The popularity of road motorcycle racing is so high probably only enduro racing and motocross can make some competition to it. These types of racing have different but pretty numerous target audiences. However, of all of them, there is no doubt that road racing is where big money is. Here a bike can cost up to 2 million dollars.
Another aspect that makes them pretty cool is the deafening drive, powerful motors, and breakneck speeds – motorcycles accelerate to 350 km/h.
And the third thing that can easily turn you into a fan is a spectacular rivalry of great racers. You had lost a lot if you missed how Valentino Rossi rivaled Max Biaggi and then Sete Gibernau. What is worth only the elbow blow that Biaggi inflicted on Rossi when Rossi tried to overtake him, and then the famous moment when Rossi flipped off Biaggi when he nevertheless bypassed him in the same Grand Prix. And then they also got into a fight backstage before the awards ceremony.
Feels like your kind of vibe? Welcome to road racing!
Let’s start by finding out how road racing differs from others:
- Mandatory asphalt pavement.
- Looped track.
- The minimum track length is 3 km.
- The track is not elliptical as in speedway, but with many turns, chicanes, and, of course, long straights.
- The number of laps determines the duration of a single competition.
- To determine the starting position (in this type of racing, participants start at the same time), the riders go through 2 qualifying runs. The fastest lap time of a racer determines his starting position. Accordingly, the motorcyclist who has passed the qualifying race the fastest takes the pole position.
- After the leader has completed the required number of laps and finished the race, the other competitors must complete the last lap, regardless of the number of laps they’ve already completed, and finish the race.
- A rider is considered to have completed a race if two conditions are met: he finished no later than 5 minutes after the leader’s finish and completed 75% of the total number of laps.
- Only the first 15 Grand Prix riders are awarded points.
Types of road racing
There are two types of motorcycle racing in this discipline. There are no significant differences except for one – motorcycles. Read further to know more about it.
The first type is MotoGP, the royal race in motorsport. It is Formula 1 in the motorcycle world. Perhaps it is a pipe dream for most riders.
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Especially for MotoGP, such teams as Honda, Yamaha, or Kawasaki create a few unique bikes that are never mass-produced. Of course, you will never meet them on the road. It is really a big deal – the bikes are specially tuned to the style and features of the team rider.
Bikes are very heavy, about 160 kg, as the weights are attached to the bottom of the frame. Their task is to make it easier for the rider to corner as the lower center of gravity provides a better grip on the track.
By category, all competitions are divided into:
- The highest category is MotoGP, where motorcycles with engines of 1000 cc are participating.
- Moto2 is where bikes up to 765cc are raced.
- Moto3 features motorcycles with 250cc engines.
- MotoE is racing on electric bikes.
The second variety is the Superbike. The entry threshold for it is much lower than for MotoGP. Here mass-produced models are used. It is permissible to tune them only with the parts and components that can be freely bought. Otherwise, the rules for Superbike and MotoGP are the same.
Types of competitions:
- The highest category is called Superbike. Here, bikes with 2-cylinder engines (from 850 to 1200 cc) and 4-cylinder engines (from 750 to 1000 cc) are allowed. Racing tires are a must. The bikes are maximally modified.
- The middle category is called Supersport. Motorcycles with 2-cylinder engines (from 600 to 750 cc) and 4-cylinder engines (from 400 to 600 cc) are allowed. Only regular tires are permitted.
- The lowest category is called Superstock. You can participate on a stock motorcycle or a bike with minimal modifications. The engine limit is from 600 to 1000 cc.
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