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Top 10 Fun Facts in Motorcycling World Championship History

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At Box Repsol we want to share with you the 10 top facts about the motorcycle world championship. Did you know them? Is there anything missing? Share it with us!

Top 10 Fun Facts in Motorcycling World Championship History

1. Covering every category that’s ever existed

The history of the world championships has seen races in all major categories, including 125cc/Moto3, 250cc/Moto2, 500cc/MotoGP, but there have also been less known categories such as 50cc, 80cc and 350cc. There were even 750ccraces from 1973 to 1979, but they didn’t score.

2. What is the highest number of participants in history?

A total of 97 riders took part in the 1969 Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man (500cc). Eight times 500cc. World champion Giacomo Agostini won this race.


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Foto-clinica1-11

3. The mobile clinic appears in 1977

Italian racer Franco Uncini had an accident in the 350cc category at the 1977 GP in Austria. The mobile clinic’s assistance saved his life during its very first GP race.


05JerezTest 23 a 25 de febrero de 2017. Motogp, mgp
05JerezTest 23 a 25 de febrero de 2017. Motogp, mgp

4. GO DANI!!! TTT

The three Ts on Dani’s fork stood for the nickname his team gave him: “Titanium“.


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lagunaseca

5. He came, he raced, he conquered

In 2013, Marc Márquez became the first rookie to win on the Laguna Seca track, during the last GP ever raced there. That makes Marc Márquez the winner of the only race he ran at Laguna Seca.

6. The beginnings of the world championship’s scoring system

When the Motorcycling World Championship was first created, points were only awarded to the first five places. The winner would get 10 points as opposed to the 25 they get now, plus an extra point they would earn for the fastest lap during the race.

puntos el ganador en vez de los 25 actuales. Además, si conseguías la vuelta rápida en carrera otorgaban un punto adicional.


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IMG_2787

7. Super siblings

Álex and Marc Márquez are the only two brothers to have ever won a GP on the same day in 65 years of Championships. What’s even more incredible is that they managed to do it twice in a row—in Catalonia and Holland. They won again in Le Mans in 2019. They were also the first brothers to win a world championship in the same year, both backed by Repsol.


11 GP República Checa 14, 15, 16 y 17 de agosto de 2014.
MotoGP, Mgp, mgp
11 GP República Checa 14, 15, 16 y 17 de agosto de 2014.
MotoGP, Mgp, mgp

8. Ever wondered what a rider’s suit is made of?

Motorcycle riders wear suits made of different kinds of animal leather, but the parts where friction hits hardest are made of kangaroo hide.

9. Decades ago, the World Championship calendar was much shorter

During the first years of the World Championship, there were less than 10 races on the calendar. In fact, in there first two editions there were only six.


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carpeta78_10_mick_doohan_hrcrepsol_1997

10. Did you know that the Repsol Honda Team ran several seasons with 4 riders?

From ’96 to ’99, Doohan, Crivillé, and Okada raced on the same team. The foursome was completed by Shinichi Ito in ’96, Takuma Aoki in ’97 and Sete Gibernau in ’98 and ’99.

If you’d like to find out more fun facts about the World Championships, keep an eye on Box Repsol.

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