The Moto GP motorcycle racing season is in full swing, and with it comes excitement about the sport’s presence in the United States.
It’s no secret that motorcycle racing has a growing fan base in America. As people continue to flock to races like the Daytona 200 and the Moto GP at Laguna Seca, a new tradition of motorcycle racing is being built here in the U.S.
But how did this all begin? Today we’ll take a look at the history of Moto GP in America, and how it became so popular.
The MotoGP racing series has been a worldwide phenomenon since its inception in 1949. The series of annual motorcycle races is watched by millions and the top racers are considered celebrities. Despite all this, MotoGP racing has never really caught on in the United States. That may be about to change.
Americans love motorcycle racing, but that racing tends to take place off-road and is dominated by American riders and manufacturers like Harley-Davidson and Indian. The MotoGP series is known for its road courses and international stars, making it a somewhat foreign spectacle for Americans who haven’t been introduced to it. But thanks to some recent efforts by Dorna Sports, the Spanish company that owns and operates MotoGP, more people in the U.S. are starting to pay attention.
Dorna Sports has embarked on a campaign to bring Grand Prix motorcycle racing into the American mainstream through television programming, marketing partnerships and race organization. American fans now have better access than ever before to watch races live or on TV when they air on Fox Sports at later dates. In addition to these efforts, Dorna has organized two races in the U.S., one at Laguna Seca in California in 2013 and another at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas in 2013 and
Moto GP is the pinnacle of motorcycle road racing, and it has a following that rivals Formula One. For years, the U.S. fans have clamored for Moto GP to come to America, and in 2013, it finally did. The race — held at Austin, Texas’ Circuit of the Americas — was a huge success and created all sorts of buzz among motorcycle fans across the nation. Here’s what you need to know about Moto GP.
History of Moto GP
Moto GP began in 1949 as the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix, or Grand Prix World Championship for short. That got shortened to the familiar “Grand Prix,” but since 2002 it’s been called MotoGP because it’s contested by motorcycles, not cars. For many years, there were many different classes of competition: 125cc, 250cc, 350cc, 500cc and now Moto3 (250cc four-stroke), Moto2 (600cc four-stroke) and MotoGP (1,000cc four-stroke).
People like to watch other people do interesting things, especially if they can’t do them themselves. This is why Moto GP is so popular in the United States. It’s a unique sport that most Americans will never have the opportunity to participate in. People who are not familiar with motorcycles still find it entertaining to watch these professional riders push their limits on the track.
Motorcycle racing has been around for a long time, but it didn’t really come into its own until the early 1900s when there was an explosion of motorcycle manufacturers and racing teams trying to prove their bikes were better than the competition. The sport grew rapidly over the next couple decades as new technology allowed for faster, more powerful engines that could go around corners at higher speeds than ever before.
The first Moto GP race was held in 1949 with just five riders competing for one day of racing at Silverstone Circuit near London. By 1955 there were 100 races held throughout Europe and America each year, making it one of the largest sports leagues by revenue (even bigger than Formula One). Moto GP has become a global phenomenon since then with races taking place all over the world including some countries where motorsports aren’t typically popular like Japan or China where there isn’t enough room for large tracks due to urbanization but still have
The MotoGrandPrix of the Americas is the first of 18 races in the 2017 MotoGP Championship. The 3 day event will be held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Since the beginning of time man has been fascinated with competition. In ancient Rome spectators flocked to arenas to watch gladiators fight one another. Although the gladiators fought to the death, the sport was still considered entertainment. Today, we have a different form of entertainment. Moto GP, or Grand Prix motorcycle racing, is a very popular sport in Europe and Asia, but its roots are in America.