Moto Grand Prix (Moto GP Races) is the world championship in ring racing, organized in 1949 by the International Federation of Motorcycle Sport (FIM). Moto GP racers are, as a rule, already experienced athletes who spend on the “ring” not the first season. Sometimes new ones join them. From 18 to 35 people participate in each stage. In Moto2, their number is about 25 people, if the third category, it happens that up to 35 people participate in the race. The championship is attended by specially prepared motorcycles, which are made directly to participate in the Moto GP. These cars are practically inaccessible to the usual (“civil”) buyer and are not used in urban conditions on public roads. There are different stages of the races such as German MotoGP, Argentina MotoGP and so on.

Grand Prix of the Czech Republic: moto-class

MotoGP is one of the main motor sporting tournaments of the planet, and the Czech Grand Prix is ​​the jewel of the entire motorcycle season. The race is held on the famous Automotodrom Brno highway, which bears the name of the first Czechoslovak president, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk. This picturesque track, located in the heart of the national park and twice recognized as the best in the MotoGP series calendar, was opened in 1930 near Kohutovice near Brno. The most successful racers of the Masaryk circuit are Italians Max Biaggi and Valentino Rossi, who have won seven victories each. The Czech pilots in the entire history of the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic managed only once to climb the podium, when in 2007 the third place in the 125 cm3 category was taken by Lukas Peshek. In the most prestigious MotoGP category, the best Czech result is Karel Abraham дев ninth place he won in 2012.

Current position in the championship

The current season of MotoGP is traditionally unpredictable. Yes, in order to count on winning the world champion title, you need to be one of six riders of the factory team, but at the separate stage each pilot can win. This thesis more than confidently confirms the results of last year, when the record for the number of winners was broken. The trend is confirmed in the 2017th year – in nine the first place was taken by five different racers.

The best members of the Yamaha Factory Racing team are the Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi. The “Blue Brigade” is currently the best combat unit of MotoGP and is ranked first in the team standings. Their main competitors from the Repsol Honda Team in the first half of the season were not stable. From stage to stage it was almost impossible to predict how the team will perform. Nevertheless, both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are located at the top of the personal offset: Mark is still in the lead, and Dani is in fifth place. The last member of the “big three” – Ducati Desmosedici GP – managed to make a motorcycle as competitive as its Japanese rivals. Undoubtedly, it allows you to fight for the highest places in the champion race, but in fact the Italians lose the competition. This is due to the “age-old problem” Desmosedici with a slow turning, which was confirmed by one of the riders Andrea Dovizioso. After winning a fight with Cal Cráchlou for fourth place in France, Andrea told reporters: he drove under the flag, with pain in his hands. But the pilot did not even fight for the prizes.

Grand Prix of France: history of the stage and features of the route

Le Mans, the slowly-advanced, complex configuration with many pins, remains the permanent venue of the French MotoGP stage since 2000, while France has been taking Grand Prix motor racing since the early 50’s of the last century. During the long history of the French stage – from the time of the first race in Albi in 1951 – the championship saw a lot of motor racing in this country. In total, there were seven, and their geography covers almost the entire country.

Between 1959 and 1967, the race was conducted on the routes Clermont-Ferrand and Rouen, but before the Le Mans, the championship first arrived in 1969. Since then, the track has repeatedly been the venue for weekends with the Paul Ricard track in Le Castelle, which was added to the calendar for the first time in 1973. The twice Grand Prix was held at the Polyam Armagnac Motor Show in Nogaro in 1978 and 1982, and once in 1992 at Magny-Cours.

