SportMotoGPGallery: the best rookies in the MotoGP era

Gallery: the best rookies in the MotoGP era

Of the 20 riders, half (10) managed to get on the podium at some time in their debut year in MotoGP, but only five won at least one grand prix – the last Jorge Martín in Austria this season – and only one was proclaimed champion of the world –Marc Márquez in 2013–.

The Catalan, who of course heads the list with the most points, victories, podiums and pole positions, broke all records in his debut in the heavy bike category. The one who came closest to achieving something similar to #93 was Jorge Lorenzo in 2008, who despite winning a race did not go beyond fourth place overall in the championship, while Nicky Hayden (2003), Dani Pedrosa (2006) and Fabio Quartararo (2019) also slipped into the final top 5.

Although 13 of the 20 riders arrived after having been world champions in other categories, only Hayden and Márquez were able to repeat in MotoGP. Those who did not win the rookie , but were proclaimed champions in the queen category were Casey Stoner (2007 and 2011) and Joan Mir (2020).

Only three of the 20 rookies left MotoGP without ever having been on the podium –Mika Kallio, Sylvain Guintoli and Tito Rabat–, while eight did not open their win locker.

Finally, in this period Yamaha dominates Honda with eight rookies to seven. Ducati , three times, Suzuki and KTM with one each complete the list.

Best rookies in the MotoGP era

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2002 –Daijiro Kato

2002 - Daijiro Kato

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Foto de: Richard Sloop

2003 – Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

2003 - Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

2 / 20

Photo de: Repsol Media

2004 – Ruben Xaus

2004 - Ruben Xaus

3/20

Foto de: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2005 – Tony Elias

2005 - Toni Elias

4 / 20

Photo by: Gauloises Fortuna Racing

2006 – Dani Pedrosa

2006 - Dani Pedrosa

5 / 20

Photo by: Repsol Media

2007 – Sylvain Guintoli

2007 - Sylvain Guintoli

6 / 20

Photo by: Yamaha Motor Racing

2008 – Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

2008 - Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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Photo de: Yamaha Motor Racing

2009 – Mika Kallio, Pramac Racing

2009 - Mika Kallio, Pramac Racing

8 / 20

Photo by: Pramac Racing

2010 – Ben Spies, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

2010 - Ben Spies, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

9 / 20

Photo de: Bridgestone Corporation

2011 – Cal Crutchlow, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

2011 - Cal Crutchlow, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

10 / 20

Photo by: Tech 3

2012 – Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP

2012 - Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP

11 / 20

Photo de: Hazrin Yeob Men Shah

2013 – Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

2013 - Marc Márquez, Repsol Honda Team

12 / 20

Photo by: Repsol Media

2014 – Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

2014 - Pol Espargaró, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

13 / 20

Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

2015 – Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki MotoGP

2015 - Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki MotoGP

14 / 20

Photo by: Suzuki MotoGP

2016 – Tito Rabat, Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS

2016 - Tito Rabat, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

15 / 20

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2017 – Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

2017 - Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

16/20

Foto de: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2018 – Franco Morbidelli, Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS

2018 - Franco Morbidelli, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

17 / 20

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2019 – Fabio Quartararo, Petronas Yamaha SRT

2019 - Fabio Quartararo, Petronas Yamaha SRT

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Photo de: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2020 – Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

2020 - Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

19/20

Foto de: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

2021 – Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

2021 - Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

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Foto de: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Pilot Year Points victories podiums Poles
Marc Márquez 2013 334 6 16 9
The days of Pedrosa in 2006 215 2 8 4
Fabio Quartararo 2019 192 7 6
Jorge Lorenzo 2008 190 1 6 4
Ben Spies 2010 176 2 1
johann zarco 2017 174 3 two
Pol Espargaro 2014 136
Stefan Bradl 2012 135
Nicky Hayden 2003 130   2  
Daijiro Kato 2002 117 2 1
George Martin 2021 111 1 3 4
Maverick Vinales 2015 97
Brad Binder 2020 87 1    
Rubén Xaus 2004 77 1
Toni Elijah 2005 74
Mika Kallio 2009 71
Cal Crutchlow 2011 70      
Franco Morbidelli 2018 50
Sylvain Guintoli 2007 50
Tito Rabat 2016 29

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