The 2014 MotoGp World Title was won by Marc Marquez riding a Repsol Honda RC213V. He clinched the title at the Japanese Grand Prix, even though he finished second to Jorge Lorenzo on a Factory Yamaha YZR-M1.
The history of MotoGP has its origins in the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix, first organised in 1949. The current MotoGP season consists of 18 circuits in 13 different countries in which purpose-built racing machines from Aprilia, Ducati, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha will vie for the Constructor’s top spot. Current World Champion Marc Marquez will face stiff competition from Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and the two Ducati riders, apart from his team-mate Dani Pedrosa.
MotoGP and its predecessor, the 500cc Class, have seen may famous champions, from the years when Giacomo Agostini was unstoppable in his 15 titles, to Mick Doohan who won 12 out of 15 500cc races in 1997 and Valentino Rossi the most successful contemporary rider, with seven (500cc + MotoGP) titles. Notable early riders include John Surtees, Mike Hailwood and Phil Read, all of who, like Agostini, rode MV Agustas. Barry Sheene (Suzuki), Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey (all Yamaha) were dominant in the 1980-90s. Australian Michael Doohan (Honda) won 5 titles in the late 1990s before the era of Valentino’s domination began.
Great rivalries have contributed to making the sport colourful, the more famous ones being Rossi-Biaggi, Rossi-Stoner and Rainey-Schwantz, and lately Marquez vs Lorenzo.
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