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MotoGP Rider of the Decade results

Your MotoGP Rider of the Decade won't surprise anyone, but do you agree with the rest of the top ten?
Just before Christmas we asked you to vote in our MotoGP Rider of the Decade poll, by awarding each of the ten shortlisted riders with a mark out of ten.

The shortlist contained all of the 500cc/MotoGP world champions since 2000 - Kenny Roberts Jr, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo - plus the four other riders that had finished title runner-up at least once in that time (Max Biaggi, Sete Gibernau, Marco Melandri and Dani Pedrosa).

The final place in the top ten was given to the rider, not yet included, who had achieved the most race wins - Loris Capirossi. Capirossi has taken eight victories during the period in question, more than some of the riders listed above.

Over 25,000 votes were cast for the MotoGP poll - and now it's time to reveal the results.

With seven world championships for two different manufacturers since 2000 it was a foregone conclusion that Valentino Rossi would win the poll, and his score of 9.44 out of 10 made him the undisputed winner.

Second and third places were closer, with Ducati's 2008 world champion Stoner getting the edge over Yamaha's 2010 title winner Lorenzo thanks to marks of 7.643 and 7.276 respectively.

Perhaps surprisingly, Dani Pedrosa emerged as the highest ranked rider not to win the world title, with his score of 6.636 placing the Spaniard above former factory Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden.

Hayden fractionally outscored Max Biaggi, Rossi's arch-rival early in his premier-class career, with Sete Gibernau - who took over as The Doctor's strongest opponent in 2003 and 2004 - in seventh place.

Capirossi, a race winner for Ducati on both 990 and 800cc machinery during the period in question, was ranked eighth, with Suzuki's most recent world champion Roberts Jr ninth and Marco Melandri tenth.

The full Rider of the Decade results are shown below, with the average mark out of ten in brackets...

1. Valentino Rossi (9.44)
2. Casey Stoner (7.643)
3. Jorge Lorenzo (7.276)
4. Dani Pedrosa (6.636)
5. Nicky Hayden (6.041)
6. Max Biaggi (5.991)
7. Sete Gibernau (5.746)
8. Loris Capirossi (5.706)
9. Kenny Roberts Jr (5.341)
10. Marco Melandri (4.976)

Related Pictures

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Rossi, Lorenzo, Stoner, Pedrosa, German MotoGP 2009
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi and Zarco touch, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi runs wide before Zarco makes contact, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi, Dovizioso, Petrucci, Marquez Dutch MotoGP 2017
Lorenzo entering pits to change tyres, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Pedrosa, Miller Dutch MotoGP 2017
Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP 2017

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GBez - Unregistered

January 07, 2011 6:58 AM

So you implying that Rossi has no talent then? I'm guessing then that he won 7 world titles in the premier class based on sheer luck, oh no maybe there was just no competition for him, or perhaps it was all down to the bike... Have to love some of the Rossi haters on here, the more of their dribble I read, the more they make @rses of themselves. Everyone knew what the result of this poll would be, and for good reason.


January 07, 2011 9:17 AM
Last Edited 2363 days ago

it shocks me that people underestimate Biaggis achievements last decade....the only other guy to win races on two different manufacturers. Only other guy besides Rossi to win on a 990 M1, Ran rossi close to the title on yamaha 500 in 2001.he has been at the top of every class/series/championship on every bike he has ridden and is a 5 time champion,lets not forget he won his debut 500 race on privateer bike as well(that was in 98 I know but a special achievement itself) .personality aside, he is a much better rider than Pedrosa....... Rossi winning this was a no brainer.....But Biaggi deserved to be higher I think...but this is a more a popularity contest I suppose, just look at the F1 results and where Hamilton is, now thats a joke

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