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Moto GP and all you need to know (Part 1)

MotoGP TM is regarded as the world’s leading two-wheel racing system that takes place every year in several countries around the world. The most experienced racers from several different countries compete in a competition packed with the most innovative motorcycle technologies-prototype machines developed by manufacturers such as Aprilia, Ducati, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and KTM.

History

MotoGP TM was known as the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) World Championship in 1949

It is the oldest motorsport championship in the world and comprises three competition modes. Since 2007, the regulations have been updated to restrict engine displacement to 800cc and again from 2012 to set a maximum engine size of 1000cc. MotoGP TM has been owned by the founders of the Dorna Sports franchise under the control of the FIM since 1992.

MotoGP TM has a very long history, with Grand Prix competitions taking place around the world since its establishment in 1949. Italy, the UK, Spain, the USA and Australia are only a handful of the countries that have produced highly talented racers, won multiple race wins and won world titles. 

As well as first place, there are two smaller competitive Grand Prix World Championship divisions that are part of the ‘MotoGP TM. The Moto3 TM World Championships (formerly 125cc) and the Moto2 TM World Championships (formerly 250cc) have their own races at each Grand Prix.

Grand Prix

At the end of the Grand Prix Week there is one main event in each of the three MotoGP TM categories: 

Drivers have an overall age of 28 (25 for freelancers or rookies playing for the first time in Moto3) and a minimum age of 16, unless they are winners of the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 TM World Youth Championship, in which case they could be younger.

Honda is the primary supplier of the engine and Dunlop is the supplier of the tyres. Bicycles are powered by a 600cc 4-stroke engine that produces about 140 horsepower, but the architecture and layout of the frame is free from the limitations of the FIM Grand Prix Specification. The main frame, swing arm, fuel tank, saddle and automobile bodywork of a non-prototype motorcycle (i.e. homogeneous mass production) will not be used. Driver’s minimum age is 16 years.

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