The Five Greatest Motorcycle Racers in history

1. Giacomo Agostini. If you couldn’t guess from the name, Agostini is Italian and is considered by a great many people to be the best motorcycle racer of all time. Considering the fact that he accumulated a total of 122 Grand Prix wins in addition to his 15 World Championship titles, it’s difficult to argue with that accolade. He mostly raced in the 500cc class, but he also dominated the 350cc when he ventured into the slightly smaller bikes

2. John Surtees. Surtees was the son of motorcycle dealer from south London. It’s not surprising when one learns he had an automotive-headed parent because not only was he an astonishingly gifted motorcycle racer he was also a Formula One driver, and in 1964 became a Forumla One World Championship winner. This was already after he had dominated the motorcycle racing scene, becoming world champion in the 500cc class in 1956, 1958, 1959 and a final time in 1960.

3. Mike Hailwood. So renown was he in the world of motorcycle racing that he was known as Mike the Bike. Another Briton, Hailwood was from Oxfordshire and came from a racing family. His father was a racer before the Second World War. Not dissimilar to John Surtees, who was one of his greatest competitors as they were both active during overlapping periods, Hailwood went on to become a Formula One driver after having a successful motorcycle racing career. Sadly, and somewhat ironically, he died in a simple road traffic accident at the age of only 40 in 1981.

4.Valentino Rossi. At only 37 years old this Italian motorcycle racer and multiple MotoGP World Champion winner still has a few years left to go in his racing career meaning he could eventually go down in history as one of the world’s best riders of all time. He started out racing for Aprilia in the 125cc category and won his first World Championship in the 250cc category, again with Aprilia, in 1999.

5. Jorge Lorenzo. This Spanish-born rider might be considered the current best in the world. Born in 1987 he began racing 125cc, as many racers do, in 2002 and since then has gone from strength to strength. He won back-to-back World Championships in the 250cc class in both 2006 and 3007 and then racked up a total of three MotoGP World Championships in 2010, 2012, and again in 2015. He is the best racer in Spanish history and, at the age of 29 is already the fifth best racer, going by number of wins, in the history of the sport. With 64 career wins already he has only 13 more wins to go before he dethrones Mike Hailwood as the best motorcycle racer in history.