Grand Prix Records and Statistics 

Overall Grand Prix Wins (40 or more)

The motorcycling World Championship got underway in 1949 and has seen solo championships take place for 50cc, 80cc, 125cc, 250cc, 350cc, 500cc, MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes.

A vast amount of riders have won Grand Prix races and even more have graced the podium but when Giacomo Agostini took his 122nd and final Grand Prix win in 1976, few thought it would be ever surpassed. At the time, the second highest total was Mike Hailwood’s 76, some 46 wins behind, but Valentino Rossi’s 21-year GP career has seen him edge ever closer to his fellow Italian’s total and he’s now just eight wins adrift on 115.

Had it not been for his disappointing two-year stint at Ducati, Rossi may even have overtaken Agostini and although his win count each season since hasn’t been the highest, there’s still a chance he may one day hit the number one spot.

In the 68-year history of Grand Prix racing, these are the only two riders to have more than 100 wins and whilst Agostini’s came over a 13-year period, Rossi’s have been over the longer stretch of 21 years, an indication of the dominance Agostini had during his time at MV Agusta.

Rossi vs Marquez

In third spot is the ‘King of the Tiddlers’ Angel Nieto with all of his wins coming in the 50cc, 80cc and 125cc divisions. The Spaniard’s career in Grand Prix racing lasted close to 20 years and he was still winning races in his final year of competition.

Hailwood remains in fourth overall with the Brit one of the few riders to have won races in the 125cc, 250cc, 350cc and 500cc divisions. His total is being closed in upon by another Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo and, still only 29, he has a great chance of overtaking Hailwood.

Marquez takes sixth

That applies to sixth placed Marc Marquez with his 61 wins being an impressive total for someone who’s only 24! Of course, he’s benefited from racing in an era that has enabled riders as young as 15 to compete at the highest level so already has ten years of GP racing under his belt but, if his career lasts as long as Rossi’s, he could well be the rider to break the records.

Michael Doohan occupies seventh place overall and he’s unique in the top ten riders as all of his wins came in just one class, the 500s, the Australian of course dominating the series between 1994 and 1998. Dani Pedrosa matched Doohan’s tally of 54 wins in 2017 and could well add to his total over the next few years.

Next up is another British rider, Phil Read whose wins, like fellow countryman Hailwood, were achieved across the classes and he has his own place in the history books as he was the first rider to become World Champion in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc divisions, a feat only matched by Rossi.

The other riders to have achieved more than 40 wins are all motorcycling greats – Jim Redman, Casey Stoner, Anton Mang and Max Biaggi.

1.Giacomo Agostini122 (1965 – 1977)
2.Valentino Rossi115 (1996 – 2017)
3.Angel Nieto90 (1969 – 1985)
4.Mike Hailwood76 (1959 – 1967)
5.Jorge Lorenzo65 (2003 – 2016)
6.Marc Marquez65 (2010 – 2017)
7.Michael Doohan54 (1990 – 1998)
8.Dani Pedrosa54 (2002 – 2017)
=Phil Read52 (1961 – 1975)
10.Jim Redman45 (1961 – 1966)
=Casey Stoner45 (2003 – 2012)
12.Anton Mang42 (1976 – 1987)
=Max Biaggi42 (1992 – 2004)

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Overall Grand Prix Podiums (80 or more)

With a Grand Prix career that currently spans 22 years. Valentino Rossi’s total of 227 podiums is comfortably the most in GP history. That puts him some 68 clear of second placed Giacomo Agostini with the 15-time World Champion set to be overhauled in the next two seasons by Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo.

They pushed fellow Spaniard Angel Nieto down from third to fifth in 2016, his total of 139 podiums taken over an impressive 20 year period, with Phil Read the top British rider in sixth place overall. He may have taken less wins than Mike Hailwood but when it comes to podiums, he’s nine ahead although, of course his GP career lasted longer.

