Top 15 Highest-Paid MotoGP Riders (2015-2016)

31 May 2016

They have one of the coolest jobs in the world. They are paid with a buck load of money. Who are these 15 highest-paid MotoGP riders?

Fans of MotoGP and racing, you’ll be glad to find out the highest-paid MotoGP riders! For those who don’t know much about MotoGP, we will blow your mind with this interesting part of the sport!

Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (1949) represents the premier championship of motorcycle road racing. Currently, it is divided into 3 classes: MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.

MotoGP is the elite class of Grand Prix. It costs up to $3 million to $3.5 million to lease a one MotoGP bike for one racing season.

It is an extreme sport, so only the best riders are selected. However, those who are in the MotoGP are getting paid pretty well, from thousands to millions of dollars. Let’s get to business and see who the highest-paid MotoGP riders are!

15. Maverick Vinales ($300,000)

Top 15 Highest-Paid MotoGP Riders (2015-2016) | #15. Maverick Vinales ($300,000) | source: motorsport.com
Top 15 Highest-Paid MotoGP Riders (2015-2016) | #15. Maverick Vinales ($300,000) | source: motorsport.com

The 21-years-old Spaniard has just won the 2015 Best Rookie Award in MotoGP Championship. He might have not finished on podium last season, but he wrapped it up as the 12th best among all riders.

This season is only his second year in MotoGP but he already managed to finish on podium in France. His current team, Suzuki, is definitely impressed. The team pays him $300,000 per year.

Next year, he is definitely getting a salary raise because he will be joining the MotoGP legend, Valentino Rossi, in Yamaha.

Vinales advanced to Moto3 and Moto2 swiftly. He only spent one year in 125 cc and finished as the 3rd best. Same thing happened with his career in Moto2. He spent one year longer in Moto3 only to clinch the title on his second season.

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