Motorcycle racing has exploded in popularity recently. Both the MotoGP and WSBK series have seen an influx of both skill and drama, with the MotoAmerica series picking up where the AMA series left off with racing in the United States. It’s possible that understanding the various categories and races might be difficult, but that’s our purpose.
MotoGP vs. Everything Else
The Grand Prix motorcycle racing (or simply MotoGP) is the greatest form of motorbike racing on earth, and it has two primary distinctions. First, it brings together the world’s best riders. It’s the main event. The main attraction. Even if you’re a backmarker, piloting a MotoGP bike makes you reputable among the finest who’ve ever gracefully rode two wheels.
Second, each bike is a unique prototype machine. This means that while they’re used for R&D, they have little in common with the motorcycles on showroom floors that bear the same logos. MotoGP bikes are complete prototypes, designed from scratch, and filled with advanced technology.
There are three classes in MotoGP, which thankfully follow the categories from the other series. The top-flight category is known as MotoGP, with 1000 cc motorcycles limited to four cylinders and a maximum bore of 81 mm.
Rather than each OEM developing its own Moto 2 engine, all of these motorcycles use the same 600 cc four-cylinder engine, which has been modified by ExternPro in order to produce more power.
The Moto 3 models are all 250 cc single-cylinder machines. The “baby class,” as it is known, is an extremely competitive engineering challenge for the manufacturers, even though the performance difference between them is minor. According to reports, the cost of Moto3 racing is 2-3 times greater than that of Moto2 racing.
MotoGP is supposed to be a showcase for what companies can accomplish with limitless resources, whereas WorldSBK actually provides us with something to learn from. The WSBK machines are all based on models available at your local dealership, unlike the GP prototypes. Both categories are divided between “Superstock” and regular “supersport,” or “superbike,” to show how much aftermarket support they may get.
At the top level, we have Superbike and Superstock 1000. The Superbikes can range in size from 750 to 1,200 cc depending on the number of cylinders, and they receive modifications to the engine’s components, management system, exhaust, suspension, and brakes. They also acquire Pirelli racing tires at this level.
Meanwhile, the Superstock 1000 bikes are kept as close to stock as possible. Teams may only change for improved suspension and exhaust, as well as race bodywork and make minor adjustments for ergonomics.
We also have Supersport and Superstock, the 600 cc classes, which are permitted engines with between 400 and 750 cylinders depending on the number of cylinders. The Supersports get more engine modifications than the Superstock bikes, although both receive suspension and exhaust improvements.
The U.S.’s involvement in any sort of international road racing has vanished with the passing of AMA Pro Racing. MotoAmerica, a new series led by Wayne Rainey, aims to put road racing back on American soil in a style that allows more Americans to compete on the world stage.
With this in mind, the classes are structured similarly to WorldSBK so that a rider who has performed well or whose team believes can be successful may make the transition with ease.
The addition of the new MotoAmerica series, which will compete in all of the same races and use identical chassis, has prompted a lot of excitement. The previous MotoAmerica branding was phased out after Texas Motor Speedway debuted its own brand as a title sponsor for one race during the inaugural season. This signaled another sharp drop in viewership for BeIN Sports’ U . S . television deal with MotoGP organizers Dorna Sports. On top of that, this also added to speculation about Laverty’s retirement from racing altogether…one day before COTA hosted its first-ever race during the MotoGP event several weeks ago.
They’ve also snagged some amazing riders, including Josh Hayes, Cameron Beaubier, Roger Hayden, Corey Alexander, Jake Gagne, privateer Benny Solis, and Joe Roberts—the next American phenom.
MotoGP is often the simplest form of road racing, to begin with, and like many sports, it’s tempting to solely focus on the top class and ignore the others. However, motorbike racing is unique. When a Moto 2 rider back in into corners or a Moto 3 driver drafting off another generates its own type of excitement.
It’s much more than just a motorbike racing series. It may be a bit of everything and anything goes the riders, their personalities, their performances, and the narratives between them and other riders that make it appealing. And it’s out there for you to discover if you look hard enough.
In conclusion, Motorcycle racing has so much more to offer if you’re willing to explore it a little bit. There’s always something new and exciting happening, whether it’s on the track or off of it. So dive in and enjoy the ride!