MotoGP™: Behind the Extreme Racing Conditions Riders Face

Jaime Villegas

By Jaime Villegas

August 31, 2015

MotoGP-United-States-Grand-Prix-QuintEvents-Turn-1-View-3When it comes to frenetic, danger-fueled twists and turns, MotoGP™ takes the cake without a doubt. MotoGP™ and other similar motorsports all have their own inherent dangers. No one knows these dangers more than these riders.

Now I’m not going to debate that one motorsport is more dangerous than the other because I think we can all agree that all motorsports carry their own set of dangers and challenges.

For MotoGP™ riders, there isn’t much that will keep them of the track; through fog, rain, heat, and exhaustion riders must be ready for the next race! Riders know they must bring their A-game to the asphalt in order to come out on top.

Check out some of the extreme conditions riders face on and off the track.

93marquez,gpargentina_ds-_s1d3829_slideshow_169Slippery When Wet

No MotoGP™ race is complete without a little rain, or so it seems. Like clockwork, either during the practice rounds or the Championship race, rain likes to make an appearance. This makes it difficult for riders of all MotoGP™ classes to keep it together.

Unfortunately, not all tracks are built to hold the extreme amounts of water that rain down from time to time. Take the MotoGP™ Misano 2014 for instance; riders were crashing one right after the other. The track had not been updated and equipped to handle the copious about of rain.

Bodily Injuries

While it is debatable that riding on a motorcycle is more dangerous than riding in a car, the fact is that one’s body is significantly more exposed while riding on a two-wheel bike than a four-wheel vehicle.

Just two months ago, Repsol Honda’s Marquez was battling with Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, for the lead in the opening stages of the 25-lap race, but he crashed out at Turn 10 on the third lap.

Also around that time, current Moto2 World Champion, Tito Rabat, sustained a fractured right collarbone in a crash while training at the Almeria circuit in Spain. The crash occurred due to a mechanical failure as the reigning champ was braking for Turn one.

Luckily, neither rider sustained deadly injuries. However, this proves how dangerous and how common these types of are.

_S1D0017Need for Speed

The name of the game: Speed. Riders reach ridiculous speeds as they maneuver around corners. They sway their heavy bikes from left to right, rounding VERY sharp turns, all while trying to stay ahead of the riders that are mere inches behind them.

Let me put it in perspective for you; riders are on motorbikes going record speeds upwards of 217.23 miles per hour! Needless to say, stopping is not an easy feat at those speeds.

Riders in MotoGP™ know they better be ready for blistering corners, dizzying lean angles, and their agility must be in tip-top shape if they plan on taking home a spot on the podium.

Hot in Here

The MotoGP™ Championship has a way of always managing to hit the hottest locations at the hottest times of the year. When it’s not raining, the sky is clear and the sun is shining down hard on riders.

At this year’s Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, track temperatures reached almost 112 degrees. It was the hottest temperature recorded over the weekend. I’m not sure if people really understand how hot that actually is! Not only is it hotter than summer’s hottest day, but riders have to perform their job with unmatched precision just to ensure their own safety.

Riders must under-go extreme heat conditioning in order to be able to perform effectively under the stress they’re encountering throughout the championship.

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