Eight different manufacturers have achieved world championship glory in the premier class, either in its 500cc or MotoGP guise, and history has given a fair indication of which brand can be considered the best of the best - along the riders who guided them to the historic feats.

From first-ever premier class world champions Leslie Graham and AJS to reigning world title-holders Marc Marquez and Honda, the ‘big three’ of Honda, MV Agusta and Yamaha remain the most decorated thanks to legendary names like Giacomo Agostini, Valentino Rossi, Mick Doohan and Marquez. Modern day powerhouse Ducati has some way to catch up and add to its sole world title secured with Casey Stoner in 2007.

From the early industry leaders from Great Britain and Italy to the Japanese invasion and subsequent domination, the sport has always been rich with world class engineering and innovation as it enters seventh decade.

Below is a breakdown of the total world titles (premier class only) won by each rider for each manufacturer across the history of the 500cc/MotoGP world championship starting in 1949.

A special mention also needs to go to Aprilia and Derbi, whose respective world title hauls stretch into double digits but all came in the smaller classes which have not been included in this list.

Most successful riders for each 500cc/MotoGP manufacturer:

Honda
RidersTitlesYears
Marc Marquez6 
Mick Doohan5 
Valentino Rossi*32001, 2002, 2003
Freddie Spencer21983, 1985
Casey Stoner*12011
Nicky Hayden12006
Alex Criville11999
Eddie Lawson*11989
Wayne Gardner11987
Total21 
MV Agusta
RidersTitlesYears
Giacomo Agostini*7 
Mike Hailwood4 
John Surtees4 
Phil Read21973, 1974
Gary Hocking11961
Total18 
Yamaha
RidersTitlesYears
Valentino Rossi*4 
Jorge Lorenzo32010, 2012, 2015
Wayne Rainey31990, 1991, 1992
Eddie Lawson*31984, 1986, 1988
Kenny Roberts31978, 1979, 1980
Giacomo Agostini*11975
Total17 
Suzuki
RidersTitlesYears
Barry Sheene21976, 1977
Kenny Roberts Jnr12000
Kevin Schwantz11993
Franco Uncini11982
Marco Lucchinelli11981
Total6 
Gilera
RidersTitlesYears
Geoff Duke*31953, 1954, 1955
Umberto Masetti21950, 1952
Libero Liberati11957
Total6 
Ducati
RidersTitlesYears
Casey Stoner*12007
Total1 
Norton
RidersTitlesYears
Geoff Duke*11951
Total1 
AJS
RidersTitlesYears
Leslie Graham11949
Total1 

*Riders who have won 500cc/MotoGP world titles with two different manufacturers.

 

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