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. '

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

He is ultimately and foremost a rider and he does it better than most. The likes of Marquez and stoner etc may be as quick if not quicker but no one will ever be able to manage the image this guy has pulled off over the past few decades, what he has done for the sport and the respect of his fans. He is the holy grail of professional sportsmen!

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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.

Awesome talent, could ride difficult high speed corners faster than the rest of the field

The greatest ever!

Had he stayed racing he would have surpassed all records

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3 Marc Marquez

Marquez the best

The best ever!

Great potential and on track to do it like Rossi...maybe better?
Wins premier title first time of asking. To win on another brand would cement legacy but definitely top 10. - captm

Rossi and Marquez needs to race against each other using the same bikes to determine who is the best.
As far as statistics concerns? Marquez will beat Rossi = Marq is the best..

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4 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


Definitely top ten, the next Lawson and that’s saying something.

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

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5 Giacomo Agostini

The original and the best

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.

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 Dani Pedrosa

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.

No way top ten,your not functioning properly if you think that! And your not a fan of top flight motorbikes. - captm

Legend always. Little pocket rocket.

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

Silent but deadly!

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7 Mike Hailwood

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.

Simply the Best - bar none

No one in the same class

Could race and win on near enough any bike. And that's in 2 or 3 grand prix in 1 day

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8 Michael Doohan

"nobody bends it like Doohan, what a head turner"

Awesome rider with a completely unconventional style and balls of steel. - bobbybranch

Should have been 7 time 500cc champion 91 second after coming off at Aspen 92 when 52 points in front when his leg was nearly amputated plus won EB races

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.

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9 Kenny Roberts Sr.

14th really your insane! Top 5 all day. 3 titles in a row, first time of asking he won! And all on new tracks on new continents to him amazing really. The first of a new breed. You gotta be ashamed he’s this low seriously. - captm

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.

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.

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10 Maverick Viñales

Still young but amazing racer

Fearless and aggressive

Most overrated rider in the paddock, can’t beat a 40 year old on the same bike. Will never be anything.

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

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The Contenders

11 Nicky Hayden

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

Another good not great. Lucky and very,very gifted title... what was that all about?
RIP but not top ten probably lucky top 20? - captm

He is good

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12 Jarno Saarinen

To me he was a god on a racing bike

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

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

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

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13 Freddie Spencer

Freddie should be in top 5, one of the greatest

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. - captm

The best

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

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14 Álvaro Bautista

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

15 Wayne Rainey

Rainey would be in that small group above the greats

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. - asphaltpilot

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16 Marco Simoncelli

Awesome rider. another Kevin Schwantz in the making. sorry to loose him so early in his carrier. RIP

Sad day when we lost an amazing talent

Rode it like he stole it. Cowboy

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

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17 Kevin Schwantz

No doubt about Kevin Schwantz riding. The best.

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.

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18 Eddie Lawson

Eddie would be in a small group above the greats

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.

Eddie should be far up on this list,yes.

Eddie Lawson is certainly in the top three of all time. To of won 4 titles(world championships)the most by any American rider and really showed the likes of Rainey and Schwantz how it’s done.
Also Eddie is the benchmark that all look up to. To of won world titles back to back on different equipment is a statement only a few can lay claim to. It is also well known that the 2 stroke era bikes were harder to master than the current crop of 4 stroke machines.
Rossi, and Agostini sit at the same table as Lawson.all others look up to these 3! History and the credit of their wins by who they beat, the machinery used and longevity of dominance in the sport still echoes today.

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19 Max Biaggi

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? - captm


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

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20 Barry Sheene

Top 20 all time greats not top ten and I loved him like every British fan did.RIP No.7 - captm

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

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

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

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21 Joey Dunlop

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

Number 1 always

Amazing bike control, and the undisputed King off the TT, MotoGp riders look at the TT course and will not race it. So to win it over as many years as Joey did, you have to be one of the best ever, he should be in top 5

Never top 10 but a bloody hero all day. Road racing’s best ever... not the track though - captm

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22 Cal Crutchlow
23 Colin Edwards

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

My last name is EDWARDS

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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24 John Surtees

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

Only man to win car and bioke worls championships and his win percentage from starts was over twice that of Rossi or any other modern motogp rider.

