1st place, Italy: twenty titles
The birthplace of the biggest winners of all time in the premier class could hardly fail to dominate the country ranking. Umberto Masetti was the first to mark the World Championship with the Italian colors, in 1950 and 1952 with Gilera, with whom Libero Liberati also won in 1957. Giacomo Agostini then took on the mantle. He was champion from 1966 to 1972 with MV Agusta and one last time in 1975 with Yamaha. Marco Lucchinelli revived this tradition in the eighties, in 1981, echoed by Franco Uncini, again with Team Gallina’s Suzukis. After the year 2000, however, Valentino Rossi held sway. He was champion from 2001 to 2005 and again in 2008 and 2009, the first three times with Honda and the next four with Yamaha.
What country will make the ranking in the coming years? Japan, Portugal or maybe South Africa, which will have the Binder brothers in 2022? It’s an impossible call, since the riders who’ve raced at least one GP in the three classes are of 23 nationalities this year. They’ll definitely carry on entertaining us, and braking with Brembo.