Originally Posted by Chris Nicastro
I consider any rider who repeats a WC title to be a true champ otherwise, to me, he is just the best guy for the year.
As you should know, it's more complicated than that. It's the rider and a whole lot of engineers and people with money that make a World Champion, in all top flights of motorsport. You couldn't say Sir Stirling Moss wasn't a 'true champ' even if he never won one. He did compete with and beat the best of his era for a long time. It wasn't his fault that he had unreliable cars.
My take is if they can manage to be the man to beat on more than just 'his day', over several years, then they are a champion no matter what the records show. It's then down to the opinions of knowledgeable observers over the course of time to highlight true greats. I'll take Murray Walker
's opinion over mosts anytime (he's a long time bike fan/commentator).
I'll agree whole heartedly with one thing you said though. Sod off winter and bring on the GPs!