The MOTOGP (MotoGP) formula is a motor sport organization that is responsible for harmonizing various regulations and criteria related to motor racing throughout the world. Grand Prix motorcycle racing, also known as superbike racing, is the most popular category of motorcycle street racing events held at various road tracks organized by the FédÉration Internationale de Motocrosse. As a part of the GP Association, it is governed by the Federation of Motor Sports Enterprises, which is a division of the Yahoo Group.
The MOTOGP season consists of four classes. The first one, the Super Prototype, includes prototypes that have been designed and built especially for the professional class of motor racing. The second category, the Super Le Mans Prototype, includes prototypes only. The third category, the European Class, consists of factory supported bikes that are developed by the manufacturers of supercars and prototypes.
Each class in the MOTOGP has different set of class rules according to its championship category. For example, the Super Prototype category has three classes: the entry level championship, the top-level category and the superclass category. Each class features different set of specification and attributes, such as engines, body parts, tyres, kart engine kits, turbochargers, etc. The Super Prototype category also features two classes: the Open-Road qualifying tournament and the World Touring Car Championship. The WRC is a series of four-stroke engines that is raced in the World Rally Championship. The European Touring Car Championship includes rally style cars with two or three seats.
The four-stroke fuel has been changed in the MOTOGP rules to allow cars with three seats and greater passenger capacity to compete. With this change, the minimum weight has been increased to 4.2 tonnes. This will allow cars with up to four seats to use fuel with maximum speed. Maximum speed will be limited to those cars using an approved aerodynamic program. The new fuel regulations are expected to bring significant cost savings and to reduce the burden on budgeting for drivers of small vehicles, particularly in the UK where fuel costs account for nearly 25% of the annual fuel bill.
After the introduction of these regulations there will be several other events added to the calendar with updated fuel specifications. The first test of these programs is due to take place at the Le Mans Motor Show in the month of March. These tests will take cars on track for the first time with fully working tires, bodywork, aerodynamics and other modifications to make it road legal. It is anticipated that many of the new rules and regulations will be tested on closed courses during the summer and autumn months.
As part of the restructuring of the cars for the upcoming season of the MOTOGP, there will be several other changes to the engine specifications and to the way that the car is built. The changes will primarily affect the cars using the two horsepower engines, but they may also affect the classes using three and four horsepower engines. It is hoped that the introduction of the new regulations and further testing by the teams will lead to a reduction in fuel consumption and an increase in performance from the existing models.