The MOTOGP test stands for Motor-Cycling MOToc), is an internationally recognized motorcycle transport standard that is required to be passed before anyone can take their motorbike on public roads. Grand Prix motorcycle racing is currently the premier category of motorcycle street racing events held regularly on road courses designed to comply with the FédÉration Internationale de l’Auto-Caballeroire. As part of its criteria, the MOT determines that a vehicle meets certain minimum safety standards, such as the engine capacity, fuel economy, and handling, braking systems, and reliability. If any of these areas are found to be inadequately maintained or broken during a Grand Prix event, then it will be immediately disqualified from participation. If an individual finds that his or her vehicle has met any of the following criteria, then they must apply for and pass the MOTOGP test.
These standards apply to both street and touring bikes and are as strict for both bikes in each category. Bikes that are over one thousand cc’s in weight, have a stock engine size, and meet all other operational requirements are also considered during the MOT testing process. Additionally, any vehicles that are over one hundred thousand cc’s in weight, which are also considered high performance motorbikes, are also banned from MOT testing.
However, when a Grand Prix race occurs, there is no room for non MOT motorcycles in the race, as these vehicles cannot be taken to a race meeting. If an individual chooses to ride a non MOT motorcycle in a Grand Prix event, they must first complete one season of classes in an approved motorcycle training course, before they are allowed to participate in a Grand Prix event. However, many motorcycle racers believe that the MOT tests are too strict, and that those taking part in a Grand Prix event should not have to worry about whether they have passed their MOT. Many top motorcycle racers have stated that they would love to see the ban on MOTs go, as it makes racing much easier for them.
Some riders agree with the MOT banning, but they do not think that it will have a major effect on the type of riding that they do. A large majority of motor bikes are street legal and only weigh a little more than sixteen kilograms. Some of the larger models can weigh well over twenty-five kilograms and can go up to forty-seven centimeters, with a maximum height of twenty-two meters. The lower weights of these machines result in lower drag and down force ratings, which make them perfect for smooth as well as rough terrain. With the ban in place for the coming years, it is hoped that riders will shift to more powerful machines, as it is far more likely that they will find the level of control much more satisfying with a powerful machine.
Some riders are worried that the new rules will affect the way that younger riders learn to ride. Many people start off with a two-year apprenticeship program before they undergo full MOT test, and the ban may discourage them from taking further classes that would lead to a three-year test. The new rules state that all learners must first be provided with a standard motorcycle road racing license, and that riders must pass this exam before they are entitled to any kind of MOT test. There is no word on whether this includes all motocross classes.
There is no doubt that the current regulations are aimed at ensuring that safe and fair racing is enjoyed by everyone. It was not possible for the UK government to design the current system without considering the needs of both motorcyclists and motorcycle road racing enthusiasts. The result is likely to mean that there is less pressure on owners of modern supercars to race at fast speeds and more safety measures for all riders. For riders of any model of motocross, this should mean better racing, with less chance of injury. For everyone else, it is likely to mean cheaper motocross premiums.