MotoGP started in 1949 and is the oldest established motorsport. MotoGP produces high-end bikes for racing that the public cannot purchase, making the event that much more unique.
The World Championship features 19 Grand Prix events. Each event lasts between 40 and 45 minutes over a distance — typically 100 to 130 km — depending on the circuits.
Considered by many the purest form of motorsport, Grand Prix Motorcycle (MotoGP) returns to the Circuit of the Americas on April 8-10, 2022. Austin can expect a two-wheeled excitement weekend with an incredible schedule of off-track activations. The 3.41-mile race track that was designed to challenge the world’s most exciting competitors — while providing a thrilling spectacle for audiences — is now ready for a new show.
MotoGP bikes are as quick as F1 cars. Johan Zarco reached a top speed of 362.40km / 225mph in a practice session before the Qatar GP in 2021. This was on a Ducati. MotoGP bikes can accelerate remarkably quickly: from 0 to 60 mph in around 2.5 seconds, fractionally faster than an F1 car. These bikes are tailor-made for each driver’s specific needs, so they are hard to replicate. A standard MotoGP bike is worth around $2 million.
Except for one, all world championships have been won by Japanese motorcycles: Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha dominate MotoGP.
Three more riders will join the grid as qualifiers from the 2021 Rising Star championship, bringing the total number of riders to 27 for the Global Series. We are all eyes and ears and ready for the show at Circuit of the Americas this Sunday.