Motorcycle USA takes a look at the sport of Motorcycle Grand Prix, including its history, machinery, riders and teams. Read the full story at MotoGP: The Zenith of Motorcycle Racing.
- Australian Mick Doohan was part of the golden age of MotoGP racing which saw riders on extremely powerful but difficult to handle V-Four Japanese 2-strokes.
- In addition to Suzuki’s GSV-R having a 75-degree engine configuration, it also uses pneumatically-controlled valves and a twin-spar aluminum frame.
- One of the major stars on the MotoGP circuit is Valentino Rossi (#46), who currently rides for Fiat Yamaha and has won seven 500cc/MotoGP Championships.
- The Rizla Suzuki factory team consists of Loris Capirossi (#65), who is the oldest rider on the circuit at 37, and rookie Alvaro Bautista (#19).
- During the majority of Giacomo Agostini's (#4) reign, MV Agusta used a a 4-stroke Triple before switching to the updated four-cylinder engine.
- Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rookie Ben Spies is new to MotoGP and fresh off his title win in World Superbike in 2009.
- In 1984 American Eddie Lawson won his first of four World Championship titles, his first being with Yamaha.
- The MotoGP series allows only prototype machines which are built for absolute performance and maneuverability. They are the fastest, lightest and most expensive motorcycles in the world.
- Jorge Lorenzo
- Riders like Nicky Hayden (#69) had to adapt in 2007 to engine modifications from 990 to 800cc, which led to higher corner speeds, advanced traction control systems and the evolution of tire technology.
- Valentino Rossi's Yamaha YZR-M1 motorcycle.
- Nicky Hayden currently rides for the Ducati team and is ranked fifth in the 2010 MotoGP World Championship.
- Italy holds two Motorcycle Grand Prix events each season, with one being at the Mugello circuit pictured above.
- The Ducati Desmosedici GP10 machine (above) utilizes a 90-degree V-Four engine layout, which reduces both the length and the width of the engine.