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Giacomo Agostini, who has won 15 motorcycle world championships,
Grand Prix motorcycle racing is the main championship of motorcycle road racing, which has been divided into three classes since the 1990 season: 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP, with the addition of MotoE, an electric motorcycle class, in 2021. Classes that have been discontinued include 350cc and 50cc/80cc.[1] The World Grand Prix Road Racing Championship was established in 1949 by the sport's governing body Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and is the oldest motorsport world championship.[2]

When the championship started in 1949, there were four classes; 500cc, 350cc, 250cc and 125cc. The 50cc class was introduced in the 1962 season. Due to rising costs which saw a number of manufacturers withdraw from the championship, the FIM limited 50cc bikes to single cylinder 125cc and 250cc bikes. cm were limited to two cylinders, and motorcycles with an engine capacity of 350 cc. cm and 500 cc. cm - four cylinders. The 350cc class was discontinued in 1982; two years later the 50cc class was replaced by the 80cc class, which was discontinued in 1989. In 2002, 990cc bikes. cc replaced 500cc bikes. See, and this class was renamed MotoGP.[3] 600cc bikes replaced 250cc bikes for the 2010 season and the class was renamed Moto2.[4]

Giacomo Agostinis has won the most world championships with 15 victories. Angel Nieto is in second place with 13 World Championships and Valentino Rossi, Mike Hailwood and Carlo Ubbiali are in third place with 9 World Championships.[5] Agostini holds the record for most wins in the 500cc/MotoGP and 350cc classes, winning eight and seven world championships respectively. Phil Reed and Max Biaggi have won the most championships in the 250cc/Moto2 class, with four wins each. Nieto won the most championships in the 125cc and 50cc/80cc classes, with seven and six victories respectively.[6]



Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing World Champions

ClassifyRiderA countryWinning periodMotoGP/500cc350 cc Cm Moto2/250ccMoto3/125cc80 cm3 / 50 cmMotoEGeneral
1Giacomo AgostiniItaly1966–197587000015
2Angel NietoSpain1969–198400076013
3Valentino RossiItaly1997–20097011009
4Mike HailwoodUnited Kingdom1961–19674230009
5Carlo UbbialiItaly1951–19600036009
6Mark MarquezSpain2010–20196011008
7John SurteesUnited Kingdom1956–19604300007
8Phil ReidUnited Kingdom1964–19742041007
9Jeff DukeUnited Kingdom1951–19554200006
10Jim RedmanRhodesia1962–19650420006
11Mick DoohanAustralia1994–19985000005
12Jorge LorenzoSpain2006–20153020005
13Anton MangGermany1980–19870230005
14Eddie LawsonUnited States1984–19894000004
15Cork BallingtonSouth Africa1978–19790220004
16Walter VillaItaly1974–19760130004
17Max BiaggiItaly1994–19970040004
18Hugh AndersonNew Zealand1963–19650002204
19Jorge MartinezSpain1986–19880001304
20Stefan DörflingerSwitzerland1982–19850000404
21Kenny RobertsUnited States1978–19803000003
21Wayne RaineyUnited States1990–19923000003
23Freddie SpencerUnited States1983–19852010003
24Bruno RuffoItaly1949–19510021003
24Werner HaasGermany1953–19540021003
24Luca CadaloraItaly1986–19920021003
24Dani PedrosaSpain2003–20050021003
28Loris CapirossiItaly1990–19980012003
29Luigi TaveriSwitzerland1962–19660003003
29Pier Paolo BianchiItaly1976–19800003003
31Hans Georg AnscheidtGermany1966–19680000303
32Eugenio LazzariniItaly1978–19800001203
33Umberto MasettiItaly1950–19522000002
33Barry SheenUnited Kingdom1976–19772000002
33Casey StonerAustralia2007–20112000002
36Gary HawkingRhodesia and Nyasaland19611100002
37Alex CrivilleSpain1989–19991001002
37Joan MirSpain2017–20201001002
39Bill LomasUnited Kingdom1955–19560200002
39Fergus AndersonUnited Kingdom1953–19540200002
41Carlos LavadoVenezuela1983–19860020002
41Citeaux PonsSpain1988–19890020002
41Johann ZarcoFrance2015–20160020002
44Cecil SandfordUnited Kingdom1952–19570011002
44Tarquinio ProviniItaly1957–19580011002
44Dieter BraunGermany1970–19730011002
44Manuel PoggialiSan Marino2001–20030011002
44Alex MarquezSpain2014–20190011002
49Kent AnderssonSweden1973–19740002002
49Fausto GresiniItaly1985–19870002002
49Kazuto SakataJapan1994–19980002002
49Haruchika AokiJapan1995–19960002002
53Jan de VriesNetherlands1971–19730000202
53Ricardo TormoSpain1978–19810000202
55Leslie GrahamUnited Kingdom19491000001
55Libero LiberatiItaly19571000001
55Marco LucinelliItaly19811000001
55Franco UnciniItaly19821000001
55Wayne GardnerAustralia19871000001
55Kevin SchwantzUnited States19931000001
55Kenny Roberts Jr.United States20001000001
55Nicky HaydenUnited States20061000001
63Freddie FrithUnited Kingdom19490100001
63Bob FosterUnited Kingdom19500100001
63Keith CampbellAustralia19570100001
63Johnny CecottoVenezuela19750100001
63Takazumi KatayamaJapan19770100001
63John EkeroldSouth Africa19800100001
69Dario AmbrosiniItaly19500010001
69Enrico LorenzettiItaly19520010001
69Hermann Paul MüllerGermany19550010001
69Rodney GouldUnited Kingdom19700010001
69Kel CarruthersAustralia19690010001
69Jarno SaarinenFinland19720010001
69Mario LegaItaly19770010001
69Jean-Louis TournadreFrance19820010001
69Christian SarronFrance19840010001
69John KocinskiUnited States19900010001
69Tetsuya HaradaJapan19930010001
69Olivier JacquesFrance20000010001
69Daijiro KatoJapan20010010001
69Marco MelandriItaly20020010001
69Marco SimoncelliItaly20080010001
69Hiroshi AoyamaJapan20090010001
69Tony EliasSpain20100010001
69Stefan BradlGermany20110010001
69Pol EspargaroSpain20130010001
69Esteve RabatSpain20140010001
69Franco MorbidelliItaly20170010001
69Francesco BagnaiaItaly20180010001
69Enea BastianiniItaly20200010001
92Nello PaganiItaly19490001001
92Rupert HollausAustria19540001001
92Tom PhyllisAustralia19610001001
92Bill IveyUnited Kingdom19670001001
92Dave SimmondsUnited Kingdom19690001001
92Paolo PileriItaly19750001001
92Alessandro GramigniItaly19920001001
92Dirk RowdisGermany19930001001
92Emilio AlzamoraSpain19990001001
92Roberto LocatelliItaly20000001001
92Arnaud VincentFrance20020001001
92Andrea DoviziosoItaly20040001001
92Thomas LuthiSwitzerland20050001001
92Alvaro BautistaSpain20060001001
92Gabor TalmachiHungary20070001001
92Mike Di MeglioFrance20080001001
92Julian SimonSpain20090001001
92Nicholas TerolSpain20110001001
92Sandro CorteseGermany20120001001
92Maverick ViñalesSpain20130001001
92Danny KentUnited Kingdom20150001001
92Brad BinderSouth Africa20160001001
92Jorge MartinSpain20180001001
92Lorenzo Dalla PortaItaly20190001001
92Albert ArenasSpain20200001001
117Ernst DegnerGermany19620000101
117Ralph BryansUnited Kingdom19650000101
117Henk van KesselNetherlands19740000101
117Manuel HerrerosSpain19890000101
121Matteo FerrariItaly20190000011
121Jordi TorresSpain20200000011

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Grand Prix motorcycle racing World champions by country

A countryMotoGP/500cc350 cc Cm Moto2/250ccMoto3/125cc80 cm3 / 50 cmMotoEGeneral
United Kingdom1713951045
United States150200017
South Africa0321006
New Zealand0002204
San Marino0011002

Fabio Quartararo became MotoGP champion after the fall of his main rival

Monster Energy Yamaha pilot Fabio Quartararo took third place at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in Misano and secured the MotoGP championship title two rounds before the end of the 2021 season. Quartararo became the first French world champion in motorcycle racing since 1979, when Patrick Pons became the strongest.

Francesco Bagnaia, Quartararo's main rival for the championship, started in Misano from pole position and, with the support of Ducati Lenovo teammate Jack Miller, led the race. But first, Miller fell on the fifth lap, and four laps before the finish, Banyai couldn’t hold on to the bike either. By withdrawing from the race, the Italian lost the chance to compete with Quartararo for the title - the gap in the championship is too large to make up in the two remaining races.

