MotoGP is a global motorcycle championship that was established in 1949 by Federation Internationale De Motorcyclisme (FIM). The 18-race series runs across four continents and fourteen countries, with a pan-global media coverage. For the time it has been around, it has featured riders from only ten countries passed to have prototype machinery and cutting-edge technology. Suzuki, Yamaha, Aprilia, Honda, and Ducati are so far the only five manufacturers to have their machineries feature in the MotoGP. To know more, here are some facts and figures about MotoGP bikes you should know.
The engine used in MotoGP ought to be 4-stroke, not exceeding 1000cc. Other than that, they are also not permitted to be turbo/super charged, or to run on non-standardized cylinders. Only 7 engines are allowed per season per rider; therefore, balancing performances and durability throughout the season is key to ensuring that riders are able to successfully complete the season.
The fastest MotoGP speed ever recorded was 356.4 KM/H, equivalent to 221.5mph set in the 2018 Italian Grand Prix by Andrea Dovizioso. His former teammate and countryman Andrea Lanonne previously had the record set in 2016. Remember you can follow all the MotoGP action and bet with Betway from wherever you are throughout the year.
Factory teams and satellite teams
The difference between factory teams and satellite teams is that the former are managed directly by the parent companies such as Honda and Suzuki, while the latter gets these bikes on lease terms from the manufacturing companies. A factory team enjoys the latest technological advancements available for the bike, while the satellite team is limited in both technology and resources.
It is worth noting; these are no ordinary bikes, but hand-made prototypes strictly meant for racing. To that effect, they are illegal to ride in public roads. In terms of cost, they are built from highly-expensive materials compared to street bikes, for example, carbon fiber, titanium, and magnesium are utilized to aid in the maintenance of strength and at the same time reduce weight considerably.
Items such as front forks are quite costly, with each going for approximately $100,000, easily pushing the individual bike cost to around $2M. Surprisingly, research and development, technology, and the security required in running the bike throughout the season are not included in that cost, meaning that the MotoGP bikes are quite expensive in the long run; nearly priceless.
Another astonishing fact about these racing machines is that they possess fuel tanks that are relatively smaller than ordinary bikes. Given, they are only allowed to use 22 liters of fuel for each race, these tanks are just enough. A single race is a little under or over 120 kilometers long, meaning that the engines must be at their efficient best to utilize 15 liters per 100 kilometers.
Brembo are the top providers of bike brakes in the MotoGP, coming at an estimated cost of 75,000 euros per rider per season. Specially built from carbon, the state-of-the-art braking system is capable of withstanding exceptionally high temperatures throughout a race, and are extremely lightweight. Initially, there were attempts to switch to steel discs during wet conditions, but after the famous Marquez win in Misano in 2017 despite sticking to carbon, more riders have kept their trust in carbon; and to great effect.