MotoGP Riders Salary 2021: Top 10 Highest-paid MotoGP Riders
MotoGP is the pinnacle of racing on two wheels. The fastest bikes and the most talented riders in the world fill the grid. Have you ever wondered what the top MotoGP rider makes? The list reveals the top 10 highest paid MotoGP riders and every MotoGP riders salary with their contract deal.
MotoGP Riders Salary & Contracts 2021
|Rider||Yearly Salary||MotoGP Team||Per Race Salary||Contract|
|Marc Marquez||$12 million||Repsol Honda||$631,000||2024|
|Valentino Rossi||$10 million||Petronas Yamaha Sepang||$530,000||2021|
|Maverick Viñales||$8 million||Monster Yamaha||$420,500||2022|
|Joan Mir||$6 million||Suzuki||$316,000||2022|
|Pol Espargaro||$3.5 million||Repsol Honda||$184,500||2022|
|Franco Morbidelli||$3 million||Petronas Yamaha Sepang||$158,000||2022|
|Álex Rins||$2.5 million||Suzuki||$132,500||2022|
|Fabio Quartararao||$2.5 million||Monster Yamaha||$132,500||2022|
|Johann Zarco||$2 million||Pramac Ducati||$105,200||2021|
|Jack Miller||$1 million||Ducati Team||$52,500||2022|
|Alex Marquez||$1 million||LCR Honda||$52,500||2021|
|Takaaki Nakagami||$750,000||LCR Honda||$40,500||2021|
|Francesco Bgnania||$750,000||Ducati Team||$40,500||2022|
|Bradley Smith||$680,000||Aprilia Gresini||$36,000||2021|
|Aleix Espargaro||$500,000||Aprilia Gresini||$26,500||2022|
|Stefan Bradl||$500,000||Honda HRC||$26,500||2021|
|Brad Binder||$500,000||Red Bull KTM||$26,500||2024|
|Danilo Petrucci||$475,000||Tech3 KTM||$25,000||2021|
|Miguel Oliviera||$400,000||Red Bull KTM||$21,000||2021|
|Jorge Martin||$350,000||Pramac Ducati||$18,500||2022|
|Enea Bastianini||$350,000||Avintia Racing||$18,500||2021|
|Luca Marini||$350,000||Avintia Racing||$18,500||2021|
|Iker Lecuona||$200,000||Tech3 KTM||N/A||2021|
Top 10 Highest-paid MotoGP Riders 2021
10. Jack Miller (Ducati Team) – $1 million
The Australian riding for the factory Ducati team for the 2021 season takes home $1million. Riding in MotoGP since 2015, he has managed to win two races and take ten podiums.
He won his first race in Ducati colours in 2021 in Spain and followed it up with another victory at Lemans. He will look to continue his fine run to challenge for the title.
9. Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) – $2 million
The French rider who currently sits second in the world championship standings makes $2million. The 2015 and 2016 Moto2 champion has been riding in MotoGP since the 2017 campaign. His five years in the sport have seen him pick up 11 podiums, although the top step still seems to elude him as he is yet to win a MotoGP race.
Zarco will be hoping that the wait end sooner rather than later if he is to mount a title charge from the second spot in the standings.
8. Fabio Quartararao (Monster Yamaha) – $2.5 million
The 22-year old is one of the brightest young talents on the grid and rakes in a reported $2.5million a year. Making his Premier class debut in 2019, he has already notched up seven wins and nine podiums. He leads the current world championship from Johann Zarco and will look to clinch the title this season.
7. Álex Rins (Suzuki) – $2.5 million
Riding for the Suzuki team since his debut in 2017, Rins is on a $2.5million a year contract which he signed in 2020. The Spanish rider has 3 wins and 9 podiums to his name and will be looking to kickstart his 2021 season after a dismal start.
6. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) – $3 million
The Italian MotoGP rider is reported to earn salary of $3 million per year at the Petronas Yamaha Sepang team. The 26-year old who had strong 2020 campaign which was cut short due to the current pandemic has failed to kick on and have a strong start to the 2021 season.
5. Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda) – $3.5 million
The Spaniard signed a two year deal with HRC for 2021 and 2022, which is worth $3.5million a year. The 30-year old has not had a smooth start to life at his new team struggling for wins or podiums. Espargaro, who has six podiums in the premier class, will be hoping for better results to follow at HRC.
4. Joan Mir (Suzuki) – $6 million
The 23-year old will be taking home $6million a year riding for Suzuki. Another one of the new generations of riders on the grid, Mir has a huge future ahead.
He has racked up ( podiums and a win since his debut in 2019. Mir currently sits 4th in the championship and will be hoping to join the title fight this season.
3. Maverick Viñales (Monster Yamaha) – $8 million
First of the podium places goes to Maverick Viñales, who makes $8million a year on his current contract at Monster Yamaha. The 26-year old has been one of the most consistent riders on the grid since his debut in 2015. Viñales has nine wins and 19 podiums to his name and hopes for some good results to enter a title fight.
2. Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha) – $10 million
Widely regarded as one of the greatest MotoGP riders of all time Rossi has 7 premier class world titles to his name and is the second highest paid man on the grid this year.
He collects a cool $10 million a year at the Petronas Yamaha team. With innumerable wins and podiums the 42-year old is still going strong in his 21st season in the premier class.
1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) – $$12 million
The only challenger to Rossi’s legacy Marc Marquez is the highest paid MotoGP rider with an eye-watering salary of $12 million a year from the Repsol Honda contract.
The Spaniard, who has 6 MotoGP titles to his name, will look to bounce back after spending the 2020 season on the sidelines due to injury.