The MOTOGP or Medical Research Vehicle Policy was introduced in the United Kingdom in 2021. It is a legal requirement for motorcycle drivers and owners to obtain one before they can take their motorcycle on public roads. For drivers without a MOT, they are required to carry an uninsured motorist policy or have equivalent cover to carry. They also must have a valid driving licence. The MOT test covers a three area of responsibility which is that of the engine, car performance and road safety aspects of the motorcycle. Any non-specific damage to the vehicle can be covered for under the policy but it is a good idea to check as it may not be covered.
Grand Prix bike racing is arguably the most prestigious category of motorcycle road race events held on public roads worldwide. The MOT provides information to the general motorcycling public about the various components of the engines used in GP bikes and it also offers a certificate that proves the vehicles meet certain standards. This means that should an accident occur, or an accident occur whilst the vehicle is being repaired, the owner has no legal protection if they cannot prove their vehicle meets these criteria. Therefore, MOTOGP bikes and drivers are at greater risk when on the road. However, as well as covering potential damage to the engines, they also cover potential damage to the riders’ body.
All MOTOGP bikes and drivers are required to have the correct tyres for the level of riding they will do. The tyres must have the right amount of tread to help with any cornering and must be a specific size according to the height of the rider. However, the tyres will need to be inflated correctly for the levels of use. As well as the tread, the tyres must be a specific height. The minimum height of the tyres is 13 inches, although many will be higher. If the tyres are too high then the bike has more chances of rolling over and this can cause fatal injuries.
There are many advantages to having the correct MOTOGP qualifying tyres, and therefore there are many riders who choose to not risk it. However, this is not for everyone. For example, if a rider fits a new set of tyres but does not have the required time for the tyres to dry before their next race, then the tyres will not be ready for use. In addition, if a team is using used tyres for a race they must ensure that the used tyres are also dry before putting them on the bikes. For this reason it is very important to make sure that all tyres are dry before going out for a MOT.
Not only does MOTOGP secure the safety of teams and riders, but also helps save the environment by reducing the amount of waste that is produced during a race. Every grand prix event causes the death of thousands of birds and animals every year, many of which were killed simply by flying into the air. This is due to large amounts of oil, gasoline and diesel squirted into the air from race tracks. Without MOTogP vehicles driving in the races, many more of these needless deaths would take place. Even if a single person dies in an accident, the effect on nature would still be felt.
For motorcycle racing enthusiasts the MOTOGP concept stands as a way of ensuring that the sport is safeguarded, while saving the planet. The concept has become so popular that it now applies to all forms of motorbikes racing from street tourers to road touring groups. It has been embraced by the top national constructors such as Honda, Dorna and BMW and other smaller teams and has received warm international support. Some of the world’s top motorbike builders have adopted the concept and included it into their production plans.