#GP500: MotoGP celebrates 500 GPs racing together

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MADRID: The motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship is the oldest in the world, having begun in 1949. 

In 1992, the collaboration between the FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna Sports began, ushering in a new era of collaboration and cooperation between all parties – the results of which can be seen every Sunday.

30 years later, as MotoGP arrives at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, there is an incredible milestone to celebrate: 500 Grands Prix of #RacingTogether.

With the FIM, IRTA, the MSMA and Dorna working together, progress has been wide-ranging and comprehensive. The Grand Prix Commission, comprising representatives from the FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna, has been a driving force behind creating the sport we enjoy today. Thanks to the evolution in the technical regulations agreed by all parties, the competition has never been better, with the sport showcasing the most level playing field possible across MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.

As the exclusive commercial and TV rights holder for the leading motorcycle racing championships in the world, including MotoGP, Dorna Sports’ agreements with event promoters also continue to push the sport forward thanks to partners around the world. With MotoGP visiting an incredible range of racetracks, fans are able to look forward to a full weekend of action at every Grand Prix, both on track and off.

This season marks an additional milestone for MotoGP too, with 21 Grands Prix on the calendar seeing the Championship visit a record 17 countries in one season. The future is even brighter as new promoters and countries continue registering their interest in bringing the world's fastest motorcycle racing Championship to their shores, with the sport having proven itself an economic, sporting and cultural asset to every region in which we race. 

On track, one of the most vital advances of the racing together era has been in safety standards, with all parties working together to make the sport as safe as possible. In addition, the television and media coverage of MotoGP pushes boundaries year on year, with broadcasts now reaching nearly half a billion homes. The sport’s commercial reach has also grown exponentially, with MotoGP now enjoying a presence across every key global market as an ever-increasing portfolio of commercial partnerships prove testament to the sport’s appeal.

Racing together, every party has a voice in the paddock, working together to create the best possible spectacle and the best possible competition – for every stakeholder and every fan.

During the 500 Grands Prix of this era, there have been 30 complete seasons of competition across six solo motorcycle classes as the 500cc, 250cc and 125cc categories became MotoGP (2002), Moto2 (2010) and Moto3 (2012). The sport has visited 23 countries, racing at 45 different circuits, and 55 riders from 12 countries have won at least one World Championship. There have been 28 lightweight class Champions, 24 intermediate class Champions and 12 premier class Champions.

Recently retired MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi leads the way with nine Championships in the modern era; one 125cc crown, one 250cc title, the final 500cc Championship and then six MotoGP titles. The Italian is followed closely by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) with eight; one 125cc, one Moto2 and six MotoGP.

Mick Doohan’s stunning run of five premier class crowns in a row from 1994 to 1998 makes him the most decorated 500cc Champion of the era and one of the riders with third most titles, equal with Jorge Lorenzo on five. The Spanish soon-to-be MotoGP Legend has two 250cc crowns and three MotoGP World Championships.

Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi are the only two riders to have won premier class titles with two different factories during the era.