The penultimate rider to currently have more than 100 podiums is Max Biaggi with Marc Marquez the latest rider to join the century club with a total now of 102. Another Italian Loris Capirossi is next on the list having just missed the 100-mark on 99 podiums. That puts him one ahead of Jim Redman, the latter’s 98 podiums taken in just seven years when he raced across the classes.

Max Biaggi. Credit: Flickr MotoGP Italia

Max Biaggi. Credit: Flickr MotoGP Italia

Once again, Michael Doohan is the only rider to have taken 80 podiums or more in one class, the 500s, and his tally of 95 currently places him 12th overall.

Swiss ace Luigi Taveri often gets overlooked when it comes to discussing GP greats but his 89 podiums shows just how talented he was and that’s a total that was matched by Casey Stoner, his early retirement preventing him from reaching three figures.

German Anton Mang is again on this list although Andrea Dovizioso closed to within one of his total after his excellent showing in 2017. The final rider to have 80 GP podiums or more is Eugenio Lazzarini whose career spanned 15 seasons. Like Nieto, the Italian rider spent all of his career in the 50cc, 80cc and 125cc divisions and had to play second fiddle to the Spaniard on more than one occasion; indeed, whilst he won three World titles, he finished second overall in the 50cc and 125cc Championships on no less than eight occasions!

1.Valentino Rossi227 (1996 – 2017)
2.Giacomo Agostini159 (1965 – 1977)
3.Dani Pedrosa153 (2001 – 2017)
4.Jorge Lorenzo148 (2003 – 2017)
5.Angel Nieto139 (1967 – 1986)
6.Phil Read121 (1961 – 1976)
7.Mike Hailwood112 (1958 – 1967)
8.Max Biaggi111 (1992 – 2005)
9.Marc Marquez102 (2008 – 2017)
10.Loris Capirossi99 (1990 – 2008)
11.Jim Redman98 (1960 – 1966)
12.Michael Doohan95 (1989 – 1998)
13.Luigi Taveri89 (1955 – 1966)
=Casey Stoner89 (2003 – 2012)
15.Anton Mang84 (1976 – 1978)
16.Eugenio Lazzarini81 (1973 – 1984)

500cc/MotoGP Stats

Giacomo Agostini may lead the way for overall Grand Prix wins but when it comes to victories in the premier 500cc/MotoGP class, it’s Valentino Rossi that leads the way. With his first 500cc win coming in 2000, seven world titles has helped him move on to a total of 89 wins and although his win rate has slowed down, just one coming in 2017, he’s 21 clear of Agostini.

Rossi’s wins have come on both Honda and Yamaha machinery with Agostini taking all but six of his wins on MV Agusta and these two will occupy the top two positions for a while longer as the third place rider, Michael Doohan has long since retired. The Australian was dominant for much of the 1990s, his 54 wins coming in just a nine-year period.

Agostini and MV Agusta 

The next rider on the list is still very much going strong and although Jorge Lorenzo’s total of 44 wins is still ten short of Doohan, he won’t be caught for some time either as he’s six clear of the retired Casey Stoner although, of course, the Australian’s total would be a lot higher than 38 had he not chosen to retire while still only 27.

Valentino Rossi image courtest of Joe McGowan on flickr

Valentino Rossi image courtesy of Joe McGowan on flickr

He’s one ahead of the highest British rider on the list, Mike Hailwood, who also retired from GP racing when only 27, whilst next up is Marc Marquez whose 35 wins have come in just five years. He’s followed by the leading American rider, Eddie Lawson whose 31 wins helped him win four World titles and he was also the first rider to win back to back championships on two different makes of machine, Yamaha and Honda.

His total was matched by Dani Pedrosa in 2017, the Spaniard claiming two more victories on home soil with the pairing ahead of two Americans who were also arch-rivals, Kevin Schwantz and Wayne Rainey.

