Motorcycle racing has been around since the very first bikes were made, and it’s what made “iron horses” so popular among townsfolk.

Nowadays, there’s a myriad of motorcycle racing varieties out there, but let’s break down the main ones:

  1. Speedway: These races take place on tracks with different surfaces. In the winter, they are conducted on ice or frozen ground.
  2. Motocross: This type of race is held on special tracks or natural areas with rugged terrain. The classic track is about 3 km long. Stadium-cross or supercross (a version of motocross) takes place in stadiums. Dirt bike races are held in similar conditions.

    Motocross at Scheveningen Beach, The Hague, Netherlands
    Motocross at Scheveningen Beach, The Hague, Netherlands. Photo by Nicole Baster
  3. Supermoto: These are raced exclusively on motorcycles specially designed for this type of competition. The track consists of several sections: asphalt, dirt, and obstacle course. The maximum track length is 2 km.
  4. Enduro: The competitions are held on rough terrains with specific requirements. The rider must follow a predetermined schedule provided in advance. Besides, additional contests are held during the races.
  5. Cross-country and Enduro-cross: These are the variations of enduro races combined with other competitions.
  6. Circuit racing: These races are held on highway circuits at least 3 km long. The peculiarity of these competitions is the abundance of high-speed turns. Participants can ride road bikes or special motorcycles belonging to the MotoGP class.

    Superbike Championship at Snetterton Race Circuit, Norwich, United Kingdom
    Superbike Championship at Snetterton Race Circuit, Norwich, United Kingdom. Photo by Max Leveridge
  7. Endurance: These are road circuit competitions primarily aimed at testing the driver’s endurance. They can last for several days, and drivers are allowed to switch.
  8. Skioring: This is a team competition where the motorcycle racer tows a skier on a winter track. The track can be snowy, icy, or a combination of both. The riders cannot use wheel chains and studded tires.

The listed types of races are just the tip of the iceberg. Besides, a popular type of “unofficial” (illegal) racing among high-speed lovers is street racing.

So, what about you? Ever taken part in any high-speed competitions? Share your stories in the comments below or in moto chat of our app for motorcyclists CryptoMoto!

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