The World’s Best Motorbike Riders

No. 1 Giacomo Agostini

Giacomo Agostini was born in Italy in 1942 and is one of the greatest motorcycle riders ever to hit the track. His records include eight wins at the 500cc world Championships and sixty-eight other Grand Prix races.

His first claim to fame was when he won the National Motorcycle championships in 1963 at the age of twenty-one and entered the 175cc class circuit in 1964, and 1966 moved to MV Augusta, and he was soon making waves. He won the World Championships seven times from 1966 to 1974 in the 500cc class and seven times in the 350cc class in 1966 to 1974. In 1974 Agostini joined the Yamaha Team but broke his shoulder in a crash and went on the next year won the World Championship in 1975 which was his eighth and last world title. After this is winning streak all but disappeared, and he retired in 1977.

He then entered the British Formula 1 series and came in second at Snetterton and third twice which put him at eighth, overall. In 1980 he finished fifth in the standing, but both he and the FW 06 chassis had seen their better days.

No. 2 Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi was born in 1979 in Italy; he is one of the top Moto GP riders. Rossi has nine Grand Prix World Championships under his belt as well as seven in the Premier Class. He is in the second position in the Best Rider Category with 112 wins. In the 500cc class, he is the best with an almighty eighty-six wins. In 2018 he needed a mere ten wins to beat Agostini. He won the 500cc World Championship in 2001 riding a Honda and went on to win in 2004 and 2005 with Yamaha. He crashed in 2006 in the final round and lost to Nicky Hayden, and in 2007 Casey Stoner beat him, without effort, on his Ducati, and he was pushed down to 3rd overall.

He then beat Stoner in 2008 and 2009 but dropped out in 2010 with a broken leg, and no wins for the year. In 2011 he joined Ducati, replacing Stoner, who beat him anyway on a Honda. He then re-joined Yamaha in 2013 and 2014 after no wins for Ducati. He then finished second overall in 2014, 2015 and 2016, but was beaten by teammate Jorge Lorenza as Rossi had incurred a penalty due to a clash with a Honda rider. Honda, with Marc Marquez, continued to dominate and Rossi lost out for the first place and only achieved a few wins and some locations. Rossi is contracted until 2020 when he will be 40 years old. Rossi is also a team owner in the junior class Sky Racing Team by VR46 which competes in Moto2 and Moto3.

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