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.
At the conclusion of the 2020 season, some 382 riders had won Grand Prix races with a staggering 741 having stood on 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 24-year GP career has seen him edge ever closer to his fellow Italian’s total and although he hasn’t won since 2017, he’s only seven wins adrift on 115.
Had it not been for his disappointing two-year stint at Ducati, Rossi may even have overtaken Agostini and although you have to go back to the Dutch GP in 2017 to find his last win, 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.
Twelve more wins for Marc Marquez in 2019 saw him move up to a total of 82 wins and from fifth overall to fourth with the fact that he’s still only 26 – and the dominant force in MotoGP – meaning he has every chance of continuing his climb up the chart. However, a badly broken arm in 2020 meant he never scored a point let a lone a win and more wins will be dependent on how his arm heals ahead of the 2021 season.
Marquez, like others, has benefited from racing in an era that has enabled riders as young as 15 to compete at the highest level so already has twelve 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.
Mike Hailwood remains in fifth overall with the Brit one of the few riders to have won races in the 125cc, 250cc, 350cc and 500cc divisions but the fact his last GP win was in 1967 further illustrates just how good he was.
Sixth place is another Spaniard, Jorge Lorenzo, who may well have overtaken Hailwood as well had he not had a relatively disappointing two years at Ducati which yielded only three wins. That moved him to career total of 68 which has proven to be his final tally having announced his retirement at the end of the 2019 season after his dream move to Repsol Honda turned out to be anything but.
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 although he failed to win a race in 2018, he subsequently retired with a glittering career behind him.
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.
382 riders have now won Grand Prix races since the World Championship was first introduced in 1949.
|1||Giacomo Agostini||122 wins (1965-1976)|
|2||Valentino Rossi||115 wins (1996-2017)|
|3||Angel Nieto||90 wins (1969-1985)|
|4||Marc Marquez||82 wins (2010-2019)|
|5||Mike Hailwood||76 wins (1959-1967)|
|6||Jorge Lorenzo||68 wins (2003-2018)|
|7||Michael Doohan||54 wins (1990-1998)|
|=||Dani Pedrosa||54 wins (2002-2017)|
|9||Phil Read||52 wins (1961-1975)|
|10||Jim Redman||45 wins (1961-1966)|
|=||Casey Stoner||45 wins (2003-2012)|
|12||Anton Mang||42 wins (1976-1987)|
|=||Max Biaggi||42 wins (1992-2004)|
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Overall Grand Prix Podiums (80 or more)
With a Grand Prix career that currently spans 25 years. Valentino Rossi’s total of 235 podiums is comfortably the most in GP history. That puts him some 76 clear of second placed Giacomo Agostini with the 15-time World Champion still ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo.
Pedrosa is only one ahead of his compatriot Lorenzo but with both now having retired, Agostini looks set to remain in second overall for some while yet. The success of Pedrosa and Lorenzo pushed fellow Spaniard Angel Nieto down from third to fifth in 2016, his total of 139 podiums taken over an impressive 20 year period.
A mammoth 18 podiums from the 19 races held in 2019 saw the phenomenon that is Marc Marquez move further up the leaderboard with a career total now of 134 podiums but his success came to an abrupt halt in 2020 when he was ruled out of the season due to injury. However, if he recovers in time for the 2021 and can quickly get back to his best, he should overhaul Agostini for second although toppling Rossi will still be a big ask given he’s still 100 adrift. Even at his current rate, it will take him five to six years to rack up 100 more podiums.
Phil Read is the top British rider with his 121 podiums now placing him seventh 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 111 whilst another Italian, Andrea Dovizioso became just the tenth rider to achieve the feat with his nine podiums in 2019 taking him to 101 – two more were added in 2020 and he now sits on 103 although whether he adds any more remains to be seen as he’s taken a sabbatical from racing in 2021.
Loris Capirossi, is next on the list having just missed the 100-mark on 99 podiums and that puts him one ahead of Jim Redman, the latter’s 98 podiums taken in just seven years when he raced across the classes.
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, one place ahead of Swiss ace Luigi Taveri who often gets overlooked when it comes to discussing GP greats. His 89 podiums show 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 whilst 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 Rossi||235 podiums (1996-2020)|
|2||Giacomo Agostini||159 (1965-1977)|
|3||Dani Pedrosa||153 (2001-2017)|
|4||Jorge Lorenzo||152 (2003-2018)|
|5||Angel Nieto||139 (1967-1986)|
|6||Marc Marquez||134 (2008-2019)|
|7||Phil Read||121 (1961-1976)|
|8||Mike Hailwood||112 (1958-1967)|
|9||Max Biaggi||111 (1992-2005)|
|10||Andrea Dovizioso||103 (2003-2020)|
|11||Loris Capirossi||99 (1990-2008)|
|12||Jim Redman||98 (1989-1998)|
|13||Michael Doohan||95 (1989-1998)|
|14||Luigi Taveri||89 (1955-1966)|
|=||Casey Stoner||89 (2003-2012)|
|16||Anton Mang||84 (1976-1978)|
|17||Eugenio Lazzarini||81 (1973-1984)|
500/MotoGP Grand Prix wins (20 or more)
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’s out front. 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 last win came back 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 whilst Rossi’s total will keep him on top of the pile for a while longer Agostini’s total is coming under threat from Marc Marquez.
