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Ten world champions on MotoGP grid

Ten world champions on MotoGP grid

Reigning MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden and his predecessor in that role as king of the motorcycling world Valentino Rossi will both be well aware of the strength in depth on the MotoGP grid as they start the 2007 season.

Reigning MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden and his predecessor in that role as king of the motorcycling world Valentino Rossi will both be well aware of the strength in depth on the MotoGP grid as they start the 2007 season.

The talented pair are of course amongst the favourites for this year's title, but they are amongst a group of ten riders who have won motorcycling world titles in one discipline or another.

Those world titles have all been won at elite level, either in Grand Prix (including the 250cc and 125 categories), Superbike or Supersport championships.

Indeed these ten riders have won a total of 21 world championship titles between them, with Rossi himself accounting for a third of those titles alone – five Grand Prix titles in the premier class and one each in the 250cc and 125 classes.

Meanwhile, of the 21 participants competing full-time in the 2007 MotoGP class, 18 have enjoyed race victories at world championship level in the various disciplines. Remarkably, between them these 18 riders have in total recorded 268 race victories at world championship level.

The only three riders who have not had victory in a world championship race thus far are John Hopkins, Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Hofmann – all of whom could be said to still have plenty of time ahead of them to put that right.

World title wins by rider:
Valentino Rossi - 7 (MotoGP/500cc 5, 250cc 1, 125cc 1)
Loris Capirossi - 3 (250cc 1, 125cc 2)
Dani Pedrosa - 3 (250cc 2, 125cc 1)
Colin Edwards - 2 (WSB 2)
Marco Melandri - 1 (250cc)
Chris Vermeulen - 1 (WSS)
Kenny Roberts - 1 (MotoGP/500cc)
Olivier Jacque - 1 (250cc)
Nicky Hayden - 1 (MotoGP)
Andrew Pitt - 1 (WSS)

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MotoGP, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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