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Motorbike Racing 101


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Motorbike enthusiasts come from all walks of life, and own motorbikes for a whole variety of different purposes. Some for long distance off- road travel, some for travel to work of a morning and other more extreme enthusiast for racing!

Different types of racing can test a drivers riding skills and techniques, whether a beginner or long- term fan, there are many different types of racing to choose from.
Motorcycle racing is also known as moto or bike racing. The sport involves racing motorbikes, and there are two main categories; tarmac based road disciplines and off road racing.

Road racing can be either motorcycle races are run on specially built, closed circuit courses, or using public roads which become are temporarily closed for conducting a race. For example the Targa Florio is a popular race. The most famous of this type however is likely to be The Tourist Trophy, which takes place over the Snaefell Mountain Course,
Closed circuit race tracks require a variety of skills from a racer due to its turns and curves, even though these are purpose built they resemble road courses.

Grand prix racing also exists, this is the premier category of motorcycle road racing, these are purpose built machines which cannot be bought for general use or ridden illegitimately.

Another type is super-sport bike racing which employs modified production motorcycles, motorbikes must have a four-stroke engine of between 400 and 600cc for four-cylinder machines, and between 600 and 750 cc for twins. There are many tight regulations and provisions with this type of racing.

Next, is endurance racing. The aim of this type of racing is to examine and test the durability of equipment and endurance of the riders. Set up either to cover a set distance in laps as in a time frame or to cover as much distance as possible in the fastest time. This is very demanding on the racer but high with adrenaline

Motocross is another popular type. This is off road, bikes on closed circuits. The circuits come in a variety of forms such as mud and grass and involve elevation levels. Jumps are often included in which bikes are able to become airborne. At the start line are many racers, about 40 riders on average. The first to cross the finish line is automatic winner. There are a wide variety of classifications and grouping based on machine displacement in Motocross.

The final type to be mentioned here is super cross racing. This is indoor motocross, and often more technical. Taking place in a stadium or arena it involves various difficult jumps. It is incredibly popular in the United States but less so in Eurpoe, where Motocross dominates. - order track days events across the world today.


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