MotoGP - About And Overview
- Invented: 1949
- Founded By: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
- Highest Governing Body: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
Now in its seventy-third season, MotoGP has become a global phenomenon involving motorcycle races, riders, and fans from all over the world. MotoGP races represent the highest level of competition in the world as the twenty-two riders battle every other Sunday to cross the finish line first.
After the 2002 reform, MotoGP only allows 1000cc bikes to take part in these races, creating a great divide with the lower leagues, where the bikes reach 765cc at best. Thus, only the best riders can compete in the MotoGP, experiencing the adrenaline of this sport and fighting for eternal glory every year.
A MotoGP World Championship usually consists of nineteen Grand Prix, which will become twenty-one next season, held across four different continents. The winner of each Grand Prix receives twenty-five points, while riders placed second to fifteenth receive decreasing amounts of points. The rider with the highest amount of points at the end of the year will clinch the championship, while there are also separate standings for teams and constructors, which receive their own different titles.
What is MotoGP?
Founded in 1949 by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, MotoGP has become the most popular championship in the motorcycle world. The league is open to riders of any age, with some making their debut as early as fifteen years old while others ride at well over forty years of age. Riders compete in a variable amount of Grand Prix, with a minimum of twenty laps in each, which means that every race lasts at least forty-five minutes, breaking new speed records every time in front of thousands of fans.
What is the largest MotoGP event in the world?
While every single Grand Prix has the same importance in the grand scheme of the World Championship standings, the Brno race in the Czech Republic represents the biggest event of the season. Here crowds break the two hundred forty thousand mark every year, creating an unmatched atmosphere in this sport. Races in Spain and Italy also see great numbers in attendance, as the two countries have great traditions in motorcycling. Attendance goes over one hundred thousand even at the GP of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, which represents the biggest MotoGP event in North America.
How fast are the motorcycles in MotoGP?
The 2002 reform of the MotoGP system by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme established that only motorcycles with an engine power of 1000cc are allowed to compete in the Grand Prix. Thus, only the fastest motorcycles are used by MotoGP riders. While some of them, in the right weather and circuit conditions, can even top 217 mph, the average speed usually ranges from 100 to 115 mph. The speed paired with the ability and flair of the riders makes this discipline a fan favorite, especially among adventurers and motor lovers.