In 1991, in France, the only time was two stages. The first was in Le Mans – Grand Prix Vites du Man, who replaced the canceled stage in Brazil, and the second was the Grand Prix of France on Paul Ricard. For all the years of Le Mans presence in the Grand Prix, there is a dark history. In 1995, racer of Spanish MotoGP Alberto Puc, who before that became the first Spaniard to win his home race in the classroom of 500 cubic meters. cm, tried to win pole, but mistaken and fell. The fall ended in a severe blow first in the asphalt, and then in the barrier to which the rider flew over inertia. As a result, Alberto severely damaged his left leg. After this incident, the organizers refused to conduct further races here. Le Mans again became part of the Grand Prix in 2000 after significant changes that increased the safety of riders, and no longer withdrawn from the schedule of the championship. Beginning in 2000, the race track in Le Mans has become a permanent place for the French stage of royal motor racing.

Qatar MotoGP Races

Since 2007, Qatar has opened the season of the world’s most prestigious motorcycle championship. The departure in Qatar differs from all other stages of the calendar by the fact that all races pass in the evening under the spotlights of the Loseil Route. The Loseil International Racecourse is a race track that is located near the city of Doha, the capital of Qatar. The track was built for only one year by 1 000 builders. Its construction cost was $ 58 million. The length of the track is 5.4 km, and the starting line is more than 1 kilometer and is 1,068 meters. This has become possible thanks to Pramac generators, which have been supplying 3,600 light-pipe fittings for 11 years, producing around 11 mW of electric power and providing adequate lighting for all riders who compete on the road. All 44 generators with a power of 330 kVA each are protected by noise cancellation enclosures, an automatic control panel with a remote control GPRS module and air filters with sand traps that can provide work even during a sandstorm.

Until last year it was believed that sand and dirt on the highway could be the only problem for riders. But it turned out that rains in the desert could prevent the rains. Last year, for the first time in the history of the race during the two days of the first weekend of the season, riders traveled in the rain. In a place where they are said to never boil, it looked like a joke of fate.

Victories at the Grand Prix of San Marino

San Marinese MotoGP is not the youngest, but also not the oldest. The Grand Prix appeared in 1981 and with small breaks was present in the championship until the early 90’s, and then the idea of ​​an additional Italian MotoGP stage was put on the regiment for a long time until they got there from 2007. Since then, the race is present in the championship constantly. From the classic MotoGP racing grounds this features a few features. First, despite the name, in the Republic of San Marino no Grand Prix was held or held. All the races were trips to the usual Italian routes – Mugello, Imola and Mizano, so that the additional race required a different name than the Grand Prix of Italy (which until 1991 was named as the Grand Prix of Nations). As the micro-state is located next door, in the new name it was decided to send him a reference. Since 2007, the Grand Prix of San Marino and the Rimini Coast is being held at the Mizano Ring named after Marco Simoncelli, so nowadays the race is tightly associated with this place. On the other hand, if we take the entire history of the stage, then it is more of a “national team of Italy”: at the time of its incorporation in 1981, both Mizano, Mugello and Imola at one time already accepted the Italian Grand Prix, so that initially there was no “original” Sanmarine track, and Mizano has become so far not at once. Between 1981 and 1984, Imola and Mugello changed each other a couple of times, after which Dino Ferrari (Imola) was eliminated from the calendar due to criticism of his safety level pilots.

