Toseland is UK’s richest bike racer

Published: 05 May 2010

Double World Superbike champion James Toseland is worth £10m according to the Sunday Times rich list, and was the only motorcyclist in the newspaper’s Top 100 UK Sports people rich list.

He was ranked the 16th richest UK sports person under 30 years old.

The 29-year-old is worth the same as premier league footballers Craig Bellamy, Dimitar Berbatov and Cesc Fabregas. Whoever they are.

Formula One World Champion Jenson Button, worth £43million, was ranked number one and Michael Owen was second.

Toseland’s wealth accelerated in 2004 when he first won the WSBK title, and again when he won in 2007.

The Sunday Times says, unsurprisingly, that the following two years in MotoGP earned him the most from sponsors.

Here’s the top 20 richest UK sports people under 30, as calculated by the Sunday Times.

Position Sports person Sport Wealth (£million)
1 Jenson Button Motor racing 43
2 Michael Owen Football 40
3 Lewis Hamilton Motor racing 35
4 Wayne Rooney Football 33
5 John Terry Football 20
6 Andy Murray Tennis 15
7 Joe Cole Football 14
8= Petr Cech Football 13
8= Luol Deng Basketball 13
8= Michael Essien Football 13
11= Robbie Keane Football 12
11= Fernando Torres Football 12
11= Jonny Wilkinson Rugby Union 12
14= Ashley Cole Football 11
14= Carlos Tevez Football 11
16= Craig Bellamy Football 10
16= Dimitar Berbatov Football 10
16= Cesc Fabregas Football 10
16= Ben Gordon Basketball 10
16= James Toseland Motorcycling 10
16= Jonathan Woodgate Football 10