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Live MotoGP Schedule
Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar
Losail Circuit. 6–8 April 2012
Gran Premio bwin de España
Jerez. 27–29 April 2012
Grande Prémio de Portugal Circuito Estoril
Estoril Circuit. 4–6 May 2012
Monster Energy Grand Prix de France
Le Mans. 18–20 May 2012
Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya
Circuit de Catalunya. 1–3 June 2012
Hertz British Grand Prix
Silverstone. 15–17 June 2012
Iveco TT Assen
Assen. 28–30 June 2012
eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland
Sachsenring. 6–8 July 2012
Gran Premio d’Italia TIM
Mugello. 13–15 July 2012
Red Bull US Grand Prix
Mazda Raceway. 27–29 July 2012
Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix
Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 17–19 August 2012
bwin Grand Prix Ceske republiky
Automotodrom Brno. 24–26 August 2012
GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini
Misano World Circuit. 14–16 September 2012
Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón
Motorland Aragon. 28–30 September 2012
AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan
Motegi. 12–14 October 2012
Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix
Sepang Circuit. 19–21 October 2012
AirAsia Australian Grand Prix
Phillip Island. 26–28 October 2012
Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana
Comunitat Valenciana. 9–11 November 2012
Consisting of eighteen races across 14 countries, MotoGP is the premier motorcycle racing World Championship. The world’s most skilled riders compete in competitive Grand Prix events, riding bikes manufactured by Ducati, Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki.
With regards to what the Grand Prix events consists of, it is a three day event. Like Formula One, the first two days are for practice and qualifying. Then the third day is race day. Normally the 125cc contest begins proceedings, with the Moto2 class next and then finallyevent everyone has been waiting for – MotoGP event.
The Grand Prix weekend’s are big occasions in the motorsport calendar and they consist of three categories:
- This is where the best talent in motorcycle racing meet. The maximum engine capacity is the much larger 1000cc. You must be 18 to compete.
- Moto2 is seen as one step below MotoGP and is much more cost affective. Honda is the sole engine supplier, and Dunlop provide the tyres. The bikes are powered by a 600cc 4-stroke engine, with Honda as the only engine supplier. Dunlop are the manufacturers of the tyres. As with the above, the minimum age is 16 to compete.
- This is the first step for young riders into competitive competition. The 250cc 4-stroke engine is the maximum engine size, whereas the maximum age for riders is 28 years. You can be as young as 16 to compete.
Motorcycle Grand Prix Key Moments
MotoGP has a rich history with a number of key dates contributing to where it finds itself today. Below are some of the significant events in its history.
- MotoGP is more popular than ever with 2.2 million people entering arenas across the world to watch one of the famous Grand Prix events.
- The rules were altered again five years later with the engine capacity limited to 800cc.
- Previously named 500cc, new technical regulations were introduced to allow four-stroke machinery and an engine capacity of 990cc. It then became MotoGP.
- Established as a World Championship.