Twelve more wins in 2019 moved him from 44 victories to 56 in the premier class, which puts him 12 behind the Italian great, although he failed to add to that tally in 2020 after getting injured at the opening round. His success in 2019 moved him ahead of Michael Doohan who retired in 1999. The Australian was dominant for much of the 1990s, his 54 wins coming in just a nine-year period.
The next rider on the list is also now retired, Jorge Lorenzo hanging up his leathers at the end of the 2019 season thus remaining on a career total of 47 MotoGP wins. He’s nine clear of 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. One win further back is the highest British rider on the list, Mike Hailwood, who also retired from GP racing when only 27.
Next up is 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 Rossi||89 wins (2000 – 2017)|
|2||Giacomo Agostini||68 (1965 – 1976)|
|3||Marc Marquez||56 (2013 – 2019)|
|4||Michael Doohan||54 (1990-1998)|
|5||Jorge Lorenzo||47 (2008-2018)|
|6||Casey Stoner||38 (2007-2012)|
|7||Mike Hailwood||37 (1961-1967)|
|8||Eddie Lawson||31 (1984-1992)|
|=||Dani Pedrosa||31 (2006-2017)|
|10||Kevin Schwantz||25 (1988-1994)|
|11||Wayne Rainey||24 (1988-1993)|
|12||Geoff Duke||22 (1950-1958)|
|=||John Surtees||22 (1956-1960)|
|=||Kenny Roberts||22 (1978-1983)|
|15||Freddie Spencer||20 (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 199 taken in the 20 years he’s been competing in the premier class. That puts him way clear of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, the only other two riders to break the 100-podium mark.
Their respective totals of 114 and 112 are still extremely impressive though particularly Lorenzo’s which came in just twelve years whilst Michael Doohan’s tally of 95 is still good enough to keep him in fourth overall despite having retired over twenty years ago.
That figure was matched by Marc Marquez in 2019, the Spaniard taking 18 podiums on his way to a sixth premier class world title, and that success saw him push Giacomo Agostini (88) and Eddie Lawson (78) down he order although their figures are still impressive given how long it is since they retired.
Next up is Casey Stoner, the Australian’s short but successful career putting him in eighth, one place ahead of Wayne Rainey, whilst nine more podiums in 2019 moved Andrea Dovizioso up to tenth overall, the Italian having the most number of podiums in the class without winning a title.
He added two more to his tally in 2020 and is now four ahead of fellow countryman Max Biaggi who’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 four 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.
|1||Valentino Rossi||199 podiums (2000-2020)|
|2||Jorge Lorenzo||114 (2008-2018)|
|3||Dani Pedrosa||112 (2006-2017)|
|4||Michael Doohan||95 (1989-1998)|
|=||Marc Marquez||95 (2013-2019)|
|5||Giacomo Agostini||88 (1965-1977)|
|6||Eddie Lawson||78 (1983-1992)|
|7||Casey Stoner||69 (2006-2012)|
|8||Wayne Rainey||64 (1988-1993)|
|9||Andrea Dovizioso||62 (2008-2020)|
|10||Max Biaggi||58 (1998-2005)|
|11||Randy Mamola||54 (1979-1992)|
|12||Wayne Gardner||52 (1984-1992)|
|13||Kevin Schwantz||51 (1988-1994)|
|=||Alex Criville||51 (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, Thomas Luthi (twelve wins) has competed in the Championship the most, with only a solitary year in MotoGP since 2010.
Pol Espargaro (10 wins) and Andrea Iannone (8 wins) both moved up into MotoGP with the same applying to the other four riders on eight wins – Franco Morbidelli, Francesco Bagnaia, Alex Marquez and Brad Binder. The first three all won the World Championship with Binder matching their tally of wins and joining them in MotoGP in 2020.
Toni Elias (seven wins) is now competing in the American Superbike Championship with all seven of his wins coming in his Championship winning year of 2010.
