What is Track Racing?

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About Track Racing

  • Invented: 1914
  • Founded By: Harley Davidson Flat Track Team
  • Highest Governing Body: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM)

Track racing is a team or individual racing sport in which riders compete on specialized motorcycles. These fast-paced races generally happen on flat dirt tracks with four to six racers competing at a time. The bikes are lightweight and built for speed. This makes the sport of track racing intense and difficult for racers, as it requires a great deal of practice and skill to navigate the track safely. Track racing dates back to 1914 when the Harley Davidson Flat Track Team first started racing competitively. Since then, racing sports of all kinds have become a national pastime in America and have spread worldwide. The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is the international governing body for track racing, overseeing 16 major championships and 20 additional secondary championship events. There are even track races held on snow and ice in colder areas around the world.


What is track racing?

Track racing is a fast-paced motorcycle racing sport held on flat tracks. These tracks are most often dirt but can also be snow or ice in regions with colder weather. These races are held around the world with many major championship events. The races can be individual or team and are most often completed with four to six racers per heat. The races are typically four laps, making them quick and action-packed events. 

What are the biggest track racing competitions in the world?

In the United States, the American Motorcyclist Association has been holding the Flat Track Grand Championships since 1975. The Flat Track Grand Championship is considered one of the most prestigious events in the sport. The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme holds 16 different major championship events around the world for both youth and professional riders. Some of the biggest events are the Speedway Grand Prix World Championship, the Flat Track World Championship, and the Ice Speedway World Championship. 

What are the different disciplines of track racing?

In track racing, there are multiple variants of the sport that take place on different types of tracks. For example, speedway and flat track disciplines take place on flat oval dirt tracks, although the two disciplines differ in rules and regulations. In speedway, motorcycles are required to have no brakes, only use one gear, and must be below 78kg. Flat track bikes are much different, with the ability to use two or four stroke engines, front and rear brakes, and specialized suspensions. Grasstrack and long track disciplines take place on grass surfaces with flat oval tracks. Lastly, ice track races are most similar to the speedway discipline of track racing, but take place on ice covered tracks and utilize special tires. In the United States riders can compete in four different events, including oval short-track, half-mile, mile tracks, and TT courses that include a right turn.