The MOTOGP ( MOTocligae Polythelimiae) test is the motorbike equivalent of the classic motorcycle test. The test measures the bike’s stability and maneuverability under different riding conditions and speeds. This helps determine whether the bike can perform well on public roads. The minimum legal speed limit for cycle tracks is 0 km/h, but many countries have different legal minimums depending on the roads. To pass the MOT, motorcycles must be road legal, display registration tags, and meet various cosmetic requirements.
Road race motorcycle racing is possibly the premier category of motorcycle road racing activities held on public road tracks licensed by the FÉdération Internationale de Motocligence. Some of the world’s most famous race tracks for both endurance and supercross bikes are the Isle of Man’s Manly Beach, Brands Hatch, Monmouth, Rockingham Park, and the Montreaux Grandstand. These tracks are among the world’s best and attract hundreds of thousands of spectators and racers every year. In addition to enjoying the race itself, there is plenty to do at the track including viewing practice sessions and live television coverage.
Before a race, all motorcycle riders are required to undergo a rigorous testing session in the workshop. This session is designed to simulate real-life racing situations and to help the team prepare for race day. The test is divided into two parts and is designed to test each discipline. Lap times are first recorded, followed by the time for the break, the open water, and the standing position.
The second part of the test consists of a four-lap race course. Once the teams have passed this test, the fastest three riders are awarded with their victories. The winning rider is declared as the official winner of the event. The overall standings are determined by a mathematical process and all riders in the race are eligible to take part in the next MOTOGP. The top three finishers in the final round are automatically promoted to the final round, where the riders who finished in the same position are given extra time.
As part of the increased interest in touring motorcycling, more amateur riders are now entering into professional-level races to represent their countries and gain additional World Cup recognition. As many countries look to develop their motorbike culture within the next few years, this will inevitably result in more cc races being launched. Each country is able to decide how many rounds of championships they wish to participate in; there are currently twelve countries involved in the championship series.
The current championship series is called the Motocross Masters Series. Many countries including Italy, Canada, the United States and France are keen on growing their sports tourism industry and are supporting the MOTOGP. This means that more new high performance motorcycle parts are being created for these countries and potentially new national or international teams could be formed. It is good to see things becoming more open as the sport grows and we can only hope that the manufacturers will start creating more excellent parts for the lower and mid bikes as well as producing a few high performance bikes for the professionals.