Despite the sport’s international popularity, there is a lot of mystery to the fast-paced sport of MotoGP™.
Speed, crashes and young riders are probably the few main things that come to mind for people when you think about MotoGP™.
There is a lot more to it than that, however. We are going to take you inside the sport, so you can know how fascinating it really is!
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1. It’s Global
MotoGP™ is an international sport, with teams and riders representing 10 different nations. The globalization of the sport has brought in fans from all around the world to witness the best riders line-up for a podium finish.
Despite the sport being old, the age of the fans are not. In the year 2014, 70 percent of the viewers to watch the races via televised broadcast were under the age of 35. Around 70 percent of the viewers of televised MotoGP™ races are under the age of 35 years old.
Throughout the approximate nine-month season, MotoGP™ travels to 13 countries, four continents and is covered by media outlets across the world.
2. It’s Old
The sport is actually not some new, hot thing! MotoGP™ is actually the oldest motorsport championship in the world.
Despite the sport’s popularity having reached new heights in the last decade, it has been around since 1950! It has, of course, changed and evolved, but the premise of the race weekends have remained the same for 65 years.
3. Different Levels
When people hear MotoGP™ riders now, they may just think of veterans like Valentino Rossi or the newfound, legendary champion, Marc Marquez. The sport has several different divisions, however, with several different champions in each.
It is divided into Moto3, Moto2 and then, of course, Moto1, which is the top level of the sport.
Moto1 consists of the best tanks in the sport and uses a 4-stroke engine. To participate in the top division of MotoGP™, you have to be at least 18 years of age.
Moto2 uses 600 cc 4-stroke engines, and a Moto2 riders has to be at least 16 years old to participate in its grand prix.
Moto3 actually uses a 250 cc single cylinder, 4–stroke engine. There is not necessarily a minimum age for the division, but you cannot be over the age of 28 to participate.
4. A Weekend Event
The stops along the 18-race circuit for grand prix weekends take place over a three-day time period. The first two days of the race weekends focus on setting up, practicing and qualifying rounds.
The third day is when the official, thrilling grand prix takes place.
5. Media Baby
MotoGP™ has become a media favorite in the international world of sports and has increased popularity greatly in the last 10 years. TV stations all over the world have begun to follow the sport.
Over 200 countries received live TV signal of the grand prixs, and the coverage of the races reached 291 homes across the globe.
During the 2014 season, MotoGP™ grand prix weekends brought in more than 2.47 million spectators in total! Some of the most popular grand prixs during the 2014 circuit were the Brno Grand Prix in the Czech Republic, the Jerez race in Spain, as well as the Sachesenring Grand Prix in Germany.
The Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas™, in Austin pulled a large crowd in 2014, as well. Reportedly, approximately 118, 918 fans came out for the Red Bull Championship. The popularity of the grand prix makes sense, considering Circuit of The Americas™ is relatively new and features a state-of-the-art circuit.
Go Behind-the-Scenes at a MotoGP™ Grand Prix!
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With MotoGP VIP Village™, you will get behind-the-scenes looks at MotoGP™ with pit lane walks and paddock tours. You also get the chance to attend rider meet-and-greets and Q&A’s, where you will get to meet MotoGP™ celebrities!