Grand Prix motorcycle racing is a type of premier class racing where various events are held on road circuits.
As Fast as a F1 Car
Many MotoGP fans may not realise that a 1000cc 4 stroke bike has a top speed of about 220 mph and this is just slightly slower than the F1 car record of 231 mph. F1 cars can go as fast as 118 mph on a track that is only 10 mph more than a MotoGP bike.
The weight-to-power ration of a MotoGP bike is incredible and this results in faster acceleration. MotoGP bikes can go from zero to 60 mph in about 2.5 seconds, which is only a fraction faster than an F1 car. MotoGP bikes of 250 horsepower will also be able to maintain speeds of about 100 mph around corners.
Racers Require Endurance
MotoGP racers have awesome physical strength as they have to move a 160 kg bike around a track at incredibly fast speeds sometimes in difficult climatic conditions, which often leads to high levels of water and loss of weight. When going around corners the contact with the track is really small and riders will sometimes have to lean at a 55-degree angle as they race around corners. This is one of the main reasons for accidents.
The leather clothing that the riders wear is only 1.4mm thick and this helps with reducing weight by about 4.5kg. This clothing is often made from Kangaroo leather as it is much more durable and flexible compared to cowhide.
All about the Bike
MotoGP riders will be given a custom-made bike with an engine that is built just for them. These bikes are built using top-secret technology that will in some way have an advantage over their competitors. These bikes are kept secret and guarded closely. The average cost of such a bike is about $2 million, which is a bit more than you can win playing blackjack online Canada games, but for many MotoGP execs these bikes are priceless and irreplaceable.
The parts used on these bikes are often only used once and are discarded after each race or training session. The tyres are made from a different substance than normal tyres giving them a firmer grip, which helps the bike from sliding off the track especially when going around corners. MotoGP bikes have pneumatic valves and not spring valves. They have seamless transmission that allow for smooth clutchless shifting of gears. There are also between 30 and 40 sensors that collect data like suspension, exhaust and brake temperature and the angle of steering. When a race has been completed the data is downloaded and analysed.
The Best Bikes
The dominant bike manufacturers in MotoGP are Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha. In 2007 the Ducati, an Italian bike with rider Casey Stoner won 10 races out of 18. But it is the Japanese manufactured bikes that seem to always dominate the MotoGP races. It seems that they continue to hold this position.