Valentino Rossi is the only motorcycle racer present on a Forbes
top ten list for the highest earning Motorsport competitors.
The seven time MotoGP champion took a pay cut in order to return to Yamaha this year, but is still said to have earned $22 million, putting him ahead of reigning triple F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel.
The list is headed by F1 stars Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).
Rossi, whose most recent title was in 2009, took his 80th MotoGP victory at Assen this year. The Italian is fourth in the world championship standings.
“looked at earnings between June 2012 and June 2013 derived from salaries, bonuses, endorsements, as well as the drivers' shares of winnings and licensing” to compile the list, a summary of which is as follows:
1. Fernando Alonso
($28m salary/$2m endorsements).
2. Lewis Hamilton
($26m salary/$1.5m endorsements).
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
($13m salary/$13m endorsements).
4. Jimmie Johnson
($17.3m salary/$6.7m endorsements).
5. Valentino Rossi
($12m salary/$10m endorsements).
6. Tony Stewart
($12.5m salary/$6m endorsements).
7. Jeff Gordon
($12.7m salary/$5.5m endorsements).
8. Sebastian Vettel
($17m salary/$1m endorsements).
9. Danica Patrick
($6m salary/$9m endorsements).
10. Jenson Button
($14m salary/$0m endorsements).