Theres the Grand prix on our televisions every sunday during the season. There have just been great results shown at the Rio 2016 Olympics. But something that is fast becoming a talking point amongst the nation is MotoGP. Has it been something you are talking about?
For those that are unaware of what it is all about, here’s a brief lowdown. MotoGP is the premier motorcycle world championship. An eighteen race season visiting all depths of the globe. Allowing racers to take part in the event to be crowned the ultimate champion at the end of the eighteen races. It brings the world’s most skilled riders alongside the cutting edge technology to compete. It all began back in 1949 and is the oldest motorsports championship. So why now? This is because more people are showing an interest in motorcycle ownership. The exhilarating fast paced viewing this championship offers.
So what do you need to know?
The race begins with qualifying. This consists of three races that you will then determine the poll position riders. This gives those riders a huge advantage within the final race. It has become much more technical within the last few years. The engines are now specific to 900cc four stroke engines. Also, this year alone has seen some major technical rule changes put in place. But all that goes towards a fair championship that keeps people talking. Race weekends tend to happen to cover the 3 stages of Moto. MotoGP being the premiership of the three.
An understanding of some of the basic rules of MotoGP World Championship racing adds to the enjoyment. Whether you are at the track in person or whether you are one of the millions keeping up with the action on television. Many of which tend to be motorcycle enthusiasts or people that work in the motor trade.
It’s just as strict as many other sporting events. Which I think is what adds to the excitement of the race. Breaking rules or violating things like flags can cause serious punishment. Of course, depending on how serious the incident is. Punishments tend to be things like warnings, fines, race penalties and changing of position. One major penalty is something known as the ride through procedure. It can be imposed on a rider mainly when things happen at the beginning of the race. If the rider is at fault at some point during the race they will be asked to ride through the pit lane to then rejoin the race. The rider get’s five chance to take out this action, as a yellow board is held up at the finish line. If they don’t do it they get a twenty second penalty added to their time. Often this can have a huge impact on their final position. This is something a rider doesn’t want to happen. For a viewer it makes the whole thing exciting to watch.
What about wet days? Do the riders still go out in adverse conditions? Of course, this is something for the adjudicators to take a decision on. But most races are categorised as wet or dry races. If a board is displayed at the beginning of a race then this is an indication of a wet race, if there is no board then it is ultimately dry. This is to indicate to the riders the condition of the course, so they can change their riding style to work alongside the new conditions.
Are riders ever seriously hurt?
As riders can average over 100mph in speeds, there is no doubt that things can happen. Accidents occur. Of course, one little known fact is that the bikes average a weight double of the average man. Making these machines heavy and dangerous. The most problematic areas are the corners. Between the bike and the track there is the depth of a 50p piece. Making that a small difference between something that works well, and an accident occurring. This is why bikers are heavily armed when racing. Some viewers would state that riders wear more armour than Batman. It contains extra protection to shield them during high speed clashes. While these things are all genuine risks of being involved in something so high speed. Riders need to ensure they have short memories in order to continue. Some will have a fair few crashes during the season, and it’s vital they pick themselves back up and get back on the bike. This is possibly why many bikers, whether competing or not, consider taking our life insurance to cover all aspects. There is more information on websites like www.genesage.com/life-insurance-for-dangerous-hobbies/motorcycle-riders.
So are you tuning in to view?
With that overview, I hope that makes you more aware of a great sport MotoGP is and all the reasons why it makes excellent viewing. Are you going to tune into it? Check out http://www.motogp.com for more information.
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