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The US MotoGP™ Hall of Fame

The US  MotoGP™ Hall of Fame

RedBull.com takes a look back at some of the US’s biggest MotoGP™ stars, ahead of the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas this weekend.

After the season opener in Qatar, it’s off to Texas for MotoGP as the World Championship hits up the Lone Star State for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

Austin doesn’t just provide a magnificent track and a vociferous crowd, but there’s a strong MotoGP history in the States too. In anticipation of a great weekend of action at the Circuit of the Americas, RedBull.com looks at the icons of the US’s MotoGP history.

1. Eddie Lawson

The most successful US rider in the sport’s history, Lawson won four 500cc titles during the ‘Golden Era’ for American riders of the 1980s. Lawson became the first rider in history to win back-to-back titles with different manufacturers, when he secured his '88 and '89 crowns on Yamaha and Honda machinery, respectively.

2. Kenny Roberts Sr

The first American world champion! Roberts came from a dirt track background in the States and shook up the 500cc World Championship in 1978 by winning it as a rookie. He claimed three consecutive titles with Yamaha to kick off the US’s dominant period, went on to become a successful team manager and became the first and still only father-son world champion duo when his son Kenny Jr won the 500cc title in 2000.

3. Freddie Spencer

Another American record-breaker, Spencer’s victory at Spa in 1982 made him the youngest ever race winner in the 500cc class. The following year he became the youngest world champion at just 21, both records he held until recently when a certain Marc Márquez took them. Spencer won two 500cc titles, his second all the more impressive considering that he won the 250cc championship in the same season.

4. Wayne Rainey

Three straight titles with Yamaha between 1990-1992, and there could have been more. Rainey continued the American tradition with his phenomenal form before a crash at Misano towards the end of the 1993 season ended his career prematurely.

5. Kevin Schwantz

Rainey’s rival after the pair had come through the US Superbike scene together, Schwantz was a fan favourite for his unique riding style and all-out action attitude. A Suzuki rider his entire career, he took his sole 500cc title in 1993, but many felt there could and should have been more.
Rainey’s rival after the pair had come through the US Superbike scene together, Schwantz was a fan favourite for his unique riding style and all-out action attitude. A Suzuki rider his entire career, he took his sole 500cc title in 1993, but many felt there could and should have been more.

6. Nicky Hayden

The last American world champion, Hayden’s title in 2006 with Honda was the pinnacle of a meteoric rise that had seen the Kentucky native take dirt titles and then an AMA Superbike championship on his way to the MotoGP scene.

7. Randy Mamola

Mamola is widely regarded as one of the most talented riders never to have won a title. He finished runner-up an agonising four times in the 500cc championship, riding for Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha.

 

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MotoGP, 2015, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS

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