Top 7 Most Successful Motorcycle Racers in Hungary of All Time

James Hillier

The Hungarian motorcycling scene is renowned for its passionate and talented racers. Hungary has produced some of the world’s most successful and renowned professional racers, from world champions to MotoGP stars.

Hungary boasts a rich motorcycling history with its riders competing at the highest levels of professional racing for decades.

From the late 1980s onwards, Hungarian motorcycle racers have been dominating the international racing scene, with world titles, multiple Grand Prix wins and countless podium finishes.

Here, we look at some of the best motorcycle racers in Hungary, who have achieved success and acclaim both domestically and internationally.

1. Gábor Talmácsi


Gábor Talmácsi is a Hungarian former professional motorcycle racer with a remarkable history. He achieved a great milestone in 2007, becoming the 125cc World Champion, and was the first and only Hungarian to win a road racing World Championship.

This is a remarkable feat, given the high level of competition in motorcycle racing and the difficulty of becoming a World Champion. Gábor Talmácsi comes from a racing family, with his younger brother Gergő also a professional motorcycle racer.

It is likely that the two brothers have helped and supported each other in their racing careers, and it is highly likely that Gábor’s success has been a great source of inspiration for Gergő.

Gábor’s success has also been an inspiration for many other Hungarian motorcycle racers, and it is a testament to the hard work and dedication that he has put into his craft.

2. János Drapál

János Drapál was a Grand Prix motorcycle road racer from Budapest, Hungary. He was born during the time of the Cold War, a period of international tension between the United States and the Soviet Union.

During this time, the restrictions on international travel and competition meant that Drapál had very limited opportunities to participate in the Grand Prix world championships.

Despite these restrictions, Drapál still managed to make an impact in the racing world; he achieved four Grand Prix victories during his career. Drapál’s first Grand Prix win was at the 1970 East German Grand Prix.

He followed this up with a second win in 1971 at the Spanish Grand Prix. His next two Grand Prix victories came in 1975 at the Czechoslovakian Grand Prix and the Yugoslavian Grand Prix.

These wins were a testament to Drapál’s skill and determination, even in the face of the difficulties of the Cold War. Despite his impressive wins, Drapál was never able to compete on the world stage in the Grand Prix world championships due to the restrictions of the Cold War.

He retired from racing in 1976 but left a legacy of four Grand Prix victories in the face of adversity. János Drapál is remembered as a talented racer who had the courage to pursue his dreams despite the difficulties of the time.

3. Alen Győrfi

Alen Győrfi is a talented Grand Prix motorcycle racer from Hungary. He is currently competing at the top level in the motorcycling world and is set to compete in the 2018 Alpe-Adria Superstock 600 Championship.

Győrfi has an impressive track record in the sport, having come close to winning the Alpe-Adria Superstock 600 Championship in 2017. This year, Győrfi will be racing on a Yamaha YZF-R6, a reliable and powerful bike that will give him an advantage.

With the help of his team and the Yamaha YZF-R6, Győrfi is sure to be a formidable opponent in the 2018 Alpe-Adria Superstock 600 Championship. He is one of the most promising riders from Hungary and is sure to put on a great show in the upcoming championship.

4. Balázs Németh


Balázs Németh is a professional motorcycle racer from Hungary. He is currently competing in the Alpe Adria Road Racing Supersport Championship, a racing series that takes place all over Europe.

He is riding a Triumph Daytona 675, a high-performance motorcycle that is known for its power and speed. Németh has been racing motorcycles since a young age and has gained a lot of experience in the sport.

He is considered one of the best motorcycle racers in Hungary and is well-respected in the racing community. Németh has achieved great success in the Alpe Adria Road Racing Supersport Championship, finishing in the top five in several races.

He hopes to continue his success in the upcoming races and is confident that he will be able to reach the top of the podium.

5. Adrián Gyutai


Adrián Gyutai is an incredibly accomplished motorcycle racer from Hungary. He has achieved the title of four-time Hungarian champion and continues to compete in the Hungarian Superbike and Alpe-Adria International Championship in the Superbike category.

To reach such heights of excellence, Gyutai rides a Ducati Panigale V4R that is provided by the MW Performance Racing Team.

Led by János Mohai, Gyutai and the MW Performance Racing Team have a long history of success that has allowed them to be one of the most formidable teams in the sport.

Gyutai’s success on the track has been so impressive that he is considered one of the best racers from Hungary and is one of the top contenders in the championship series.

With the help of the MW Performance Racing Team, Gyutai hopes to continue his success and reach even greater heights.

6. Imre Tóth


Imre “Imi” Tóth is an accomplished motorcycle racer who has competed in Grand Prix motorcycle racing for 8 years. He has raced in the 125cc and 250cc World Championships as a privateer, meaning he was not backed by any specific team.

His last race was in the Superbike World Championship, riding a Yamaha YZF-R1. Before that, Tóth had been racing in the Supersport World Championship.

Throughout his career, Tóth has proven himself to be a competitive, dedicated and successful racer, and has gained much respect from his peers.

7. László Szabó

László Szabó was a highly accomplished Grand Prix motorcycle road racer from Hungary. He began his racing career in 1965, and steadily rose in the ranks of competitive motorcycling, becoming one of the most well-known and respected racers in the sport.

Szabó had his best year in 1970 when he finished the year in fifth place in the 125cc world championship. This was a remarkable achievement, as only the best riders from around the world compete in this division.

Szabó’s skill and technique was highly admired, and his consistent results in the 125cc division earned him respect from competitors and fans alike.

His dedication to the sport and unwavering commitment to excellence was an inspiration for many and is still remembered today by those who had the pleasure of watching him race.

Szabó’s legacy lives on in the sport of motorcycling, and his accomplishments will always be remembered. His passion and dedication to the sport of motorcycle racing will continue to inspire and motivate future generations of racers.


Hungary has many great motorcycle racers that have excelled in the sport and have made a name for themselves in the racing world.

From the legendary László Mihályi to the more recent success of Tamás Prágai, Hungary has a long and proud history of champions in the world of motorcycle racing.

With the continued support of fans and sponsors, more great racers are sure to emerge from Hungary in the coming years.

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James Hillier

I'm a motorcycle racer at Rich Energy OMG Racing. I've always been interested in racing ever since I was a child. My love for racing started with my father who was also a motorcycle racer. He would take me to the track with him and that's when I knew that this is what I wanted to do. I'm not only interested in racing but also in motorcycles themselves. I have always dreamed of owning my own bike someday, so when Rich Energy OMG Racing gave me the opportunity to test their bike last year, it was an honor for me. LinkedIn