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

RiderYearly SalaryMotoGP TeamPer Race SalaryContract
Marc Marquez$12 millionRepsol Honda$631,0002024
Valentino Rossi$10 millionPetronas Yamaha Sepang$530,0002021
Maverick Viñales$8 millionMonster Yamaha$420,5002022
Joan Mir$6 millionSuzuki$316,0002022
Pol Espargaro$3.5 millionRepsol Honda$184,5002022
Franco Morbidelli$3 millionPetronas Yamaha Sepang$158,0002022
Álex Rins$2.5 millionSuzuki$132,5002022
Fabio Quartararao$2.5 millionMonster Yamaha$132,5002022
Johann Zarco$2 millionPramac Ducati$105,2002021
Jack Miller$1 millionDucati Team$52,5002022
Alex Marquez$1 millionLCR Honda$52,5002021
Takaaki Nakagami$750,000LCR Honda$40,5002021
Francesco Bgnania$750,000Ducati Team$40,5002022
Bradley Smith$680,000Aprilia Gresini$36,0002021
Aleix Espargaro$500,000Aprilia Gresini$26,5002022
Stefan Bradl$500,000Honda HRC$26,5002021
Brad Binder$500,000Red Bull KTM$26,5002024
Danilo Petrucci$475,000Tech3 KTM$25,0002021
Miguel Oliviera$400,000Red Bull KTM$21,0002021
Jorge Martin$350,000Pramac Ducati$18,5002022
Enea Bastianini$350,000Avintia Racing$18,5002021
Luca Marini$350,000Avintia Racing$18,5002021
Iker Lecuona$200,000Tech3 KTMN/A2021

Top 10 Highest-paid MotoGP Riders 2021

10. Jack Miller (Ducati Team) – $1 million

Jack Miller

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

Fabio Quartararao

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

Joan Mir is one of the highest paid MotoGP with Suzuki's $6 million contract

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

Maverick Viñales is one of the highest paid MotoGP riders right now

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

Rossi is one of the highest paid MotoGP riders

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

Marc Marquez is the highest paid MotoGP rider

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.

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