The Motorcycle Motocross Association (MMA) is a non-profit, professional motor sports organization recognized by the United States Department of Insurance. Motorcycle Grand Prix racing is the leading category of motor bike road racing events held at various road tracks organized by the F éd Ération Internationale de Motocrosserie. The Association was formed in the late 1970s to consolidate and centralize existing regional motocross clubs, which had been established in different countries in Europe. As a professional organization, the MMA offers a variety of competitions for both amateur riders and professionals to race in order to participate in the most prestigious events organized throughout the year. All the major Grand Prix motorcycle races are held in various cities of the world with the French GP being the most famous.
There are two classes in which to compete in the Motocross Grand Prix racing, the amateur category and the pro category. The amateur category permits riders with intermediate level experience to participate in the race, while the pro class allows advanced riders to take part in the race. In order to qualify for the motor bike race, the rider has to prove that he possesses at least a minimum of twenty hours of driving experience with no accidents or any moving violations. The motorcycle drivers are required to be fully aware of all the road conditions, the track surface and any other obstacles on the racetrack. A valid certificate from the Department of Transportation is compulsory before the start of each race.
The qualifying round consists of three stages. The first stage consists of a short flat out session in which only three riders are allowed to participate. At the end of this session, the three riders who finished in first position in the qualifying round will get the pole position for the next round. The other two riders who finished in second and third place in the previous session to get the third and fourth positions for the following round.
During the final qualifying session, the top four finishers in the initial session to get the green light to participate in the second stage. The second stage includes three additional laps with a time limit of two minutes. In order to qualify for the race, each rider has to complete two full laps. Each of the three remaining sessions is fifty minutes and allows the riders to improve their speed and to gain more confidence as the race nears completion. In addition to that, all participants in the second stage are also given the chance to put on the sportbike uniform and get into the action of the race. However, they have to surrender their bikes at the end of the session in order to take care of their cars.
If a rider fails to qualify for the MOTOGP race, he has to wait until the next month before he can join the action. On the day of each MOTOGP session, the organizers allow all registered riders to take part in a free practice session. This free practice session enables the riders to see how their bikes perform during the actual race. If a rider feels comfortable with the way his bike performs during the free practice session, he can join the qualifying line-up without any difficulty.
Although some riders feel that they can easily qualify for the MOTOGP by simply riding their own regular bike, it is highly recommended that a rider to join one of the leading teams that are regularly represented in the championship. Such teams include Sram, KTM, Bell & Ross and many others. These teams provide expert training to their drivers and this enables them to perform well during the race. The top MOTOGP teams make use of high quality racing machinery such as: KTM’s advanced triathlon engine; Bell & Ross’ triathlon engine; and Sram’s superbike.