MotoGP » Six of the Best: Rookie Champions


With Marc Marquez taking a 13-point lead into this weekend's Valencia MotoGP season finale, we look back at previous class rookies who were crowned champion...

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kiwimike

November 07, 2013 2:40 PM

Re Ernst Degner leaving the GDR for the "fortune" that Suzuki paid him - If I remember correctly I believe the amount was 10000 pounds, which for a struggling fellow from East Germany back then may well have been a fortune but seems a bit minuscule these days! There is an excellent book about Degner's and Kaaden's career which I have lent to a friend and cannot remember the title. Very interesting read.
Great article by the way. Thanks.

tomcol

November 07, 2013 5:00 PM

Showing my age here but well remember Cecotto winning immedtiately when one was used to riders such as Agostini, Braun and co generally winning all the races. A good era for racing I think.

neilmorrison87

November 07, 2013 5:30 PM
Last Edited 328 days ago

@eermi & @DuqueDomocos - That's a great shout! I absolutely agree regarding Harada. One of the classiest riders of the 90s and his single world championship doesn't fully reflect the extent of his talents. A shame he retired on such a low note after '02.

I believe his title was as impressive as Pedrosa's in '04 but I had to be slightly pedantic with how to choose the list. Decided that a rider could only have started one GP in that class prior to their rookie season if they were to qualify, simply to narrow it down. Harada wild-carded at Suzuka 3 times before '93 so that unfortunately ruled him out. Agree with you that he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as this group though.

Noriben

November 09, 2013 2:03 AM

When I saw the attached picture first, I thought it was taken at its day back in the late 70's. After realizing it is the shot from the recent demo ride at Laguna, it surely gave me a confidence boost, for an old guy like me! An old guy like Kenny can still ride like that.

Even after qarter a centry from his retirement, King Kenny still demonstrates something we want to emulate. He is the real "King"!

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