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

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

2 Marc Marquez

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

I think it's clear that he is the best motogp rider ever, the stats and facts he made is absolutely amazing. Even though there are some records he hasn't break, but at his young age and his consistency, I have no doubt that one day he will break and keep making the records

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.

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.

I think you said it all, just a shame he retired when he did, would have been some great races with Marquez, I think there skills together would have brought racing to another level, if we could believe that?

Could have been the goat

4 Jorge Lorenzo

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

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

Smoothest ever

He definitely should be number 3 on the list...

5 Giacomo Agostini

Best bikes but still a great achievement

The best in his era

More race wins and World Championships than anyone else.

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

6 Dani Pedrosa

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

My king

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

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.

Pure natural ability.

One of the best ever can't compare with modern riders

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.

8 Michael Doohan

Perseverance paid off... greatest on a two stroke machine!

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

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.

He was the MASTER of 500cc 2 stroke GP bike

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.

King Kenny! The first of the modern era riders

Sheenes nemesis great racing

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

10 Maverick Viñales

Slow buke fast riding

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

Running Machine

Still young but amazing racer

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

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

12 Jarno Saarinen

Words can not describe how great he was,

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..

To me he was a god on a racing bike

13 Freddie Spencer

Biggest talent out there! A shame he had the wrist injury...

Quality over longevity

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

14 Álvaro Bautista

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

15 Wayne Rainey

Scaled down version of Kenny and Eddie.

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

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.

16 Marco Simoncelli

He is so talented.i miss him


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

Champion, who will never come back...

17 Kevin Schwantz

Win it or bin it

Schwantz was pure speed!

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

No doubt about Kevin Schwantz riding. The best.

18 Cal Crutchlow

Legendary wet track racer.

19 Barry Sheene

Robert's nemesis

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

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

20 Joey Dunlop

Best statesman ever for n Ireland very humble person

Legend, all round nice guy.

Greatest road rider ever and also done so much for charity

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

21 Eddie Lawson

Steady Eddie! What else can I say!

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.

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.

22 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

Deluded read some of this twaddle! Max better than anyone who actually won top flight... NO mate don’t think so,... correction no so. - 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

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! - 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!

24 Wayne Gardner

Won against some of the greatest riders in the golden era

Was a grinder and never quit

He deserves to be 15th at least

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

25 Colin Edwards

Ain’t even top 20 get real! - captm

My last name is EDWARDS

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

My favourite

26 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

27 Phil Read

Ace racer

The best often on poor machinery

The best won races over 5 decades brill

Awesome racer. Highly skilled.

28 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!

29 Graziano Rossi

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

30 Troy Bayliss

Best rider when he had the right bike

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

31 Andrea Iannone

The one and only MANIAC


32 Geoffe Duke

A true historical great. Deserves recognition.

6 titles and one of the original pioneers. - asphaltpilot

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

33 Marco Melandri
34 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

35 Daijiro Kato

The most amazing racer I have ever seen, also the most humble I have ever seen. He dominated 250cc the way none other had, and he didn't get to show that before his death in MotoGP, but he would have.

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!

36 Gary McCoy

I miss his slidings...

Hard to beat his tenacious love for the sport.

Speedway on a MGP bike!

37 Loris Capirossi

Good in all categories and nice battles in motogp with the best drivers

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

7th liked his style

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

38 Pol Espargaro


39 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

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

41 Kork Ballington

One of the first to get right off the bike while cornering


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.

42 Alfonso "Sito" Pons Ezquerra
43 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.

44 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

45 Stefan Bradl
46 Danny Kent

Your crazy... he’s gotta be your mate seriously! - captm

He is he best ever.

47 Rob Bron
48 Toni Elias

Back to motogp Mr. Toni Elias

49 Alex Rins

He has great potential...

Great potential

Great at crashing in the top 3, he’s challenging crutchlow.
It just happens that crutchlow is racing that is. - captm

50 Danilo Petrucci

Funny and good rider.. he may win the championship in the future

Nice man and one to watch this season and 2018

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