They’re followed by two more Brits with Geoff Duke and John Surtees tied on 22 wins, an impressive number given the reduced number of Grand Prix races back in the 1950s, a total also achieved by triple World Champion Kenny Roberts.

The only other rider to have scored twenty wins or more in the premier class is another American, Freddie Spencer, yet another rider who could have taken many more. His victories were all taken before he’d even turned 24 as injury brought a short, but brilliant career to a premature end. Meanwhile, Barry Sheene is just outside the list having taken 19 500cc victories.

1.Valentino Rossi89 (2000 – 2017)
2.Giacomo Agostini68 (1965 – 1976)
3.Michael Doohan54 (1990 – 1998)
4.Jorge Lorenzo44 (2008 – 2016)
5.Casey Stoner38 (2007 – 2012)
6.Mike Hailwood37 (1961 – 1992)
7.Marc Marquez35 (2013 – 2017)
8.Eddie Lawson31 (1984 – 1992)
9.Dani Pedrosa29 (2006 – 2016)
10.Kevin Schwantz25 (1988 – 1994)
11.Wayne Rainey24 (1988 – 1993)
12.Geoff Duke22 (1950 – 1958)
=John Surtees22 (1956 – 1960)
=Kenny Roberts22 (1978 – 1983)
15.Freddie Spender20 (1982 – 1985)

500cc/MotoGP Grand Prix podiums (50 or more)

Just as he has the greatest number of wins in the 500cc/MotoGP division, Valentino Rossi also has the highest number of podiums with a whopping 191 taken in the 18 years he’s been competing in the class. That puts him way clear of Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, the only other two riders to break the 100-podium mark.

Their respective totals of 107 and 103 are still extremely impressive though particularly Lorenzo’s which have come in just nine years whilst Michael Doohan’s tally of 95 is still good enough to keep him in fourth overall despite having retired almost twenty years ago.

That statement applies to Giacomo Agostini (88) and Eddie Lawson (78) also with Casey Stoner’s short but successful career putting him in seventh, one place ahead of Wayne Rainey. Behind the American rider comes Max Biaggi, the Italian having the most number of podiums in the class without winning a title.

The legend of Biaggi 

Next up is Max Biaggi, the Italian having the most number of podiums in the class without winning a title. He’s arguably the best rider never to have won a 500cc or MotoGP championship although many would say the next rider on the list, Randy Mamola, takes that dubious accolade, the American having finished runner-up in the 500cc Championship on three occasions.

Australian Wayne Gardner racked up 52 podiums during his nine-year career in 500s and that puts him one ahead of fellow World Champions Kevin Schwantz and Alex Criville. Although they didn’t reach fifty podiums in the division, Mike Hailwood (48), Loris Capirossi (42) and Barry Sheene (40) are the next three riders on the list. Andrea Dovizioso also has 42 podiums.

1.Valentino Rossi191 (2000 – 2017)
2.Dani Pedrosa112 (2006 – 2017)
3.Jorge Lorenzo110 (2008 – 2017)
4.Michael Doohan95 (1989 – 1998)
5.Giacomo Agostini88 (1965 – 1977)
6.Eddie Lawson78 (1983 – 1992)
7.Casey Stoner69 (2006 – 2012)
8.Wayne Rainey64 (1988 – 1993)
9.Max Biaggi58 (1998 – 2005)
10.Randy Mamola54 (1979 – 1992)
11.Wayne Gardner51 (1984 – 1992)
=Kevin Schwantz51 (1988 – 1994)
=Alex Criville51 (1992 – 2001)

Moto2 Grand Prix Statistics 

Wins (7 or more) 

The Moto2 class has been part of the Grand Prix programme since 2010 when it replaced the 250cc class which had been part of the World Championship since the inaugural year of 1949, and even though he only contested the series for two years, it’s Marc Marquez who tops the list for the most number of wins.