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

To be car and bike champion is awesome - donrodrigo

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25 Wayne Gardner

Aussies are tough (not Casey though sorry)and gardiner is the epitome of this. Beating legends to his title and winning with the highest competition is worthy of praise, I hold him higher than doohan even with 5 titles - captm

Definitely should be in top ten. No rider more fearless and tenacious than this great rider to execute his plan. not only riding but getting the ride. Just brilliant.

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!

26 Troy Bayliss

Outside top 20 get with the programme! - captm

Good but better in world super bike 10th

Apearing as a wild card in valencia 2006 riding a brutal ducati after winning the sbk championship and beating everybody should make him be on this list

27 Alex Barros

Who? - captm

Top ten? I don't think so ain't even in the same state - captm

He is a great rider

6th allday

28 Phil Read

The best often on poor machinery

The best won races over 5 decades brill

Awesome racer. Highly skilled.

29 Miguel Oliveira

Just check his 2018 wins on Moto2! Even departing from 3rd and 4th rows he recovered to win! Just amazing.

Very fast with a slow bike

Very talented rider even on the not so fast bikes brilliant

An amazing Sunday Racer, that always manage to fight for the podium, regardless from where he starts on the grid!

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30 Luca Cadalora

Another fantastic rider who rossi under valued.

125 world championship 2 x 250 world championships 2nd and 3rd in 500 world championship's on strokers pre electronics pretty good.

That’s because Cadalora wasn't good enough! Rossi is right - captm

31 Andrea Iannone

The one and only MANIAC


32 Sete Gibernau

Another pupil to the school of Rossi. Sete is good no doubt, Rossi is GREAT there’s a difference. - captm

First rider who challenged Rossi

Far a stronger rival for rossi than lorenzo marquez or pedrosa

33 Geoffe Duke

Why’s he down here? He’s like Neil Armstrong to what space is!
I am very sorry to report but this gentleman is doubtlessly top TEN MATERIAL. - captm

6 titles and one of the original pioneers. - asphaltpilot

34 Daijiro Kato

He would have been Rossi's first serious challenge, long before Stoner and Lorenzo... Kato had it all to win MotoGP races and maybe even the championship. Bloody fast and smooth at the same time with a killer instinct. Great rider, sadly missed. #74 forever.

It's a shame he died in 2003, he could be Rossi's challenger when VR46 was in his prime!

Best Japanese Moterbiker ever lived to this day!

Miss you Kato!

Miss u katos a lot

35 Marco Melandri
36 Gary McCoy

Hard to beat his tenacious love for the sport.

Speedway on a MGP bike!

37 Loris Capirossi

Not top ten...NO,possibly top 20? There’s a lot of good riders.
Loris is not the cream! Sorry. - captm

Super consistant but unbelievably unlucky... others took him out when he could have won the title.

7th liked his style

38 Pol Espargaro


39 Graziano Rossi

The father of our ONE AND ONLY 46...hereditary talent

40 Àlex Crivillé

With the up most respect he’s a long way off the top ten a long way away. - captm

One of the best riders in motorcycling

Should be in top ten

4th my opinion

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41 Michael Van Der Mark

Super talented Dutch motercyle racer, who has won the Suzuka 8hour race twice! And is about to win the wss world title.

Has WWS world title, 2 8hour Suzuka wins. And good on his first year in the world superbike.

42 Kork Ballington

Four times world champion!

World Champion 4 times and might have had a chance of a 500cc title if Kawasaki had a competitive bike.

Also super nice guy to know.

43 Rob Bron
44 Alfonso "Sito" Pons Ezquerra
45 Stefan Bradl
46 Jon Ekerold

Only privateer (non-factory rider) to win the 350cc world championship, and with Phil Read one of only two ever to win any championship as a private team. He did it with limited sponsorship and support. With his team of two mechanics he put together and maintained his own bike using a Bimota frame and a Yamaha engine and triumphed over the works Kawasaki of Toni Mang to win the World Championships in 1980. - bobbybranch

47 Toni Elias
48 Alex Rins

Great potential

49 Danilo Petrucci

Nice man and one to watch this season and 2018

50 Niccolò Antonelli
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