The origins of the 2022 MotoGP racer number, complete!

The 2022 MotoGP will feature 24 riders. Each racer uses a certain number as an identity affixed to their motorbikes and clothes.

Interestingly, each number has its own meaning. There are racers who choose numbers according to their idol number, date of birth, or year of birth.

1. Francesco Bagnaia (63) and Jack Miller (43) from the Lenovo Ducati team

The origins of the 2022 MotoGP racer number, complete!Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller (motogp.com)

Francesco Bagnaia has a unique story for the origins of his number. When in Moto3, Bagnaia used the number 21. When he moved up to the Moto2 class, this number was already used by Franco Morbidelli. Bagnaia then multiplied this number to 42.

When moving up to the MotoGP class, numbers 21 and 42 have been used by Morbidelli and Alex Rins. Bagnaia then tripled the number 21 to 63. This number is the one he has used until now.

Jack Miller also has an interesting story in the selection of numbers. Miller initially used the number 543 when competing at motocross. However, because three-digit numbers were not allowed in the motorcycle world championship, he then chose 43. With this number he became the champion in the German IDM championship.

When competing in the Grand Prix championship, the number 43 already has. He then switched to number 8. When he moved up to the premier class, the number 8 was already used by Hector Barbera, so he switched again to number 43. This number is the one he uses now.

2. Johann Zarco (5) and Jorge Martin (89) from Pramac Racing

The origins of the 2022 MotoGP racer number, complete!Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco from the Pramac Racing team. (motogp.com)

Johann Zarco chose number 5 in honor of his former manager, Laurent Fellon. Fellon actively used this number in the 1980s. Zarco himself started his career with number 14, then switched to number 5 when this number became available.

His teammate, Jorge Martin, currently chooses the number 89. Martin initially used the number 88. He successfully became the Moto3 world champion in 2018 using the number 88.

When Martin moves up to the MotoGP class in 2021, unfortunately this number has already been used by Miguel Oliveira. Martin did not think long and immediately added the number 88 with the number 1. So he used the number 89.

3. Enea Bastianini (23) and Fabio Di Giannantonio (49) from the Gresini Racing team

The origins of the 2022 MotoGP racer number, complete!Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio (motogp.com)

Enea Bastianini used the number 33 when he became the Moto2 world champion in 2020. The choice of this number refers to Bastianini’s age when he first rode a motorcycle, which was 3 years 3 months.

When he moved up to MotoGP, this number was already used by Brad Binder. Bastianini then used the number 23.

His teammate, Fabio Di Giannantonio alias Diggia, currently wears the number 49. In fact, Diggia’s favorite numbers are 21 and 4. He used these two numbers when he started his racing career.

When he debuted in the premier class, the numbers 21 and 4 were already used by Franco Morbidelli and Andrea Dovizioso. Diggia then chose the number 49 because this number had never been used before.

4. Luca Marini (10) and Marco Bezzecchi (72) from Mooney VR46 Racing Team

The origins of the 2022 MotoGP racer number, complete!Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini motorcycles (motogp.com)

Luca Marini uses the number 10. Valentino Rossi’s half-brother initially chose the number 97, the same as the year he was born in 1997. When he moved up to Moto2 class, this number was already used by Xavi Vierge. Therefore, Marini chose number 10 based on her birthday, August 10.

Marco Bezzecchi alias Bez is currently number 72. When he started his career, the number used by Bez was 12. However, he changed it because the number was already used by Thomas Luthi in Moto2. Bez then chose the number 72 because this number looks similar to 12.

5. Fabio Quartararo (20) and Franco Morbidelli (21) from Monster Energy Yamaha

The origins of the 2022 MotoGP racer number, complete!Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli (motogp.com)

Fabio Quartararo chose the number 20 according to his birthday on April 20. He still chose this number even though he was already a MotoGP world champion.

For Franco Morbidelli, he started his career with number 12 because number 1 and 2 are his favorite numbers. When he debuted in the Moto2 class in 2013, Tom Luthi used the number 12. Morbidelli then reversed the order of his favorite number to 21 and uses this number until now.