Between 2011 and 2012, he won 16 races as well as the world title in the second year. He then moved into the premier MotoGP category and that’s become the trend ever since for the champions in the class. His total is one more than 2015 and 2016 World Champion Johann Zarco whose 15 wins came across those two years with the Frenchman now also having made the move to MotoGP in 2017.

Likewise for 2014 World Champion Esteve Rabat who has 13 wins and out of all the riders who have seven wins or more in the class only Thomas Luthi (nine wins) has competed in the Championship every year since 2010. Pol Espargaro (10 wins) and Andrea Iannone (8 wins) are now both factory riders in MotoGP whilst Toni Elias (seven wins) is now competing in the American Superbike Championship. All seven of his wins came in his Championship winning year of 2010.

Franco Morbidelli took eight wins on his way to winning the 2017 World Championship and, along with Luthi, he too will move to MotoGP in 2018.

1.Marc Marquez16 (2011 – 2012)
2.Johann Zarco15 (2015 – 2016)
3.Esteve Rabat13 (2013 – 2015)
4.Pol Espargaro10 (2012 – 2013)
=Thomas Luthi10 (2011 – 2017)
6.Andrea Iannone8 (2010 – 2012)
7.Toni Elias7 (2010)

Podiums (15 or more) 

With eight years in the class, it’s perhaps not surprising to see Swiss ace Thomas Luthi top the list for the highest number of Moto2 podiums, the former 125cc World Champion now having a total of 45. He overhauled Esteve Rabat’s total of 33 after another strong year in 2016 but, after finishing runner-up in 2017, he’ll finally make the move to MotoGP in 2018.

Johann Zarco’s two Championship winning years helped move him onto 30 podiums whilst Marc Marquez still occupies fourth despite only having competed in the class for two years. 25 podiums were taken in those two years though which further goes to show how much of a force he was even as a teenager!

Pol Espargaro is next up on 23, his podiums coming over the period of three years, which puts him two ahead of sixth placed Franco Morbidelli, his total of 21 podiums coming over a similar period.

Andrea Iannone is a further two behind on 19 and Alex Rins follows on 17 although he won’t add to that tally in the foreseeable future having joined Suzuki’s MotoGP team in 2017 whilst the only other rider to have taken more than 15 podiums is Finland’s Mika Kallio. He was a front runner every year between 2011 and 2015, hence his 16 podiums, but moved to the KTM MotoGP project in 2016 so it doesn’t look likely that he’ll add to this figure.

Since 2010, 48 riders have stepped onto a Moto2 podium.


1.Thomas Luthi45 (2010 – 2017)
2.Esteve Rabat33 (2011 – 2015)
3.Johann Zarco30 (2013 – 2016)
4.Marc Marquez25 (2011 – 2012)
5.Pol Espargaro23 (2011 – 2013)
6.Franco Morbidelli21 (2015 – 2017)
7.Andrea Iannone19 (2010 – 2012)
8.Alex Rins17 (2015 – 2016)
9.Mika Kallio16 (2011 – 2014)

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125/Moto3 Grand Prix Stats 

Wins (12 or more)

The 125cc Grand Prix World Championship was on the race programme in the very first year of competition in 1949 and although it was replaced in 2012 by the Moto3 category, the concept has very much remained the same only now it’s 250cc four-strokes that are used.

The class was once the home of ‘small bike’ specialists but it’s now the class that breeds the future champions of MotoGP and Moto2 and it’s rare nowadays for a rider to remain solely in the Moto3 class.

For that reason, Angel Nieto’s impressive tally of 62 Grand Prix wins will, most probably, never be beaten, the Spaniard having dominated the class for much of the 1970s and early 1980s.

Nieto won seven 125cc World titles and his 62 GP wins put him some 36 clear of second placed Carlo Ubbiali, the Italian the dominant force of 125cc and 250cc racing in the 1950s. He retired in 1960 still very much at the top of his game and the fact he’s still in second overall just goes to show how successful he was during that period.

