendary wet track racer.

20 Eddie Lawson

Steady Eddie should be in the top 10! He won titles on multiple brands and was always competitive. Not to mention, he went against some of the best who ever raced.

Should be higher up, he just got on and won every week without making a drama about it. I guess talent and results without showmanship don't count here.

The guy who rode steady and smooth the bikes that were like crazy bulls! 4Times world champion and the coolest helmet ever!

Are you kidding me eddie lawson is all the way down here?

21 Joey Dunlop

He drove a van full of food to orphanages in the Balkans in times of need. Selfless amazing man is number 1

By far one of, if not the best. Fearless freak of nature.

Just brilliant

Greatest road rider ever and also done so much for charity

22 Max Biaggi

Amazing rider one of the best in moto gp. Deserves to be in at least third place.

Max should get a lot more credit. If not for THE ACTUAL GREATEST RIDER OF ALL TIME, VR46, Max would have won 3 top class championships and been a 7-time champ. And, he gave Vale some work, even in Vale's prime. He just wasn't the same type of racer, although he was in my opinion, the 5th or 6th greatest rider of all time, behind (in reverse order) 5), Stoner (who I can't stand, but can't deny), 4) Marquez (yes, already; he's a 3 time champ covering all 3 classes and this year is in the bag, so 4-time champ too and slayed the big boys), 3) Lorenzo (who's getting schooled by the Doc on his own bike this season, 2) Agostini (best stats behind only... ), 1) Vale (who needs to find enough career and fight to pull off 20 more GP victories, although that seems an impossible feat with the existence of Marquez. without Marquez, VR46 would have 5 wins this season and another podium.

Not top ten crazy gang! What you been watching?
Rossi beats him to the title on Honda 2 stroke. Then does it on Yamaha 4 stroke ha ha. Yet another victim of a great rider Biaggi is good NOT GREAT. Lucky if top 20?

4 titles in 250cc and runner up 3 times in 500 cc.

23 John Surtees

Awesome both 2 and 4 wheels. An achievement that will never be equalled! I was also lucky enough to have met him very briefly at the Festival of Speed. What a true gent and an awesome champion.

A great man and rider, take your hat off to a great! Top flight all day. 22nd shut up!

This man is probably the best there is and will never be equaled!

To be car and bike champion is awesome

24 Wayne Gardner

Came from nothing a became a world champion from hard work and guts

One of the best from the golden era. Mister "never give up, never give in"!

Won against some of the greatest riders in the golden era

He deserves to be 15th at least

25 Colin Edwards

My last name is EDWARDS

Good but don't have good racing strategy put him 9th

My favourite

11 years in Moto GP and threw way the one time he was certain to win. Surprised he is still there.

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