What is Moto Gp

MotoGP™ is the premier motorcycle racing World Championship; an eighteen-race series visiting fourteen countries, four continents and with pan-global television coverage. Nine nationalities of the world’s most skilled riders line a grid armed with cutting-edge motorcycle technology with prototype machinery fielded by three manufacturers; Ducati, Yamaha and Honda.Established as a World Championship by the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) in 1949, MotoGP is now into its 63rd year. It is the oldest motorsports championship in the world and the premier class of three racing classes that take to the track on a typical Grand Prix weekend. Formerly labelled ‘500cc’, the championship underwent a change in 2002 with new technical regulations permitting the introduction of four-stroke machinery and increasing the engine capacity to 990cc, thus becoming MotoGP. From 2007 the rules were altered, limiting engine capacity to 800cc, and once again from 2012, setting the maximum engine displacement at 1000cc. MotoGP has been administrated by commercial rights owners Dorna Sports under the supervision of the FIM since 1992.MotoGP™ has a rich history with Grand Prix events having taken place in every corner of the world throughout the last 62 years. More than 2.2 million people came through the gates of the circuits to watch MotoGP in 2011. Italy, Great Britain, Spain, the USA and Australia are just some of the nationalities that have all totalled high numbers in terms of race victories and world titles, the details of which can be found in the Results & Statistics section.As well as the premier class there are also two ultra-competitive World Championship Grand Prix categories which form part of ‘MotoGP’. The Moto3 (formerly 125cc) and Moto2 (formerly 250cc) World Championships have their own races at each Grand Prix, meaning that by the end of the season three new champions are crowned.RACE WEEKENDSOn a Grand Prix weekend there is a race in each of MotoGP’s three categories:    Moto3™ – This new 4-stroke, 250cc, single-cylinder class replaces the 125cc GP category, which had its final run in 2011. The maximum age for riders is 28 years (25 for wild-card riders or those newly contracted and competing in a Moto3 for the first time) and the minimum age is 16 years.    Moto2™ – The Moto2™ class replaced the 250cc category from 2010. Honda is the sole engine supplier, and Dunlop provide the tyres. The bikes are powered by a 600cc 4-stroke engine, producing around 140hp, and the design and construction of the chassis is free within the constraints of the FIM Grand Prix Technical Regulations. The main frame, swingarm, fuel tank, seat and fairing/bodywork from a non-prototype (ie. series production road-homologated) motorcycle may not be used. The minimum age for riders is 16.    MotoGP™ – The ultimate test for the finest talents in motorcycle racing, in which the maximum engine capacity is the aforementioned 1000cc (4-stroke engines) and the minimum age for riders is 18.At selected events the race timetable is augmented further by the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup – an initiative designed to unearth future MotoGP stars from across the world.A Grand Prix event takes place over three days, with the first two of those for practice and qualification for each class. The third day is race-day. There are free practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, and a single qualification practice on Saturday afternoon then determines grid order for Sunday's race, with the fastest riders taking the front slots. In each category the three fastest riders take positions on the first row of the grid, with the rest lining up in rows of three behind.After warm-up sessions for each category on race-day, traditionally the smallest category, in this case Moto3, begins the programme, with the Moto2 class following and then finally the blue riband MotoGP event. This can be subject to change however. Races vary in length between 95-130km and normally last between 40-45 minutes, conforming to a set number of laps which differs at each track. Pit-stops are rare but permitted, and are especially applicable in changeable weather conditions when riders can enter the pit-lane and switch machines to one fitted with different spec tyres (only MotoGP).RIDERSThe current MotoGP World Champion is factory Honda rider Casey Stoner, who in 2011 claimed his second premier class title. The Championship saw 2010 Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Factory Yamaha) finish runner-up behind him after some fantastic battles along the way, with Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) placing third.In 2012 the MotoGP class will be joined by a selection of new riders – known as Rookies – who will ensure that the level of competition and racing ability remains at an exceptionally high level. 2011 Moto2 champion Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) moves up to the premier class, with additional rookies Michele Pirro (Gresini Honda), Danilo Petrucci (Ioda Racing Project), Ivan Silva (BQR) and Yonny Hernandez (BQR), all riding CRT machines. The list of participants in each Grand Prix is composed of the permanent riders, contracted and nominated by their teams for the whole season, and wildcard entries – who are often local riders. Approximately 21 participants will line up each MotoGP race, about 40 take part in each Moto2 race and the Moto3 races usually involve around 30 riders.Riders from around the globe take part in the World Championships including the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UK and USAFor profiles of every rider from all three Grand Prix categories visit our dedicated Riders & Teams section.MotoGP™ also has close links with the Riders for Health charity, which helps health workers in Africa have access to reliable transportation so they can reach the most isolated people with regular and predictable health care.


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