Dorna's faithful racers, tackling the circuit mid-season. Media sourced from MotoGP.
Maybe you’re a track-happy hooner looking to get into the professional world of leathers and techy leans; Maybe you’re just a fan who spends their free time gauging stats of your favorite teams and racers, looking forward to the season of bisteringly-fast, neck-and-neck heroes astride (or getting back on) their screamers of choice.
Maybe you’re all of the above; either way, at some point you’ve probably joined the rest of the moto populace and wondered the following worldly query:
How much money can a motorcycle racer make?
Contrary to popular belief, money DOES make the world go ‘round, and we’ve just found an intriguing bit of proof showing off what some of MotoGP’s beloved bike-crazy athletes make per annum.
Spoiler for the archives: It REALLY matters who you work for.
According to the report from Motorcycle Sports, the racer to have made the most in 2022 was onne other than Marc Marquez (riding for Repsol Honda), who made a stunning €12.5 million; contrast this to, say, Aprilia’s Maverick Viñales (reported to have made €10 million last year), and we have a very interesting set of wallets to compare.
While Marc Marquez hasn’t won a MotoGP championship since 2019, it appears there are benefits to working for a more financially-acquitted brand; Aprilia, meanwhile, hasn’t got near as much to offer, making Maverick’s earnings hefty, though more modest.
And that’s not even the half of it.
Here is the 2022 list of known MotoGP riders’ salaries, from highest to lowest:
€250,000Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team/Ducati)
€250,000Raul Fernandez (Tech3 KTM)
€250,000Remy Gardner (Tech3 KTM)
With €250,000 being the apparent minimum to earn at a world-class racing level with Dorna (and €12.5 million currently logged as the ultimate budget, bolstered by MotoGP’s outstanding coverage), the sky’s the limit, really.
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