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Brembo: the most successful dynasties of the world championship

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With Remy Gardner’s victory in the Moto2 world championship, another father-son couple is added to the golden roll of this special ranking. In this regard, Brembo has identified the Top 5 of the most successful father-son couples who have won at least one world title in one of the classes in the history of the World Championship.

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The ranking was drawn up taking the categories MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, 500, 350, 250, 125, 80 and 50 as the object of analysis.
Most of these pairs of riders obviously triumphed with bikes equipped with Brembo brakes. The main criterion used by Brembo is the number of World titles won by each family, preferring, however, the cases in which both have been world champions.
Therefore, if a driver has won 9 (or 13) World Championships but his father or son not even one, their family is in a lower position in the ranking than the paired one that saw both world champions. Whereas, on the other hand, only one was champion, the dynasties with the most World titles were favored and in the event of a tie, the dynasties with the most GPs won. In first place, therefore, are the Roberts with 4 world championships and 32 GPs won. Kenny Roberts was the first American to win a World Cup but also a stylistic innovator for the knee he put on the ground. Three world titles won in 500, in 1978, 1979 and 1980 with Yamaha. His son Kenny Roberts Jr imitated him in 2000 with the Suzuki, the first motorcycle in the premier class to adopt the innovative Brembo radial caliper. In that championship he won 4 times and with the exception of a retreat he never finished beyond 7th place. The father won 24 GPs in all (22 in 500 and 2 in 250), the heir 8 (all in 500). On the second step of the podium we find the Gardners with 2 World Championships and 24 GPs in total. Wayne Gardner was the first Australian to win the premier class, in 1987 with Honda at the end of a triumphal season: in addition to scoring more points than the competition, he obtained more wins (7), pole (10), fastest laps (8) and podiums (12, like Randy Mamola). While making his debut in the World Championship in 2014, Remy only blossomed in 2019. This year he took off, winning the Moto2 with 5 triumphs and 12 podiums. Eighteen victories for the father in 500, from 1986 to 1992, 6 for the son, all in Moto 2; On the third step of the podium are the Nieto with 13 World Championships and 91 GPs won. Despite the 13 World Cups won by Angel, the Spaniards Nieto do not occupy the top of the table because Pablo has never approached his father’s results. Specialist in small displacements, Angel has won 7 world titles in the 125, 5 in the 50 and one in the 80, the first in 1969 and the last in 1984. Although competing in 158 GPs, his son has never finished a championship in the Top 5: he was 6th in both 2002 and 2004, with the Aprilia equipped with a Brembo braking system.
Ninety GPs won by his father, only one (Portugal GP 2003) by his son. Fourth place for the Reds, with 9 World Championships and 118 GPs won; Despite having almost a dozen world titles on the bulletin board, the Reds are discounting the absence of the World Cup in Graziano’s palmares. He came close to it in 1979, the year of Valentino’s birth, with Morbidelli: after a slow start he won 3 GPs in a row but collected only 12 points in the last 4 races. He closed in 3rd place and despite running in 500s until 1982 he was no longer able to get on the top step of the podium. Valentino, on the other hand, was world champion in 4 different classes (125 and 250 with Aprilia, 500 with Honda, MotoGP with Honda and Yamaha) and won 115 GPs, always using Brembo brakes. ; In fifth place we find the Bradls with 1 World Championship and 12 GPs won. Unlike Formula 1, it is not easy to find some of the most successful German riders on motorcycles, especially in modern times. The Bradls are an exception even if Helmut was unable to fulfill his dream of winning the World Championship: in 1991 in 250 with Honda he came close, but he was only runner-up, beaten by Luca Cadalora for 17 points. Stefan, on the other hand, was the 2011 Moto2 world champion with Brembo brakes beating Marc Marquez thanks to 4 victories, 11 podiums and only two “zeros”, one title already assigned. Dad won 5 GPs, all in 1991 in 250, his son 2 in 125 and 5 in Moto2, from 2008 to 2011.

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