Worldwide Recognition of MOTOGP (Mobile Auto Motorcycle Racing) Championship as the most popular motorcycle road race event and most viewed motorbike racing event is evident from the fact that it is covered in more than 150 countries and is enjoyed by millions of motorbike enthusiasts. It is also an established international sport with its own dedicated TV Channel, Radio programme and a variety of live web sites, E-mail newsletters and an extensive choice of race tracks. In short, it enjoys huge popularity all over the world!
The popularity of the Super GT Bike racing series is immense as it is an excellent source of revenue for all the tyre manufacturers, particularly tyres with good tread conditions. As a result, there are many manufacturers keen to enter into this extremely competitive but low cost niche. So you can hardly find any two-wheeled vehicles at motocross events. Four-stroke motorbikes are extremely well developed and are considered the most powerful four-stroke machines in the world, so they are naturally attracting huge numbers of newcomers to the sport.
As motocross has progressed technologically, so too have the bikes used in the races. There is a vast choice of modern two-stroke engines available to use in the premier class. The latest innovation is the use of hybrid four-stroke engines with super efficient high compression engines, which have been developed to give extra power and increased fuel efficiency. This is one aspect of motocross that has helped the sport to move forward.
With the increase in interest in these new technology four-stroke engines, there has been an increased interest in buying the best modern motorbikes. Some of the top-notch brands such as Honda and Suzuki are offering some very exciting models, so the manufacturers are competing more fiercely in this sector. As there is no clear demarcation between the classes of motorbike, there is a real attraction for those looking to upgrade to a new bike. There are many stores and dealers offering a wide range of parts. It is important to take advice before committing to purchase a new bike.
One area of great debate in the world of motorbikes is about the need for more powerful and durable tires. Many top-end manufacturers have answered the call, with the introduction of softer, lighter, faster-wearing and more aerodynamic four-stroke tires. It is not just Bridgestone who have made significant advances; many other manufacturers have introduced new compounds which have helped riders to gain more control and reduce wind resistance. The use of these new compounds is proving very beneficial for riders. It is not just for the Bridgestone tires that these developments have taken place; the new compounds are being introduced for all leading motorcycle manufacturers, in an effort to create the best possible package for the rider.
The new rules concerning fuel racing took effect this season, making it more important than ever for a rider to check his or her eligibility to be able to take part in the MOTOGP races. The new regulations state that all riders must have been taking part in three years of approved motocross racing before being eligible to take part in the MOT races. This is the first time such a rule has been implemented. If a rider satisfies the eligibility criteria, but fails to register with the MOTOGP before the expiry of his or her three-year limitation period, he or she will be obliged to return to the category in which they last completed a race. Failure to register within the specified time will result in disqualification and, in some cases, suspension of the rider from future MOTOGP events.