The Age of Young MotoGP Riders

Rory Harris

By Rory Harris

January 2, 2015

In recent years, there has been a surplus of young riders overshadowing some of the MotoGP™ greats. 

The New Age 

The average age for a MotoGP™ rider is now 27, which is a jump down from the previous year. In 2013, the average age of a rider was 28.

936579_571083176258256_515607904_n-1This statistic would lead us to believe the age of MotoGP™ riders is dropping. With the recent success of the youngest World Champion in MotoGP™ history, Marc Marquez, youth has become a spotlight for the sport.

Veteran MotoGP™ riders like Valentino Rossi have been vocal about the young star’s success and the room he still has to grow, considering he is only 21- years- old.

Valentino even joked Marquez was like a replica of him but an upgraded version. Marquez became the youngest World Champion in history, winning the MotoGP™ World Championship when he was only 20 -years- old in 2013, making him a two-time World Champion. 

Moto-Experiences-2014-MotoGP-Championship-Teams-and-Riders-Repsol-Honda-Team-Marc-MarquezMarquez has already beat Rossi’s early career wins. Rossi did not win his first title until he was 21-years-old. These facts beg the question, are the MotoGP™ champions getting younger and younger? It is not an crazy assumption to be made right now. 

Take for example Marquez’ 18 year old brother Aleix,who is also on the rise. The younger Marquez was the 2012 Spanish Moto3 Championship winner and again won the 2014 Moto3 World Championship, making him and Marc the first set of brothers to win world motorcycle racing titles.

Marquez currently holds four World Championships under his belt with his last season being his record-breaking one. Aleix will move up to Moto2 this upcoming 2015 MotoGP™ season with Marc VDS.

Start 'Em Young 

Moto-Experiences-MotoGP-VIP-Village-2014-Interview-2Rossi must also have the premonition of the average riders’ ages becoming younger, because he has recently set up a program to assist up and coming, rookies.

Rossi opened a VR46 Racing Academy in 2013, in hopes of giving a platform for riders to begin training to become future Marquez’. The idea of the academy is for the best riders from the academy to become a part of the CEV Repsol within a team directed by Martinez ‘Aspsar’.

In a recent interview, American MotoGP™ rider Nicky Hayden commented on how the riders are getting younger and younger.

To have a shot at getting into the sport, he mentions, you really have to start ‘them’ or riders, out young. Marquez received his first bike when he was four years old and has not stopped riding since.

The wonderkind made his racing debut in 2002 at only nine years old and took the racing world by storm.

Moto-Experiences-MotoGP-VIP-Village-2014-Moto3Travel the world with MotoGP! 

You can see the young riders, and Marquez himself, live at one of the 18 different MotoGP™ races which will span the globe starting March 29, in Qatar.

The 2015 MotoGP™ season will hit circuits outside several big cities, as well as some beautiful countrysides and more remote locations.

MotoGP™ VIP Village 

With Moto Experiences’ Official Ticket Packages, you will have full access to MotoGP VIP Village™ at any of the MotoGP™ races. With MotoGP VIP Village™, you will receive VIP hospitality in an in-circuit venue, complete with complimentary gourmet food, a fully stocked premium open bar.

Westin-Indianapolis-Exterior-1As a member of MotoGP VIP Village™, you will receive an exclusive, inside look at the world of MotoGP™ racing with pit lane tours and walk throughs of the starting grid.

You will get the chance to attend Rider Q & A’s and receive photo-ops during meet-and-greets, all while enjoying live entertainment!

Guests even have the option of an all-inclusive trip, featuring already made hotel accommodations and reliable transportation to and from the circuit. You will not want to miss watching the young, MotoGP™ riders rise to the top!

Find Out When Packages Are Released! 

MotoGP™ Official Ticket Packages have yet to be released, but you can be the first to find out when they are by placing your name on the 2015 MotoGP™ Wait List! 


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