ⓘ Rider deaths in motorcycle racing. This article lists motorcycle riders who have died competing at motorcycle racing events. This article lists rider deaths in ..


ⓘ Rider deaths in motorcycle racing

This article lists motorcycle riders who have died competing at motorcycle racing events. This article lists rider deaths in all series, at any level.


1. Isle of Man TT, Manx Grand Prix and Southern 100

There have been over 270 recorded competitor deaths in the Isle of Man since 1910. Some Isle of Man deaths are included directly below, as the races carried World Championship status until a British Grand Prix was established on short-circuits from 1977.


2. MotoGP/World Grand Prix Motorcycling Championship

Listed are fatalities of riders in the World Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing Championship races since its foundation in 1949. In total, 103 riders have died from incidents that occurred at a Grand Prix motorcycle racing event, with Ben Drinkwater being the first in 1949. Three riders died in the 1940s; twenty-nine in the 1950s; twenty-seven in the 1960s; twenty-four in the 1970s; fourteen in the 1980s; two in the 1990s; one in the 2000s; and three in the 2010s. The most recent fatal accident occurred in June 2016 when Luis Salom was killed after a crash during Free Practice 2 at the Catalan Grand Prix, while the most recent fatal accident to occur in the 500cc/MotoGP class happened in October 2011, when Marco Simoncelli was killed after he was struck by Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Eight Grand Prix motorcycle racing champions have died while racing or practicing in Grand Prix motorcycle racing: Dario Ambrosini in 1951, Leslie Graham in 1953, Rupert Hollaus in 1954, Tom Phillis in 1962, Bill Ivy in 1969, Jarno Saarinen in 1973, Daijiro Kato in 2003, and Marco Simoncelli in 2011. While Hollaus is often credited as the only rider to win the championship posthumously, he had mathematically clinched the 1954 125cc world championship title as he had achieved the maximum number of points possible at the time of his death.

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