Gallery: the best rookies of 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 tops the list with the most points, victories, podiums and poles, broke all records in his debut in the heavy motorcycle category. Who was closest to achieving something similar to # 93 It was Jorge Lorenzo in 2008, who despite winning a race did not go beyond fourth place in the overall championship, while Nicky Hayden (2003), Dani Pedrosa (2006) and Fabio Quartararo (2019) also slipped into the top 5 final.

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. Who did not win the rookie, but they were proclaimed champions in the queen category were Casey Stoner (2007 and 2011) and Joan Mir (2020).

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

Finally, in this period Yamaha dominates with eight rookies by seven to Sling. Ducati, three times, Suzuki Y KTM with one each they complete the list.

Best rookies in the MotoGP era

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