Why MotoGP Is Formula1 On Two Wheels



Why MotoGP Is Formula1 On Two Wheels

The battle between Formula1 and MotoGP as to which racing series is more elite has been a long and passionate fight. Fans, drivers and riders have held MotoGP as an equal rival, and here are some reasons why.

The Talent
Just as Formula 1 attracts the best talent, and is responsible the biggest names in auto racing, MotoGP brings together the best motorcycle racers in the world. Outside of the US of A, where names like Jimmie Johnson sound like a cruel parody of American culture, F1 drivers are the biggest names in racing and even within the states, names like Vettel, Alonso, and Raikkonen are practically synonymous with racing. Likewise, anyone with a passing interest in motorcycles has probably heard of Rossi, Hayden, and Lorenzo. And in case you think the star power is undeserved, think again, MotoGP bikes are the gnarliest of the gnarly in terms of power, performance, and handling.

Why MotoGP Is Formula1 On Two Wheels

The Technology
A MotoGP bike is the most extreme road racing machine on two wheels, bar none. An inline 4 cylinder engine displacing 1000 CCs may sound on paper a lot like your buddy’s liter bike, but these pure-bred race bikes can make over 250 horsepower and weigh around 360 pounds. This adds up to a 0-100 time of around 5 seconds, and in fact, a MotoGP bike’s superior aerodynamics when compared to the high-downforce setup used by most F1 cars, means they hit the highest straightaway speeds of any racing class that doesn’t run solely the quarter mile.

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The Teams
An F1 pit crew is a seriously professional team, and each pit stop can involves 15 or so crew-members who can change four wheels and fuel a car in just a couple of seconds (on a good day like Ferrari did in 2013). While a MotoGP race doesn’t usually have any pit stops – they’re permitted, but unusual – the team still plays a critical role in the race with several mechanics and technicians each with a specific job monitoring telemetry, suspension, or tires.

Why MotoGP Is Formula1 On Two Wheels

The Circuit
MotoGP and Formula 1 both move together from city to city during the race season, and an immense amount of logistics go into transporting crews, machines, and support staff around the world from March to November each year with races taking place every other week. Each organization owns a fleet of private transport planes to ship vehicles and equipment to tracks which aren’t accessible via team trucks on the European continent.

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The Formula
Formula 1 cars are one-offs produced especially for racing, and while a MotoGP bike is a lot closer in form factor to it’s production cousins than an F1 car, the Honda RC213V’s design is just as specialized as that of the Redbull RB10. The rules which dictate the specialized machine’s specifications are called the Formula, and they dictate engine displacement, configuration, and redline, weight, size, and a host of other factors. To prevent cheating, all F1 cars are required to run the same engine control unit and MotoGP similarly requires the use of a standardized ECU from Magnetti Marelli. Contrast this to ‘production-based’ racing classes like World Superbike or even DTM where homologation is required to make a car eligible for competition and it becomes clear why MotoGP really is the F1 of bikes.

All of that and the fans.

  • Oddturkout

    Did you guys start posting high school essays now?

    • MichaelEhrgott

      Hey now. That’s demeaning to High School essays.

  • http://www.2wheelsandamotor.com William Connor

    F1 of bikes yes. Still unfortunately pales in comparison to F1 in terms of money, sponsors, revenue, and fan base. I love the bikes so much more and the racing in my opinion is far more interesting.

  • DragosStefan

    They are not necessarily inline fours. Honda and Ducati are V4.

  • David Campos

    Motogp is Motogp, period. I don’t care about cars.

  • http://badnewsweekly.com/ Chuck Ludwig

    I’m really confused as to what this piece is about.

    • mjc_iv

      This piece is about page views and article counts.

  • Mister X

    Yeah! The New Improved RIDE APART, the Crescent Wrench of motorcycle magazines.

    I miss HFL, but that’s probably just me.

  • Nemosufu Namecheck

    Are you guys going to cover the race in Aug?

  • Richard Findlay

    the motors in MotoGP aren’t inline 4 cylinders, most have a V-4 configuration and the rules dictate the motors can have up to 5 cylinders and a minimum of 2, the moto2 class has all inlines.

    • TechGuy5489

      The M1 is an I4, the RCV13V/Desmo GP14 are V4s. The XRH-1 is supposedly an I4. So there are/will be I4s in MotoGP.

  • BobasBounty

    You know, prior to getting a bike, there really wasn’t any motorsport I cared about. Nascar, F1, rally racing, etc. I just never got into any of them, regardless of my love of cars. Heck, I kind couldn’t have cared less about watching motocross even when I did it.

    After getting a road bike and watching my first motogp race, I was hooked! Not sure if I can explain it, but car racing, regardless of how much skill it requires, doesn’t feel like a real man on man ordeal. Motogp, however, feels like people squeezing every ounce of ability out of crazy bikes and themselves.

