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

Vr is best

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2 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.

His ability to surpass the current complexity of electric systems of a current moto gp bike says it all, Nakamoto (HRC Vic president) says Casey is able to match anti - spin software targets with only 20% system active, so his throttle control, weight shift techniques & overall feel for the motorcycle dynamics is second to non, I suppose his Ducati results back up these comments as his ability to adapt to the bike dynamics.

Stoner is the best rider of all time. His ability to win with any bike is unmatched. Stoner can better control and win with a lesser quality bike, where as Rossi had to have the perfect and best bike in the world in order to win his races. Stoner can push any bike past its limits and has a natural ability to adapt to a bike that is simply unrivaled. Stoner often went against the grain, he beat the "best of all time" consistently and won with a harder to control and lesser quality bike to boot. Had he remained with Honda it's no doubt he would be winning races easily for years to come.

Best in the word ❤

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3 Marc Marquez

You know that, he is so smart and intelegent..
He is going to be the next valentino rossi!
Yeah! I like his

Young, talented and at the age he is at has no fear. As he progresses only time will tell. At present he remains calm and collected. Could it be that he is maturing. Well look out there is a new driver on the loose and winning is his only way.

For me Marc Marquez is the future he has the ability to ride a bike with passion... And do all the best that he can just to win the race,every race is his life you can see the spirit of him through the bike... And if we compared to Valentino and Stoner, Marquez is better than them... And? Even rossi and stoner couldn't done what marquez done in stepping the motogp category 1st:Youngest rider to win.2nd:first year as a rookie but he got the championship.3rd: Beating the fsatest lap times in every circuit.4th: Winning a races straight and more.5th: A record breaker of all time in the age of 21years old... Winning back to back motogp championship in his age. And winning a race which is from the back of the grid in moto3125cc and claim his championship... And repeted in moto2 which is started again from the back of the grid... Even rossi and stoner cannot do that... So marquez can be more more better than them in the future... Its just the beginning. How much more in the future? So no ...more

Marquez is going to be known as the G.O.A.T. if he remains healthy and has the desire to keep racing MotoGP. Those are two big 'ifs.' I have been watching this stuff since the 1970s(Kenny Roberts, Sr. stopped into my dad's Yamaha dealership in 1975), and KR was not known as "King Kenny" for nothing. KR, more than anyone, brought the sport to where it is today. If everything was equal, I would put KR at the top of this list. He won on Yamahas in both flat-track and 500cc GP against superior machines. Marc Marquez is winning on Honda when Yamaha has the superior platform. That determines a rider's greatness.

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4 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

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

Doohan was a masterful rider, in a day when GP bikes were evil two stroke machines, with no electronics to keep riders from being launch to the moon, only the best of the best like Doohan could consistently dominate the GP scene from as early as 1992 to 1998. Truly the thunder from down under.

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5 Giacomo Agostini

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.

although it is difficult to assess seeing both eras I go Agostini rossi's hero but given the bikes ridden today it is always going to be open to debate

Anyone voting for Stoner or Marquez or even Mighty Mick never saw Agostini race. Why do 16 years old love Beiber? Because they never saw Morrison.

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6 Jorge Lorenzo

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. - donrodrigo

When jorge lorenzo came into top class it has been a big boost to motogp, the talent that has shakren even valentino rossi, his awesome 2010 season and he defeated all top riders in motogp like casey stoner, valentino rossi and his arch rival dani pedrosa, now there are top 4 riders who will fight for the world title

Smooth operator, that's what jorge is.

He should be on number 1

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7 Wayne Rainey

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. - asphaltpilot

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.

In Rainey's time there area lot of great pilots like Doohan, Schwantz, Lawson, Gardner, Mamola, and it is the cause that Rainey is the best of the best. A terrible accident put a end in this.

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8 Kevin Schwantz

A man who knew no pain. He had to win a race even with broken bones and pain killers. Great determination and grit. A treat to watch.

One championship but many many wins. He's the Rossi of the 80's and early 90's

Was stoked watching kevin battle Wayne always top notch wish I could ride like that

Handicapped by bike, gifted with ability.

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9 Dani Pedrosa

He always tries hard to win the races and he will win the races but when he crashes out he will had some major injuries so that's the reason why pedrosa hasnt become world champion in the premier class

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

Silent but deadly!

One of the best racer in motogp I don't know why but he is the best he is drive like a legend and he win all the races I have ever watch

He's Pretty Fast,He Deserve Better.

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10 Mike Hailwood

Who else can retire for 11 yrs then come back and still win on an underdog of a bike at the toughest race of all

Mike Hailwood never threw a tantrum and threw his toys out of the cot like some spoilt brats that are racing today. He was, and still is, the greatest rider of all time. Having said that, this survey, is like comparing apples with pears. Technology in Mike's days was a lot different than what it is today. What would happen if you put Rossi on one of Mike's machines, or vise versa. Mike was, and still is a force to remember. The Greatest.

The overall best in the races he raced in, if he had not retired from bikes so early who knows what the stats would be but to have an eleven year "retirement" then win first year back, what would have been if he kept racing

Like elvis mike will always be number 1

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The Contenders

11 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


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12 Wayne Gardner

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

Aggessive but smooth, should have won more titles than he did due to bad luck. The Japanese don't call him Mr 100% for nothing. Should have thrown a leg over a Grand Prix bike sooner than he had the chance too,but HRC were messing with "fast? Freddie "instead. In his prime ( balls out ) he was unbeatable. He could shake off a massive near highside as if it was nothing and go on to win. One of the greats.
Three Cheers!

13 Barry Sheene

The only rider to win Grand Prix races in the 50cc and 500cc categories

One of the greats, brilliant reader if a race and other race riders tactics...

He should be closer to Roberts as those two were almost equals

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14 Kenny Roberts Sr.

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.

If you have ever had the pleasure of seeing Kenny ride then you would know of his talent. started in America on the dirt tracks of central California to the world class MotoGP tracks around the world. Always looking out for the the riders and making sure it was safe to ride. The best ever.

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.

I had the luck of seeing him in my early motorcycling years, and he was a pleasure to see. The only one I enjoyed seeing most was Randy Mamola, with an excellent bike control. I enjoy watching old races videos on YouTube of these two monsters.

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15 Max Biaggi

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.

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

Should be in the top 5 hardest rider to overtake in his era

With a factory bike he would win at least 5 world... much stronger than his rivals. do not forget, he won 4 world in 250 cc and 2 in superbike...with APRILIA.

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16 Colin Edwards

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

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

Texas tornado 2 time world superbike champ in 40s and still racing hard

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17 Jarno Saarinen

Saw him ride the man leaned the bike over so far it was remarkable great rider.

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

Truly a natural talent, first to put the knee down.

Passionated and talented driver. Right talent right place and great know how to the motorsport.

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18 Maverick Viñales

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

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19 Fast Freddie Spencer

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

The 'strokers' were the hardest bikes to ride at this 'F1' level with their all or nothing powerband. Freddie was the only guy I ever saw who could consistently, and alternately, slide the both front and rear tyres, multiple times around a single corner. Watching them take turns stepping out of line underneath him as he scythed his way around a corner, was simply mesmerising. Such control, and from one so young... Freddie was without doubt the master, and I would have him way further up this list!

Freddie was the best period...

Pure, raw talent on bikes that were nearly impossible to ride.Had the wrist injury not sidelined him early, he would have racked up more world titles!

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20 Eddie Lawson 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.

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?

Why not top 5.

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