Whether you are new to motorcycling or an old pro, there is no doubt that the MOTOGP (MOTOC) test is a form of a performance standard that motorcycle manufacturers must adhere to if they wish to be considered as having passed their MOT test. Motorcycle racing is arguably the most prestigious category of motor sport road racing events to be held on road courses officially sanctioned by the FÉdÉration Internationale de Motocrosse. With some two hundred categories across all four classes, there is plenty of scope for you to become an expert in one or more areas.
If you want to take your career to the next level then the best move would be to start off your education as a Motocross athlete. There are many ways in which you can do this and one of the simplest is by finding yourself an instructor. There are many professional instructors across the country who offer introductory training in various disciplines and have the knowledge base required for Motocross racing. There are also several clubs and groups which hold regular meetings where Motocross racers can come together to share information and discuss progress in their chosen discipline. Many clubs also organise local meets to pit the bikes of competitors against each other, enabling fans to get an insight into the skills of the riders and see how their bikes fair in comparison to others in the class.
In order to qualify for MOTOGP certification, a candidate must demonstrate that he or she has been competent enough to cycle for a minimum of one year on four-cylinder engines with a minimum of twenty thousand miles for each engine. The minimum age is twenty-one years old, but the upper age limit is sixty-five years old, so if you are planning on turning professional then you really should aim to be at least this age. In order to achieve this, the vast majority of candidates will have achieved some form of professional racing experience, either within the confines of a motorbike team or within the confines of off-road terrain. They will also need to pass a rigorous written examination, which will confirm that they understand the basics of Motocross and that they are able to apply the principles of the sport to real world situations.
For this year’s MOTOGP season there have been some changes to the regulations, with a focus being placed upon the development of new and innovative technology. One of the key areas of development has been the development of the electronic bike kit. This has been developed by KHS and has led to a number of changes, including a lower minimum weight, increased strength, greater agility, and improved braking power and acceleration. New technology such as the Electronic Stabilizer Bar has been developed for this year’s MOT ensuring that teams are able to reduce the stability of their bikes to help them avoid a number of costly and annoying problems such as the inability to change the direction of the bike while it is being pedaled.
The other major advancement to the current regulations is the introduction of a new category. Known as the Superbike class, this new category includes models with a displacement of over 1,000 cc. As the largest unit of capacity, these bikes are most likely to be used by professional road racers and other similar events. With an aim to encourage a greater level of involvement in racing and a move away from the smaller displacement motorcycles which made up the previous motor class, the addition of Superbikes into the top class has sparked a number of positive opinions within the motorcycling world. Many teams have expressed interest in entering the new Superbike division, with some joining already.
The increasing popularity of the supermoto division has also resulted in a surge of interest in touring bikes, which previously were dominated by two specific types of machinery. These include touring bikes which are suitable for use on smooth rural roads and country paths, and the all-round leisurely bikes which are best suited for cross-country racing. There is also a growing interest in bikes for mountain biking and road touring, which has seen an increase in the number of manufacturers producing sporty motor bikes in recent years.