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RC211V still tops list.

Honda's RC211V may not have raced since the end of 2006, but it's record of winning grands prix with more riders than any other MotoGP bike is a long way from being challenged.

Ten riders won at least one race on the 990cc RC211V between 2002 and 2006. The V5 powered motorcycle also remains the only bike with which satellite riders have won a four-stroke MotoGP race.

Valentino Rossi won the 2002 and 2003 world championship on the bike, with Nicky Hayden returning the RC211V to the top of the world in 2006.

However, as shown below, the 800cc RC212V has been far less competitive, with only Dani Pedrosa also to stand on the top step of the podium since 2007, leaving Honda behind Yamaha and Ducati.

Rossi won the 990cc MotoGP title for Yamaha in 2004 and 2005, with Casey Stoner then claiming the inaugural 800cc title for Ducati in 2007. Rossi gave Yamaha's its first 800cc crown last season.

Rossi and Max Biaggi are still the only riders to have won MotoGP races on two different brands of machine.

Number of different MotoGP race winners by manufacturer:

990cc (2002-2006)
Honda: 10 - Valentino Rossi, Sete Gibernau, Max Biaggi, Marco Melandri, Nicky Hayden, Dani Pedrosa, Alex Barros, Toni Elias, Makoto Tamada, Tohru Ukawa.
Yamaha: 2 - Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi.
Ducati: 2 - Loris Capirossi, Troy Bayliss.
Suzuki: 0
Kawasaki: 0
Aprilia: 0
Roberts: 0
WCM: 0
Moriwaki: 0

800cc (2007 onwards)
Yamaha: 2 - Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo.
Ducati: 2 - Casey Stoner, Loris Capirossi.
Honda: 1 - Dani Pedrosa
Suzuki 1 - Chris Vermeulen
Kawasaki: 0
Roberts: 0
Ilmor: 0

What do you think has been MotoGP's best bike and why? Leave you comments below...

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April 30, 2009 12:02 PM

the rc211v was great because of how many guys won races on it. From the smooth as glass Biaggi to the sliding Hayden, to Rossi, to Barros etc. THey did have more bikes in the field,but look at it now. 6 hondas and 1 race winner(DP)800s are a waste. I loved the way Elias backed it in overtaking Rossi and Roberts Jr at estoril in 06. Will we ever see racing like that again?

Djen Total rubbish. Haydens rc212v had the same seat height, wheelbase and footpeg to handlebar ratio as his rc211v. He asked for a bigger fairing and he got it. The tail piece on the 07 model gave the illusion of a smaller bike. In 08 the exhausts were once again exiting through the tail and the illusion was gone, it looked as big as any other gp bike. The only thing stopping hayden from producing results was hayden himself.

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