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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-06-2008, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question MotoGP >> The strongest MotoGP line-up ever?

The strongest MotoGP line-up ever?

Thursday, 6th March 2008

The 2008 MotoGP rider line-up is arguably the strongest ever, with eleven of the 18 riders present having already won an FIM world championship.

In total, the 2008 MotoGP grid contains 24 world titles - led by Valentino Rossi's seven world championships - with even the four class rookies holding five world championships between them, thanks to Jorge Lorenzo (double 250cc world champion), Andrea Dovizioso (125cc world champion) and James Toseland (double World Superbike champion). Alex de Angelis is the only rookie without a world title.

Of the 18 full times riders, 16 have won races at world championship level in Grand Prix, World Superbike or World Supersport. Between them, these 16 riders have already scored an amazing 303 race victories at world championship level.

The only MotoGP riders yet to taste victory in a world championship race are John Hopkins and Sylvain Guintoli.

The following is a list of the world championship titles held by each rider on the 2008 MotoGP grid.

1. Valentino Rossi seven world titles (5 x MotoGP, 1 x 250, 1 x 125)
2. Dani Pedrosa three world titles (2 x 250, 1 x 125)
3. Loris Capirossi three world titles (1 x 250, 2 x 125)
4. Colin Edwards two world titles (2 x WSBK)
5. James Toseland two world titles (2 x WSBK) *
6. Jorge Lorenzo two world titles (2 x 250) *
7. Casey Stoner one world title (MotoGP)
8. Nicky Hayden one world title (MotoGP)
9. Marco Melandri one world title (250)
10. Chris Vermeulen one world title (WSS)
11. Andrea Dovizioso one world title (125) *

* rookie

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I'd say yes, but half those guys have been on the circuit for three years now, with nothing to show for it. You could scratch virtually half that list.

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It's going to be an awesome year, so many good riders! Quality all the way round. Sorta, lol.
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