The MOTOGP test stands for Motorcycle Oil Pressure and Gauge. It is a specification used in order to demonstrate to the authorities the level of pressure that is exerted on the engine of a motorbike. This is a legal requirement in order to make sure that the bike can remain under its warranty, which typically is for twelve months or more. Failure to comply with this test could result in the cancellation of the bike’s warranty.
Grand Prix motorcycle racing is the premiere category of motorcycle road race events held at various road tracks worldwide sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Auto Motorcycle. As the name suggests, the Grand Prix class features a variety of different bikes in a short space of time for a close competition. The top teams usually consist of four-wheelers and are led by the leading driver, who is generally the country’s best or at least the national hero. Each race is separated into several classes, and the class in which a bike finished during the championship is its own class. In addition, there are other minor categories such as Superpit classes and the other classes mentioned below.
The MOT certificate is given by a qualified motorcyclist who has completed the motorcycle driving course, and who has passed all the motorcycle safety tests. Each class of the MOT has its own set of criteria, which includes the minimum safe distance to travel during a corner turn, minimum speed, maximum fuel consumption during a race, braking system effectiveness, tyre wear and tear, emission efficiency and reliability. Each of these categories are based on the performance of each motorcycle in its respective class in a certain category of the Grand Prix. For example, the main category for bikes with engines less than 1.6 litres involves those motorcycles that have lower power than the other main categories but, which still enjoy high speeds during the race. In the Superpit class, on the other hand, there are superb models of motorbikes with higher power levels and high-speed capabilities, which become a real danger for the competitors during the race.
The Italian Motorcycle Superbike Racing Association (ISMA) says that the MOT test can be really hard. To become a valid candidate for the MOT, the owner of the motorcycle needs to show that he or she has been taking all the required measures to reduce risk. These include taking off any helmet, and taking off any seat covers. It is advisable to take your helmets off before the race starts, because the stewards may not let you start if you are wearing a helmet.
The Italian Superbike Racing Association claims that there are nearly two million motorcycles in Italy competing in the motorbike races. These statistics were confirmed in 2021 when the last year’s World Cup was held in Italy. Out of the almost two million motorcycles that took part in the races, over one hundred and twenty-five people were killed. Of these, nearly one hundred and twenty were riders. Of course this is just a small number compared to the nearly five thousand who were injured.
As for why there is a limit to how high a superbike can reach, the official reasoning is that it would be dangerous for the motorbike and for other drivers on the road. Superbikes are typically much faster than regular motorcycles and therefore more dangerous when they hit the roads. The top classes go past seven hundred thousand pounds, and they must prove their age to reach such a title. If a superbike is registered with the CC, it cannot exceed seven hundred thousand pounds, which is about seventy percent of the overall weight of the bike.