There’s no better showcase for a motorcycle manufacturer than the MotoGP. In the highest racing class of FIM Road Racing (the Formula One for two-wheelers), racing engineers test important developments in their prototypes for series production models. And they incorporate their experiences from the racing endurance tests into onroad superbikes.
With top speeds of over 350 km/h (217.48 mph), the MotoGP is one of the fastest motorsport series in the world. It thrills millions of fans all over the world with its high-speed maneuvers. Highly sophisticated technology allows the riders of these MotoGP superbikes to experience their limits.
In the process, the engineers must combine minimal weight with utmost stability. For this they use light aluminum frames, compact motors and chassis, wheels of forged magnesium, carbon brakes, handcrafted carbon fiber casings that have been tested in a wind tunnel, and paints and decals that are likewise thinly applied. At the same time, the bikes have to be extremely easy to handle: the rear suspension alone therefore costs around 6,500 euros.
Yamaha, Honda, Ducati, Suzuki and Aprilia have all been battling it out this year for the MotoGP title since the season kicked off in March. For Austrian motorcycle fans, there will be a real day for celebration: for the first time since 1997, the Austrian Grand Prix is once again on the calendar. It will take place on August 14, 2016 in Spielberg, when the legendary Red Bull Ring will celebrate the return of the World Motorcycle Championship after a 19-year hiatus.