The top motogp motorcycle of recent years is undeniably the Honda RC213V-SR, a bike that has come down from the heavens to deliver a huge amount of power. And yet, when you take a look at the bikes that have been dominating the sport over the last couple of decades you see a number of bikes that can easily beat the Honda.
So, what is the best MotoGP motorcycle of the past decade? Well, it is not an easy task to compile, but we have done it, including other machines that set the benchmark during the first year of the grid when the MotoGP first started running. So, we have chosen the bikes that made the biggest impact, with the bikes that were used in the most races during the season, and have included them in the top ten bikes of this decade.
First, we have the Honda RC213V-SR, which was the best in the first year of the grid, even though the competition was far weaker in 2020. Yamaha was the second best, while the Ducati was third. The new Honda had a bit more power and so did the BMW, and it was the Yamaha who ended up winning the championship. The Honda, however, was one of the slower bikes. Other bikes did really well in their first year in the championship, but none was able to claim the title, so it comes down to which of the bikes was able to dominate on a consistent basis during the season.
Third on the list is the Honda CBR, a bike that was the best for some time but not very competitive in terms of pace. Yamaha also won this year's title, although they were the only team to run an engine that could match the power of the Honda. Another bike that was close to the top was the Suzuki, but their reliability was always an issue. Other teams also raced hard but were never able to challenge the Honda for the crown. The fourth fastest bike was the Yamaha YZF-R6 of the Honda rider Valentino Rossi, who dominated the rest of the class.
Fifth on our list is the RC213V of Ronnie Simon, another one of the top riders who dominated the class in the first two years. The sixth fastest was the Yamaha YZF-R6 of Marc Marquez, with the new Honda making it three bikes in the top ten. Marc Marquez also had a good year, but his teammate Valentino Rossi did as well. The seventh best was the Suzuki, which had an impressive debut season and finished third on our list. The eight bikes were the Yamaha, the Honda again, the Ducati, and the Honda again, and the Suzuki again.
Last on the list is the Kawasaki, which was the ninth best bike overall. The tenth bike is the BMW of Cal Crutchlow, who finished in eighth, which was a good result. The eleventh bike is the Honda. The Honda again and the Honda finished seventh and eighth, respectively. All the bikes we chose were great bikes throughout the year, but none stood out from the crowd as the best, and the bike that beat the Honda was the one that ended the championship.