An ultimate goal of many motorcycle enthusiasts, from any corner of the globe is to somehow, sometime, somewhere be a part of a motorcycle championship event as grand as the MotoGP!
To qualify to ride in one is yet another dream… Not impossible! But quite a challenge…..
Did you know?
Top Moto GP riders such as Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez earn somewhere in the spectrum of 10 to 12 million dollars per year based on their exclusive contracts?! Wow, right? But the money’s just the icing on the cake. The fame, excitement and flamboyant lifestyle that being a Moto GP rider entails is INCREDIBLE! And yeah… these guys also get to ride the best superbikes in the world on some of the best racing tracks on the planet.
Let’s find out more about what MotoGP is….
MotoGP is the premier class of the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix. It’s a set of eighteen-races, held in more than a dozen countries across numerous different continents. It is a highly publicised event that gets covered extensively by global media and invites spectators and participation from all over the world.
The first ever Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix was organized by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) in 1949. It was FIM that established MotoGP as a world championship event.
The MotoGP invites participation from a multi cultural mix of riders from over ten different nationalities. Cutting edge motorcycle technology is commonplace with brands like Ducati, Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda and Aprilia ruling the roost. Besides MotoGP there are two other esteemed Grand Prix championships. If you haven’t yet guessed it yet, these are the Moto2 (125cc) and the Moto3 (250cc) world championships. And just like the Moto GP, these too are highly competitive and esteemed in their own rights.
Qualification rounds at the event
The usual Moto GP weekend before the race schedule involves 3 fierce 45 minute practice sessions on Friday morning, afternoon and Saturday morning. The combined results of these sessions decide entry into the Q1 and Q2 rounds.
The riders are divided according to ability for these rounds. The fastest 10 are placed in the Q2 and the remaining ones race in the Q1. The best two riders of Q1 however can also proceed to competing in Q2, resulting in a total of 12 riders in the final 15 minute Q2 session.
The lengths of the actual races vary from 95 -103m kms and a typical race lasts for about 45 minutes. Riders are allowed to take pit stops in non-conducive weather conditions.
The Moto GP tradition
The Moto3 kicks off every MotoGP event, followed by the Moto2 and finally the MotoGP riders take the tracks to show their stuff.
The MotoGP Bike Grid
Here’s the best part about the championship: the super-bike brands!
A lead in the smaller classes of Moto3 and Moto2, the Aprilia is committed to high quality performance. The company is proud of its Moto GP tradition with a dedicated racer club for Aprilia owners.
Recently clocking a maximum speed of 349.8 km/h, the Ducati first arrived in MotoGP in 2003. It has been a racers delight albeit a couple of hasty decisions to alter its design. But we still love it! Here’s the link that talks all about Ducati race performances.
The latest Suzuki GSX RR racer is geared up to participate in an upcoming MotoGp after a short hiatus and we are sure looking forward to that one. The Team Suzuki Ecstar team is back to strut their stuff. Check out the Suzuki Moto GP racing update.
The 2016 Honda RC213V that relies on a V4 engine in a twin-spar aluminium frame is one impressive machine that’s the latest in the Moto GP superbike range. Here’s more on the Honda motorcycle range and Honda racing information.
The KTM RC16 made its successful début entry in the Austrian GP in 2015 following intense testing and development. Like the motorcycling industry, we too have great expectations from this brand.
So this is just the tip of the iceberg, GoBikerz. The Moto GP championships involve many highly skilled professionals to create one of the most prestigious biking tournaments on the planet. We would love to go on about it but this should do as a basic introduction!