Top 10 MotoGP/500cc World Champions

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#10 – Kevin Schwantz

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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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  • TraderJoesSecrets

    It’s Hailwood. Take him out of the slot he’s in, and move him to #1. Shuffle the others back accordingly, and you’re good.

  • fastfreddie

    Tsk,tsk.No place for the great Freddie Spencer?

    Agree with TJS about Hailwood.

  • orangelion03

    Might argue with the rankings (and will enjoy arguing that over beers), but agree completely with the nominees.

  • Scott Holbrooks

    Yes, you better put Spencer in there, but you better not drop Schwantz off the back end either. Fast Freddie won the 500 & 250 in the same year. Unthinkable! I know Rossi is great, but riding the MotoGP bikes is just like a step above Superbikes. The 500′s were animals.

    • John Woods

      Rossi won a 500 title! In fact, he’s won in every class/configuration of GP bikes that have been around for the last 15 years – 125, 250, and 500cc two-strokes, 1000 (technically, 990) and 800cc four-strokes.

  • http://motorcycle.com/ Tom Roderick

    Not including Fast Freddie was a hard decision, but this was about premier class championships so his winning a 250cc title didn’t weigh on the outcome. Yes, he was a two-time premier class champ, but so was Barry Sheene and Casey Stoner and Phil Read. These three riders were, in fact, the ones Schwantz beat out making the 10th slot in this list.

  • John

    Tom,
    I have to disagree about Fast Freddy. He won the 250 and the 500 World championship in the same year.
    good god man.

  • theUg

    Wrong. According to Wikipedia article, Sanyang Industrial Co. Ltd., as it was called then, formed joint venture with Honda in 1962, which persisted for 40 years until dissolution of that partnership in 2002.