Motorcycle sport / Grand Prix motorcycle racing: Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is the premier championship of motorcycle road racing. It is divided into three classes: 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP. Participants in the 125cc class use a two-stroke engine while those in the Moto2 and MotoGP use four-stroke engines. In 2010 the 250cc two-stroke was replaced by the new Moto2 600cc four-stroke class. Grand Prix motorcycles are purpose-built racing machines that are neither available for purchase by the general public nor can be ridden legally on public roads. This contrasts with the various production categories of racing, such as the Superbike World Championship, that feature modified versions of road-going motorcycles available to the public. -------------------------------------------------- 2012 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season: The 2012 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season will be the 64th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season. Casey Stoner will start the season as the defending World Champion, while Moto2 champion Stefan Bradl will join the MotoGP grid and 125cc champion Nicolás Terol will enter Moto2. Honda is the defending Manufacturers' Champion.
This weekend sees the MotoGP™ grid descend once again on the Silverstone circuit to fight it out for top honours at the Hertz British Grand Prix, where Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo will be looking to extend his 20 point lead over rival Casey Stoner.
The Ducati Team took advantage of a beautiful, sunny day to complete a busy test schedule at the Spanish Aragon circuit yesterday. Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden worked hard, riding from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Last weekend at the Misano World Circuit, the new logo linking the Romagna circuit to the late Marco Simoncelli was unveiled. The logo was introduced at a press conference, in which Paolo Simoncelli, Marco’s father, was also present.
The Yamaha Factory Racing team wrapped up a successful one-day test at the Motorland Aragón circuit yesterday. Riders Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo spent the sessions re-confirming areas tested in Monday’s Catalunya test.
Fresh from his first podium for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in Sunday's Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, Andrea Dovizioso topped the timesheets at the end of a productive test session at the Montmeló circuit yesterday.