    Most car racers never touch the pavement, even in a crash, but GP racers grind their knees (and elbows) on it every race. It is sort of like a comparison of driving to riding. The connection to your surroundings is night and day!

  • Aaron

    At this time, motogp does not require all of teams to run a spec ECU; though it is speculated that a spec ecu will be required in the future and this is one way that Motogp will attempt to make the racing more competitive and bring costs down in the future. The idea is to level the playing field, giving more teams a chance to battle for a podium position and facilitate more passing; such as F1 has done with the advent of DRS and spec ECU. These type of changes have clearly been modeled after F1. I do not know the global viewership numbers, but I would speculate that F1 has done a much better job at marketing the their brand, which is why Dorna is following the lead of the FIA. This is what this story should have been about!

    While I am a fan of both F1 and MotoGP, I do not know if I am any longer a fan of this website! Baxter Ross, in my opinion, not only is this a poorly written article, but you clearly do not watch F1 and it questionable if you actually watch MotoGP. Despite the fact that you may or may not watch either sport; at least you could properly research the topic that you are writing about, and then perhaps you could have a shot at writing at the very least, a half decent article that people may be interested in!

    F1 only changes tires, fueling of the vehicles has not been allowed for several seasons. The pit stop times in F1 are still consistently impressive even though they are only changing four tires; with pit stop times regularly between 2.5 to 4 seconds for all top teams. There is no real comparison to in MotoGP to F1 concerning pit stops, because the only time MotoGP makes a pit stop is to switch to rain tires or off of rain tires, which is why I am confused as to why this comparison was in your article. F1 has to use pit stops and the pit delta times are very much a part of their strategy.

    Furthermore teams do not own their own fleet of planes for transport. F1 has a official logistics partnership with DHL and MotoGP transportation needs are facilitated by working in conjunction with the championship’s official partner, called SEL (sports & events logistics) who have taken care of the oversea transportations for MotoGP teams since 1996.

    In my opinion, your article is horrible because you clearly did not take one-second to research a topic that you are clearly not familiar with, and obviously did not take the time to formulate a proper story line! You simple threw out half truths in uninteresting manor. Baxter Ross, please stop writing for RideApart.There are several more issues with your article. I simple do not care to waste any more of my time correcting you.

  • ebfleming

    Can we have Wes back? This site is dying a slow death.

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    • James

      I rarely read articles now on RA but I find it ironic that almost every article I do read has at least one comment at the bottle asking for Wes to come back.

      I used to read HFL religiously and even RA when Wes was around.

  • Hooligan

    Oh dear oh dear, this is getting embarrasing. So much wrong.

  • Jose Barreira

    “Fashion People” and “Jet7″ ones are more into cars because motorcycles are still a thing… let’s say, for poor people!!!! More and more motorcycles are showing up as a fashion thing and nao it’s also cool to be part of the “electric/save the planet” thing.
    But, no matter what, motorcycle racing is much more racing than F1.

  • Scheffy

    “…a MotoGP bike’s superior aerodynamics…”

    Nope. There’s no comparison between the aerodynamics of an F1 car and a bike. The bike’s higher power-to-weight ratio and smaller frontal area, in addition to the downforce-induced drag on the F1 cars you mentioned, leads to higher trap speeds. But just because wings create drag doesn’t mean they’re inefficient. It just means they’re repurposing airflow for something else (downforce) and that has some unavoidable side effects (drag). With the amount of R&D and wind tunnel testing going into an F1 car, you can bet that those wings are as efficient as they possibly can be based on current knowledge and technology. The flaps on a 787 may create drag, but tell a Boeing engineer it’s because they’re inefficient and poorly designed and you’ll get laughed out of the room.

    On the other hand, motorcycles are notorious for being aerodynamically awful, mainly as a result of all the compromises necessary for the giant monkey crawling around on the back of it. Throw as much tunnel time at it as you want, you’ll only end up with something slightly more aerodynamic than a barn door, and that’s only if you can get the rider to stay compressed. Until regulations again allow dustbin fairings and wheel shrouds again, MotoGP will always be many steps behind F1 when it comes to aero.

    • Charles Quinn

      Yeah, I pretty much gave up on this article when I got to that phrase. I think the fancy fairings on sports bikes give some people the impression of aerodynamic efficiency, but they’re mostly — especially the lower fairings — for directing air into the intake and cooling systems.

  • V Twin

    MGP & F1 Will never reach the mind-distorting heights of the ‘Isle of Man TT’!

  • Harvard J. Nasty, Esq.

    “each pit stop can involves 15 or so crew-members who can change four wheels and fuel a car in just a couple of seconds (on a good day like Ferrari did in 2013).”

    Except that F1 doesn’t allow refueling anymore. Do some research, and then shut down this farce of a site.

  • Menebrio

    I wrote this a while back before the season began. Probably explains a lot better the changes for the casual viewer or new fan. Any comments/inputs welcome.