This list is largely comprised according to number of championship titles but there is a rider with only one title to his credit that is more deserving to be included in this list than other riders with multiple titles.
Kevin Schwantz won his only premier class title in 1993 but remains one of the most beloved GP champions in the history of the sport. His crash or win style aboard the RGV Suzuki was always thrilling and while not the best way to accumulate championship titles his cowboy antics were a crowd favorite and earned him more race wins than his arch rival Wayne Rainey.
To commemorate his popularity and dedication to the sport of motorcycle racing, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) retired Schwantz’s #34 racing number
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