6. Andrea Dovizioso (04) and Darryn Binder (40) from the WithU Yamaha RNF . team

The origins of the 2022 MotoGP racer number, complete!Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder (motogp.com)

Andrea Dovizioso alias Dovi started with the number 34. With this number he became the 2004 125cc world champion.

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When the number 34 could no longer be used in honor of Kevin Schwantz, Dovi was forced to look for another number. He chose the number 4. In 2013, when he switched to Ducati, Dovi added the number 0 to the prefix of his number and until now uses the number 04.

Darryn Binder, Dovi’s teammate, has used the number 40 since the beginning of his career. He continued to use this number when he debuted in the MotoGP class.

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7. Brad Binder (33) and Miguel Oliveira (88) from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

The origins of the 2022 MotoGP racer number, complete!Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (motogp.com)

Brad Binder initially started with number 41. However, when he moved up to the premier class, he used number 33 because number 41 was already used by Aleix Espargaro. The number 33 is also like his initials.

Miguel Oliveira’s favorite number is 41. This number he has used since childhood. He then changed his number to 44. Unfortunately, this number was already used by Pol Espargaro when he moved up to the MotoGP class. Oliveira then multiplied the number 44 to 88 and uses it to this day.

8. Remy Gardner (87) and Raul Fernandez (25) from Tech3 KTM Factory Racing

The origins of the 2022 MotoGP racer number, complete!Tech3 KTM Factory Racing (motogp.com)

Remy Gardner has used the number 87 since 2016. This number is taken from 1987, the year his father, Wayne Gardner, became the 500cc world champion.

His teammate, Raul Fernandez, has worn the number 25 since 2018. He also made his premier class debut with the number 25.

9. Aleix Espargaro (41) and Maverick Vinales (12) from Aprilia Factory Racing

The origins of the 2022 MotoGP racer number, complete!motorcycles Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales (motogp.com)

Number 41 is Aleix Espargaro’s favorite because it is the number of his idol racer, Youichi Ui. When in class intermediate, Aleix once used the numbers 42 and 40, but not for long. When he first started competing in the premier class, he had time to use the number 44 before switching back to number 41.

Maverick Vinales currently wears the number 12, although initially using the number 25. He once switched to number 40 for sponsorship reasons. He then returned to number 25 while racing for Suzuki. Currently, Vinales uses the number 12. He once beat Marc Marquez with this number as a child.

10. Joan Mir (36) and Alex Rins (42) from Team Suzuki Ecstar

The origins of the 2022 MotoGP racer number, complete!Joan Mir and Alex Rins (motogp.com)

Joan Mir has used the number 36 since the beginning of his career. This number is the same as his cousin, Joan Perello, who once competed in the 125cc class. Mir later learned that 36 was also the favorite number of his current crew chief at Suzuki, Francesco Carchedi.

Alex Rins, his teammate, started with number 14, then moved on to number 24. Rins changed his number to 42 until now. The numbering style of 42 is similar to his initials, AR. However, he had used the number 40 when competing in Moto2 for sponsorship reasons.

11. Marc Marquez (93) and Pol Espargaro (44) from Repsol Honda

The origins of the 2022 MotoGP racer number, complete!Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro (motogp.com)

Eight-time world champion Marc Marquez has worn the number 93 since the start of his career. This number is taken from the year of birth, 1993.

Meanwhile, Pol Espargaro started his career with number 4. This number is the same as his idol, Alex Baros. Unfortunately, when he entered the Grand Prix event, this number was already in use. He decided to add 4 twice and has been using 44 ever since.

12. Alex Marquez (73) and Takaaki Nakagami (30) from LCR Honda

The origins of the 2022 MotoGP racer number, complete!Alex Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami (motogp.com)

Alex Marquez likes the number 23. However, he started his career in the Grand Prix with the number 12 because the number 23 has been used by Niccolo Antonelli.

When moving up to the Moto2 class, the numbers 23 and 12 were also already used by Marcel Schrotter and Thomas Luthi. Alex then subtracted his year of birth (96) by the number 23 and uses the number 73 until now.

Takaaki Nakagami initially wore the number 73 in 2007 when competing in the 125cc class. He then switched to number 30 because this number made him perform well when competing in the Rookies Cup.

All numbers certainly have their own stories that are meaningful to every racer. Which number is your favourite?

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