The Grand Prix Motorcycle championship has several vehicle categories, one of which is the MotoGP. These races feature 1000 cc two-stroke and four-stroke engines, and it's the fastest of the Grand Prix Motorcycle events.
Enjoy this exciting motorcycle event at the Circuit de Valencia in Cheste.
The MotoGP category features the best of the best in the Grand Prix, due to the power of the bikes. The 1000 cc engines help the racers get up to 340 km/hr, and you'll also see many prototype configurations at these events. Each team wants to optimize its motorcycles for the best performance, so they have the latest technology, unusual options and other setups that you don't see at the Moto2 and Moto3. These lower-powered classes give other motorcycle teams the chance to gain experience on the circuit before competing at top levels.
One of the most interesting aspects of the MotoGP race is the balance of cylinders to weight. Bikes with fewer cylinders have lower minimum weight, with the allowed limit scaling up to six cylinders. Racers choosing to max out their approved cylinders have a handicap when it comes to the weight of their bikes. This strategic decision can have major consequences when it comes to the track conditions and other factors.
The Grand Prix started in 1949 and MotoGP has gone through several significant changes in that time. This class started out with 500 cc motorcycles until 2001 and ended up dividing bike requirements between the two-stroke and four-stroke engines. Two-stroke kept the 500 cc maximum, while four-strokes could move up to 990 cc. This move pushed two-stroke engines completely out of MotoGP.
Further changes occurred in 2007 when engine power was limited to 800 cc. The 1000 cc engines didn't become the standard until 2012. The overall impact of these changes has created a class that is accessible for newcomers. The usage of unified electronics has gone a long way to allowing independent teams to start competing against well-established and well-funded racers. The diversity brings a new energy to MotoGP and creates many unexpected twists and turns in the results.
When you go to a race, you're seeing the culmination of hundreds of hours of work getting the bikes just right. The amount of time they put into tire selection alone is mind boggling, along with every other component that can make the difference between first place and last.
You get to take your seat by the track, with a great view of the race and plenty of fresh air. The MotoGP draws many avid motorcycling racing fans, so you can make plenty of new friends as you watch close races, find out more about the latest engine configurations and eat plenty of event food. This atmosphere is casual and informal, giving you the perfect place to go when you want a fun afternoon. Plus, you're free to get up and stretch your legs.
Epic events and incredible deals straight to your inbox.