Since 2010, 42 riders have won a Moto2 GP race.
|1||Marc Marquez||16 wins (2011-2012)|
|2||Johann Zarco||15 (2015-2016)|
|3||Esteve Rabat||13 (2013-2015)|
|4||Thomas Luthi||12 (2011-2019)|
|5||Pol Espargaro||10 (2012-2013)|
|6||Andrea Iannone||8 (2010-2012)|
|=||Franco Morbidelli||8 (2017)|
|=||Alex Marquez||8 wins (2017-2019)|
|=||Francesco Bagnaia||8 (2018)|
|=||Brad Binder||8 (2018-2019)|
|9||Toni Elias||7 (2010)|
Moto2 Grand Prix Podiums (15 or more)
With nine 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 53 after taking another eight in 2019.
He overhauled Esteve Rabat’s total of 33 after another strong year in 2016 but, after finishing runner-up in 2017, he moved to MotoGP in 2018 although a lacklustre season in the premier class saw him return to Moto2 in 2019, he promptly finished third overall.
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 level with Alex Marquez whose championship winning season in 2019 saw him promoted to MotoGP in 2020 where he lined up with brother Marc at Repsol Honda.
That puts them two ahead of sixth placed Franco Morbidelli, his total of 21 podiums coming over a period of three years, a figure that was matched by Miguel Oliveira in 2018, the KTM rider only narrowly missing out on the title.
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 riders to have taken more than 15 podiums are Finland’s Mika Kallio, Italian Francesco Bagnaia and South Africa’s Brad Binder.
Kallio 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. Bagnaia, meanwhile, took the World Championship in 2018 and immediately made the step up to MotoGP with Pramac Ducati with Binder doing the same with KTM in 2020, after finishing second overall in 2019.
Marini, meanwhile, battled with Lowes and eventual champion Enea Bastianini throughout 2020 moving onto 15 podiums.
Since 2010, 64 riders have stepped onto a Moto2 podium.
Thomas Luthi = 53 (2010-2019)
Esteve Rabat = 33 (2011-2015)
Johann Zarco = 30 (2013-2016)
Marc Marquez = 25 (2011-2012)
Pol Espargaro = 23 (2011-2013)
Alex Marquez = 23 (2016-2019)
Franco Morbidelli = 21 (2015-2017)
Miguel Oliveira = 21 (2017-2018)
Andrea Iannone = 19 (2010-2012)
Sam Lowes = 18 (2014-2020)
Alex Rins = 17 (2015-2016)
Mika Kallio = 16 (2011-2014)
Francesco Bagnaia = 16 (2017-2018)
Brad Binder = 15 (2017-2019)
Luca Marini = 15 (2018-2020)
125/Moto3 Grand Prix Stats
125/Moto3 Grand Prix 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 who remained there for all their careers 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, also for Yamaha. German Dirk Raudies also took 14 wins with nine of those coming during his Championship winning year of 1993.
Noboru ‘Nobby’ Ueda and Romano Fenati are the only riders 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 machine. Fenati took his 12th win in 2020.
Meanwhile, Can Oncu became the youngest ever rider to win a Grand Prix race after taking victory in the 2018 Valencian Moto3 Grand Prix aged 15 years and 115 days, the Turk overhauling the record that Brit Scott Redding had held since 2008.
171 riders have now won 125cc/Moto 3 races.
Angel Nieto = 62 wins (1970-1984)
Carlo Ubbiali = 26 (1950-1960)
Pierpaolo Bianchi = 24 (1976-1985)
Luigi Taveri = 22 (1955-1966)
Fausto Gresini = 21 (1984-1992)
Hugh Anderson = 17 (1962-1965)
Jorge Martinez = 15 (1988-1994)
Bill Ivy = 14 (1966-1968)
Kent Andersson = 14 (1972-1975)
Dirk Raudies = 14 (1992-1995)
Noboru Ueda = 13 (1991-2001)
Nicolas Terol = 13 (2008-2011)
Valentino Rossi = 12 (1996-1997)
Maverick Vinales = 12 (2011-2013)
Romano Fenati = 12 (2012-2020)
125/Moto3 Grand Prix 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 and 41 podiums 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 Nieto||85 (1970 – 1986)|
|2.||Luigi Taveri||56 (1955 – 1966)|
|=||Pierpaolo Bianchi||56 (1974 – 1987)|
|4.||Carlo Ubbiali||47 (1949 – 1960)|
|=||Fausto Gresini||47 (1983 – 1992)|
|6.||Kazuto Sakata||41 (1991 – 1998)|
|7.||Eugenio Lazzarini||40 (1973 – 1984)|
|8.||Noburu Ueda||39 (1991 – 2001)|
|9.||Nicolas Terol||34 (2008 – 2011)|
|10.||Kent Andersson||32 (1969 – 1975)|
|11.||Maverick Vinales||31 (2011 – 2013)|
|12.||Ezio Gianola||30 (1983 – 1992)|