The Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix, more commonly known as the Moto GP, is a premier motorcycle racing competition. Competitors race in an 18 round competition between late March and early November, visiting a total of 14 countries in Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Australia. Each race is contested by 23 riders, with the top fifteen place-getters gaining points in the Riders’ Championship.
The competition commenced in 1949 and has grown in popularity around the globe. The sport is especially popular in Spain, where many Moto GP winning riders have come from, including Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo. Spain also hold more races each season than any other country, with four rounds throughout the season at Valencia, Catalonia, Aragon and Jerez de la Fontera.
Ducati, Honda and Yamaha are the leading constructors in the sport, and they also compete in a separate Constructors’ Championship. Motorbikes used in the competition must adhere to certain specifications and regulations such as engine construction and size and weight of the bike. Riders use 1000cc V-twin, V4 or inline-four motors that produce more than 180 kilowatts. With so much power at the rider’s disposal, it’s no surprise that tragedy has struck the sport a few times. In 2011, Italian fan favourite, Marco Simoncelli, died after a horrific accident at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
|2015||YAMAHA||JORGE LORENZO||VALENTINO ROSSI||MARC MARQUEZ|
|2014||HONDA||MARC MARQUEZ||VALENTINO ROSSI||JORGE LORENZO|
|2013||HONDA||MARC MARQUEZ||JORGE LORENZO||DANI PEDROSA|
|2012||HONDA||JORGE LORENZO||DANI PEDROSA||CASEY STONER|
|2011||HONDA||CASEY STONER||JORGE LORENZO||ANDREA DOVIZIOSO|
|2010||YAMAHA||JORGE LORENZO||DANI PEDROSA||VALENTINO ROSSI|
|2009||YAMAHA||VALENTINO ROSSI||JORGE LORENZO||DANI PEDROSA|
|2008||YAMAHA||VALENTINO ROSSI||CASEY STONER||DANI PEDROSA|
|2007||DUCATI||CASEY STONER||DANI PEDROSA||VALENTINO ROSSI|
|2006||HONDA||NICKY HAYDEN||VALENTINO ROSSI||LORIS CAPIROSSI|