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Greatest Grand Prix Races

1987 Brands Hatch, Transatlantic Race, Kevin Schwantz and Wayne Rainey

In 1987 two unknowns Kevin Schwantz and Wayne Rainey arrived on the scene. The pair took over the competition and crushed course lap records. The furious rivalry between the two drove their success in MotoGP. Initially driven by the prize money for their first race, this caused the pair to drive with such ferocity that shocked spectators.

1983 Anderstorp, Swedish Grand Prix

This is Kenny Roberts’s most famous race and he lost. His rival Freddie Spencer rode neck and neck for points for the ’83 championship. However there were only two races left. The battle for the lead came down to the last corner of the race with Robert’s thinking he had it but he braked late. Then he was passed by Spencer on the inside. While Roberts knew that he was on the limit by braking late but Freddie missed the corner. Then Freddie took out Roberts and placed out onto the dirt. But Spencer was able to recover his position in first and won the race. By two points, Spencer managed to win the title.

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1988 Paul Ricard, French Grand Prix

In 1988, Paul Ricard, Wayne Gardner, defending champion, and Eddie Lawson raced in the French Grand Prix and Lawson was leading by twenty points. However, a dislocated shoulder caused Eddie Lawson to not disregard compared to the others. However Gardner seemed to be the favorite in the race because of Lawson’s injury. Gardner’s problem stemmed from the others racers such as Rainey, Schwantz, and Sarron. In the race, the first shock came from injured Eddie. He challenged and pushed past Rainey to join with the leading three riders instead of a steady ride. Then on the last lap, Gardner had the lead and at the straight his water pump that halted his lead. Somehow Gardner managed to keep his bike going with only three cylinders, and ultimately finished fourth. At the front of the pack, Sarron skillfully rode to shotgun to Lawson and Schwantz was kept at third. Second and third were all within less than half a second off the leader. For Eddie Lawson, this would be one of his best and boldest races.

1979 Silverstone, British GP, Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts

Barry Sheene was in his prime and at the height of his fame. He was number two in the world for MotoGP. The races were clean and appearing natural. However what makes this race historical was the tension throughout the race that captured the attention of all those watching. This does not even include a last lap thrust for first by Bazza in the race.

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2005 Oschersleben 24 Hour, World Endurance

The French Suzuki Castrol was the favorites at the 2005 championship in Germany for the final round. However the team was crashed on oil after a couple laps which crushed their favorite status. When they finally rejoined the race, but their big rider had hurt broken his wrist. French Suzuki Team managed to hold onto their first place lead but it was shared by their other riders, Mattheau Lagrive and Keiichi Kitagawa. While their rivals, Yamaha Austria and Phase One chased them down and put on the pressure for French Suzuki. However Phase one was taken out when their engine blew. Then the Austrians crashed after dawn which took them out and left only the French team to face exhaustion and the weather. The French Suzuki Castrol managed to cross the finish line and was nine hours after the Austrians were taken out. This won the French the World Championship.

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Greatest MotoGP Riders of all Time

Valentino Rossi: February 16, 1979

He is an Italian MotoGP racer as well as one of the most popular motorcycle racers of all time. He has won nine Grand Prix World Championships of those seven are in the premier class. Rossi followed in his father’s path to MotoGP racing. Valentino started his racing career with Grand Prix in 1996 and then he won his first World Championship then in 1997. After he moved up categories and then he won the World Championship, 1999. He moved up to premier class in 2000, where he won with the Honda team the World Championship in 2001 and the MotoGP World Championships in 2002 and 2003. Rossi continued his winning streak of championships by winning the 2004 and 2005 titles; he had left Honda to join team Yamaha. Then Rossi raced back to winning the title in 2008 and kept it in 2009.Rossi is leading with all time MotoGP race wins standings. He has 88 victories, and Rossi also is the second in all time overall wins standing, 114 race wins.

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Casey Stoner: October 16, 1985

He is a retired Australian professional motorcycle racer. Stoner won two MotoGP World Champions, 2007 and 2011. Many in the industry consider Casey Stoner to be one of best racers regarding as him the fastest and most talented riders. Currently Stoner works as a test and development rider for Ducati, which means he is continuing to train the next generation. Then in March 2015, Casey Stoner announced that he would return to MotoGP competition for a one time ride in the 2015 Suzuka, which is an 8 Hour ride. However during the race, Stoner crashed and ended up out of the race due to mechanical failure. Fortunately for Stoner, Honda apologized to Stoner about the failure which caused injury.

Marc Marquez: February 17, 1993

Marquez is Spaniard, two-time world champion, as well as a rider who has won world championship titles at least three different categories. This places him with Valentino Rossi and Phil Read. His titles consist of the2010, the 2012 the 2013, and 2014 World Championships.  Then Marquez was one of the first riders, since 1978, to accomplish in his first season the premier class title as well as one of the youngest to win that title. The title defended by winning the 2014 championship by several rounds. The run for the title had him winning ten races in a row.  His record list is long and impressive.

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Giacomo Agostini: June 16, 1942

An Italian racer, he is a multi-time world champion. He was given the nickname Ago. Agostini has the MotoGP record of 122 wins and 15 World Championships titles. Like the other men on this list, by many is considered to be one of the greatest motorcycle racers. Let’s break this down by MotoGP classes: in the 500cc class there are 68 wins and 8 titles and then in 350cc had the rest. Agostini competed in several series including the European Formula 2 series in a Chevron B42-BMW, British Aurora Formula 1 on his own team, and a Williams FW06.

Michael Doohan: June 4, 1965

An Australian racer is former Grand Prix World Champion. Doohan has won five consecutive World Championships in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998. There are only two others who have won more primer class titles than Giacomo Agostini and Valentino Rossi, which are on this list. His final appearance was in June 2011 during the race at the Isle of Man TT for a parade lab.