Italian Pierpaolo Bianchi is in third place overall with 24 wins and he, like Nieto and Eugenio Lazzarini, remained in the class for close to 20 years, winning three 125cc titles in the process. He’s two behind Ubbiali but two clear of Luigi Taveri who was another of the leading lights in the 1950s and 1960s. The Swiss ace won three 125cc titles for Honda in the 1960s, and he’s just ahead of double World champion and current Grand Prix team owner Fausto Gresini.

One of Taveri’s main rivals was Hugh Anderson with the New Zealander taking 17 wins and two world titles for Suzuki during the 1960s and he’s followed by another Spaniard, Jorge Martinez, who won 15 races.

British rider Bill Ivy is next up with 14 wins being taken on Yamaha machinery over a three-year period and that’s a total matched by Sweden’s Kent Andersson, himself a double world champion in 1973 and 1974. German Dirk Raudies also took 14 wins with nine of those coming during his Championship winning year of 1993.

Noboru ‘Nobby’ Ueda is the only rider with 12 wins or more never to have been World Champion, the Japanese rider having twice finished runner-up and taken 13 wins, a total matched by 2011 champion Nicolas Terol who was the last rider to win a World Championship on a 125cc two-stroke.

1.Angel Nieto62 (1970 – 1984)
2.Carlo Ubbiali26 (1950 – 1960)
3.Pierpaolo Bianchi24 (1976 – 1985)
4.Luigi Taveri22 (1955 – 1966)
5.Fausto Gresini21 (1984 – 1992)
6.Hugh Anderson17 (1962 – 1965)
7.Jorge Martinez15 (1988 – 1994)
8.Bill Ivy14 (1966 – 1968)
=Kent Andersson14 (1972 – 1975)
=Dirk Raudies14 (1992 – 1995)
11.Noboru Ueda13 (1991 – 2001)
=Nicolas Terol13 (2008 – 2011)
13.Valentino Rossi12 (1996 – 1997)
=Maverick Vinales12 (2011 – 2013)

Podiums (30 or more) 

Unsurprisingly, it’s that man Angel Nieto who again tops the chart for the most podiums in the 125cc/Moto3 class with 85 taken over a 17-year period and that puts him way clear of the second place duo of Luigi Taveri and Pierpaolo Bianchi, both of whom stood on the rostrum 56 times.

Carlo Ubbiali is next up and his 47 podiums are particularly impressive as only a handful of races took place in the early years – 1949 saw just three 125cc races take place, for example. That total is matched by fellow countryman Fausto Gresini whilst another double world champion follows him, Kazuto Sakata. He took 11 wins during his career and was one of the first Japanese riders to make the breakthrough at the beginning of the 1990s and threaten the Spanish and Italian dominance.

Eugenio Lazzarini recorded 40 podiums in the 125s which places him just ahead of Nobby Ueda. Spain’s Nico Terol was an ever present front runner for four years, 2008 to 2011, as seen by his 34 podiums with Kent Andersson doing similar for the first half of the 1970s.

Maverick Vinales’ 31 podiums is impressive given they were achieved over just a three-year period whilst, as well as Ueda, Italian Ezio Gianola is the only other rider to have taken 30 podiums or more without winning a world title.

1.Angel Nieto85 (1970 – 1986)
2.Luigi Taveri56 (1955 – 1966)
=Pierpaolo Bianchi56 (1974 – 1987)
4.Carlo Ubbiali47 (1949 – 1960)
=Fausto Gresini47 (1983 – 1992)
6.Kazuto Sakata41 (1991 – 1998)
7.Eugenio Lazzarini40 (1973 – 1984)
8.Noburu Ueda39 (1991 – 2001)
9.Nicolas Terol34 (2008 – 2011)
10.Kent Andersson32 (1969 – 1975)
11.Maverick Vinales31 (2011 – 2013)
12.Ezio Gianola30 (1983 – 1992)

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