There is no doubt that any motorcycle race is a dangerous endeavor. The very nature of motorcycles makes them hazardous than any other racing event. But then, there is another level altogether of motorcycle racing. In this level, the races are so fast and dangerous and only the experienced racers can dare to participate. To participate in motorcycle racing is a true accomplishment but to win is a different story.
When it comes to these races, the most common names that will come in your mind are Valentino Rossi and Kenny Roberts. However, it is hard to decide who was the most talented between the duos. They participated in different races and also rode different bikes. Therefore nobody can claim who was the greatest. However, let’s see what made them famous as we discover other big names in the history of motorcycle racing.
1. Mike Hailwood
He is considered one of the finest people ever to participate in motorcycle racing. Besides competing in Grand Prix Level in motorcycle, he was involved in car racing and performed exemplary. For many years, this British racer has managed to remain in the history of bike racing. This is where he established his all-time personal record. “Mike the Bike” died in a car accident. He was merely 40 years when a reckless truck driver killed him together with his daughter.
2. Valentino Rossi
He is another successful racer who was lucky to win Grand Prix World Championships. Since 2000, he has been on an ascending trend. Rossi was the winner of the infamous Suzuka race. Of 9 races, he won 8 of them. In 2012, he moved to Ducati but later on returned to Honda to stay loyal to the Japanese for the first time in history.
3. Joey Dunlop
William Joseph was voted the second greatest motorcycling icon ever to exist by Motorcycle News. Dunlop’s bike helped him win 26 TT races at the Isle of Man. As for now, this record is yet to be broken. In Grand Prix held in Northern Ireland, he won the race with an average speed lap of 100mph. This speed was quite impressive considering that the bike was not advanced compared to models being used today.
4. Mick Doohan
The former motorcycle racer was very active from 1989 and 1999. He is remembered for having won 500 cc World Championships five times continuously. Mick has ridden Hondas of the 500cc class throughout his career as a professional motorcycle racer. He was more successful in 1990 before he had a terrible accident during practice. He retired in 1999 after an accident that broke his leg.
5. Kenny Roberts
You might have heard about this great American racer. He was the first to win a Grand Prix motorcycle racing world championships. He was not only active in racing but also a racing team owner. And this is what enabled him to advocate for increased motorcycle racing standards. Moreover, he is celebrated for imposing a new era of professionalism in the sport.