Wins at the Grand Prix of Australia

The Australian MotoGP stage appeared in the championship in fact thanks to one man – Wayne Gardner, the champion of the season of 1987. His successes in the second half of the 80’s attracted much attention of motorcyclist fans, especially Australians, who had never before had their own hero in the Grand Prix premier class. In the meantime, the neighboring New Zealand put in different years put several strong riders in the championship, such as Ginjeer Molloy and Graham Crosby. The first race took place in 1989 on the Phillip Island ring, which is located in Victoria, in the southwestern part of Australia, near the city of Melbourne. Since then, the “countries of the OZ” stage has not disappeared anywhere, and has been taking every championship since the 89th. There are several racecourses on the continent that are suitable for motorcycle racing, but Grand Prix has only two places – except Phillip Island, it’s the East Coast Creek, where MotoGP was brought in 1991-1996 (it is located to the north, in the surroundings Sydney). Today, the track is known as the Sydney Motorsport Park, and it temporarily replaced the original site due to the fact that the government of Victoria in the early 90’s banned the advertisement of alcohol and tobacco. The organizers moved the Grand Prix to the neighboring state of New South Wales, and returned back when they found other reliable sponsors for Phillip Island. Phillip Island is a ring that exists out of time. Its configuration at the time of 2016 is almost entirely consistent with what was originally at the time of 1956. The track has seen a lot of asphalt lanes, reconstructions of service tracks and access roads, but the only thing that has changed on the ring itself is a Honda stud, which earlier (before 1989, under the name of Repco) deployed deeper into the territory of the racing complex. On the track there are three nominal turns in honor of the Australian champions – start-finish straight Gardner, the first turn of the Duan and the third turn of Stouner. Former Eastern Creek is a much younger racing area that has been racing since the early 90’s. The track hosted six Grand Prix. Like its relative from Victoria, the East Crick also did not nearly change, as only one bunch of turns was reconstructed on it in 2012.

Was Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix the best in MotoGP history?

There were all in this race: four extra-class athletes on motorcycles of three different brands fought for victory, the audience saw numerous shift positions, stunning overtaking and unpredictable outcry, in which it was impossible to predict the winner in a few turns to the finish. And this is not counting gulls.

Australian Grand Prix

For many, the brilliant battle of Mark Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Jannone and Valentino Rossi has become the best in the last few years. But the riders themselves after the finish line noted that this time they had to be very difficult. Marquez began the decisive circle third. And after his 50th victory finish, the Spaniard said that sometimes I would like to go back to Moto3, because there is always such a bright struggle there to the last round. According to him, in MotoGP this happens rarely. “This race has become one of the best in my career at MotoGP, and to win an anniversary victory in it – something very special,” Mark said.

Lorenzo, who failed to defeat, though upset, but also noted the beauty of the battle at Philippe Island. “In the last rounds, in the struggle with Mark, it was difficult for me to maintain the necessary pace. All this reminded me of the old battles in the 125-cube class, when I completely laid out on the last circles,” Jorge said. – For everyone who watched the race, she probably became the best this year.” Of course, the Australian thriller will be remembered for fans for a long time. But still, is it possible to call this stage the best in the 13-year history of MotoGP on the current technology, replacing motorcycles with two-stroke engines?

What makes the race bright and memorable?

So, what factors make it possible to name one or another race magnificent? It’s  the proximity of rivals to the finish. Marquez and Lorenzo in Australia shared only 0.249 seconds. According to the championship’s standards there is not much, because at the start of the season Andrea Doviciozos behind Rossi in 0.174 seconds. One can recall the last year’s race at Mugello. There Marques ahead of Lorenzo in 0.121 seconds. But if you resurrect Silverstone 2013, then the difference between these two racers was 0.081 seconds in favor of Jorge. But the last two examples can be discarded, since only two riders competed for the first place in the first place, while there were four in Phillip Island, just like before in Qatar. But it’s enough to go back to the story to see that in 2006, at the Mugello, six riders competed for victory, although in that race Rossi won with a relatively comfortable advantage of 0.575 seconds.

In general, if we consider the criterion only the density of the struggle at the finish line, one can’t help but recall the 2005 race in Jerez and the arrival of Laguna Seche three years later. Both presented a bright duel between two racers throughout the entire distance. One of them both was Rossi, and his opponents acted respectively Sete Gibernau and Casey Stoner. In both cases, the Doctor celebrated the victory. Perhaps the race in Phillip Island in 2015 began to be called one of the most spectacular in recent years, also because its results had a serious impact on the struggle in the championship? Not as serious as it may seem. History knows even more a unique case.

In Portugal in 2006, the results turned out to be amazing. In this race Tony Elias has outstripped Valentino Rossi in just 0.002 seconds! This is generally the minimum gap that has ever been recorded in the MotoGP. At the same time, Rossi overtook the third Kenny Roberts Jr. by 0.174 seconds. But even this was not the main result.