What is MotoGP?

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The first-ever MotoGP Bharat Grand Prix is set to take place at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

About MotoGP:

  • The MotoGP, or Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing, is the premier motorcycle championship in the world.
  • It is the oldest motorsport championship in the world, with the first-ever annual competition being held in 1949.
  • The governing body for MotoGP is the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).
  • Races:
    • It is a non-stop race from start to finish without any pit stops.
    • Each race lasts between 40 and 45 minutes over a distance of between 100 and 130 km, depending on the circuit. 
  • Engine Capacity:
    • Earlier labelled to the “500cc” category onlyin 2002, this oldest motorcycle championship underwent a change and increased the engine capacity to 990cc. 
    • Again in 2007, the rules were altered, limiting the engine capacity to 800cc, which was again changed to 1000cc in 2012.
  • The championship sees multiple races around the world with a season that goes from March until November.
  • The championship is run on Points basisPoints are won by each Rider (finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd till the 15th position) and each Team (Team Championship) and Constructor (Constructors’ Championship).


Key Facts about MotoGP 2023:

  • The 2023 season has 11 teams and 22 riders - two riders from each team.
  • This season has 21 Grand Prix races in 2023 around the world.  One of these locations this season is India.
  • Where is the Moto GP race in India?
    • Moto GP Bharat this year will be hosted at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
    • It is a five-kilometre-long track with a width of 12 metres. 
    • This track has 16 corners, 8 being left-hand corners and 8 being right-hand corners.
    • The longest straight on this track is 1006 metres.


Q1) What is the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM)?

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is the international governing body for motorcycle sports and motorcycling activities worldwide. It is responsible for overseeing and regulating various motorcycle racing disciplines, setting technical standards and safety guidelines, organizing international competitions, and promoting motorcycling as a sport and a means of recreation. The FIM is recognized as the highest authority in motorcycle racing and related activities.

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