Marc Marquez ended up finishing first at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix - this is his third of the season and second consecutive victory in MotoGP. Pol Espargaro finished second, and the Repsol Honda Team eventually celebrated a winning double. Quartararo was third, with Enea Bastianini and Joanne Zarco finishing behind him.

In the overall standings, Quartararo's lead over Bagnaia reached 68 points. Joan Mir is third, Zarco is in fourth place - only these two can take second place from Francesco Bagnai at the end of the 2021 season.

The Algarve Grand Prix, the penultimate MotoGP race of the year, will take place in Portugal on November 7.

MotoGP. Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna (top 10):

  1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) - 41:52.830
  2. Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) +4.859 sec
  3. Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama) +12,013
  4. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha) +12,775
  5. Joanne Zarco (Pramac Racing) +16,458
  6. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) +17,669
  7. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) +18,468
  8. Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) +18,607
  9. Luca Marini (Sky VR46 Avintia) +25,417
  10. Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha SRT) +27.735.

Overall standings (top 10):

  1. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha) – 267 points
  2. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) - 202
  3. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) – 175
  4. Joanne Zarco (Pramac Racing) – 152
  5. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) – 149
  6. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) – 142
  7. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) - 136
  8. Alex Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) - 113
  9. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha / Aprilia Gresini) – 106
  10. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) - 92.



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High speeds and big spikes

In Soviet times, fans were very fond of speedway - motorcycle racing on an ice track.
Contact fighting at high speeds, skidding, plumes of snow flying out from under the wheels. From under the very wheels on which huge iron conical spikes 28 mm high are attached to stabilize the motorcycle on ice. This makes the vehicle extremely dangerous to operate, and therefore the racers, like medieval knights, put on protective equipment. Still, this does not always help avoid injury. But the most tragic episode in this sport happened on February 19, 1984 at the Grand Sports Arena of the Central Stadium named after V.I. Lenin (now Luzhniki).

Related article Ukrainian racer died due to non-compliance with safety regulations

In those days, a serious tournament was taking place in Moscow: the 19th World Championship in motorcycle ice racing (speedway). There were posters all over the city, and therefore a sufficient number of fans gathered in the stands: about 60 thousand people attended the competition over two days. That day turned out to be frosty and sunny.

The races came one after another. Four people took part in each of them. Athletes carried out several races in different combinations, gaining points depending on their place. Soviet racer Anatoly Gladyshev was 13th out of 18 racers in the standings after the first day of competition, 10 points behind the leaders. It was obvious: there was no way to get to the medals. But it was necessary to try to rise higher and help more successful partners.

Eric Stenlund at all costs . He was in the lead in the overall standings, and therefore it was necessary to lower him as low as possible.

“The motorcycle wheels hit my neck...”

This is how Honored Master of Sports and seven-time speedway world champion Sergei Tarabanko , coach of the USSR national team in 1984, recalled the fateful race.

“I was the last one to talk to Tolya before this race. “Don’t worry,” he told me. “I’m about to kill Stenlund...” Alas, despite his young age, the Swede felt the situation well: he first managed to win the start, and then tilt his motorcycle very low on the turn, and Gladyshev got caught, as we say, in a child’s mat. He literally stuck into a motorcycle that was being propped up and couldn’t stay in the saddle. Centrifugal force carried him across the ice directly under the wheels of motorcycles of riders taking long turns. After a terrible collision with the Russians , Anatoly’s hands flew off the steering wheel, and he, already without a motorcycle, flew backwards onto the path along which Wartbichler . Alas, Walter was no longer able to change anything: the spikes of the front wheel of his motorcycle at full speed crashed into the unprotected part of the neck between Anatoly’s helmet and overalls... Doctors later diagnosed a fracture of the base of the skull, cervical vertebrae and a rupture of the carotid artery..."

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He raised the Cup over his head, and in the morning he crashed. The tragedy of goalkeeper Misha Eremin

An ambulance, which was on duty not far from the track, immediately went to the victim, but the organizers did not take into account that it could not really drive on the ice: it crawled like a turtle, constantly getting stuck. But even when she got to the prone athlete, help was no longer needed: Anatoly Gladyshev was dead.

At this very time, to calm the stands, they asked the announcer-informant to make an announcement that everything was fine with the racer and that after assistance he would return to the races. But the athletes themselves already knew that Gladyshev’s collision with Wartbichler had become fatal. When the last race ended, the newly-minted world champion Stenlund appeared at the scene with red carnations and laid them in memory of the Russian racer.

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