According to an estimate, leasing a top-level motorcycle for a rider in the MotoGP costs 3 to 3.5 million dollars for a racing season. Such motorcycles can reach speeds of up to 200mph. So, MotoGP is an extreme sport, and therefore, only few riders are selected on the basis of their current winning forms in the World Championships. Over recent years, the Championships were won mainly by Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner (retired) and Dani Pedrosa. They were all awarded with well-paid salaries for the services they rendered in MotoGP. Last year, a shining star in the name of Marc Marquez stunned the world with his winning performances in the Championship. On balance, every team is paying in the millions to their best riders in MotoGP.However, MotoGP riders are getting paid peanuts when compared to Formula 1 drivers, NASCAR drivers or athletes from other major sports. Of course the number one rider on our list, a sporting icon, is making a handsome sum of money comparable to the athletes from other major sports, but what about the rest of the pack? Here Is a List Of Top 10 Highest Paid MotoGP Riders in 2014.
Top 10 Highest Paid MotoGP Riders :
10. Colin Edwards – Forward Racing Team – $950,000 per year
Colin Edwards is a 39-year-old American professional motorcycle racer. He is a two-time World Superbike champion and a record holder for the most points in a single season with 552 in the championship. After winning his 2nd Superbike World Championship, Edwards moved up to the MotoGP class in 2003. Nicknamed the ‘Texas Tornado’, he currently rides bike number 5 for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team. Edwards finished 14th in the 2013 MotoGP World Championship standings with 41 points. He has a yearly salary of $950,000.
9. Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team – $1 million per year
Andrea Dovizioso won the 125cc World Championship in 2004. He moved up to the MotoGP class in September 2007, achieving a highly credible fourth place finish in his premier class debut. He become one of Honda’s most consistent riders throughout that season, finishing fourth and fifth several times, and achieving a 3rd place podium finish at the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang. In 2012, Dovizioso was signed by Ducati to partner Nicky Hayden from the 2013 season onwards. He finished 8th behind Stefan Bradl in the 2013 Championship with 140 points. Dovi is paid $1 million annually by Ducati.