After a decade-long hiatus, the Buddh International Circuit roared back to life, hosting the Indian MotoGP over a thrilling weekend from 22 to 24 September 2023. The 2023 MotoGP season ushered in a new era with the MotoE gaining World Championship status and the introduction of sprint races in all Grand Prix. With the addition of Kazakhstan and India to the roster, MotoGP now captivates fans in 18 different countries, although Kazakhstan faced cancellation this year due to the issues of homologation.
In the realm of motorsports, MotoGP stands unrivalled, offering a unique blend of adrenaline-pumping excitement and the seamless synergy between cutting-edge engineering and skilled riders. From its humble beginnings in 1949, MotoGP has grown into a global phenomenon, transcending the boundaries of a mere motorcycle racing sport.
Over the years, MotoGP has transcended its roots as a motorcycle racing sport to become a pinnacle of technological innovation intertwined with human perseverance, skill, determination, and endurance. The sport has grown exponentially, capturing the hearts of millions of fans worldwide who journey across continents to live the unparalleled racing experience it offers.
MotoGP riders deserve a standing ovation as the penultimate daredevils, showcasing energy and endurance that is a testament to the boundless achievements possible with grit and determination. Racing on specially designed tracks, these riders face the constant threat of crashes or collisions, emphasising the risks inherent in the sport.
As we celebrate the return of MotoGP to the Buddh International Circuit and reflect on the remarkable moments in its history, it’s evident that the passion and dedication of fans mirror the indomitable spirit of the sport itself. Keeping up the momentum, here are some of the remarkable and awe-inspiring facts from the world of MotoGP:
Safety First: FIM Regulations
To mitigate risks, riders don specially designed attire adhering to the rules set by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). Racing suits, helmets, gloves, knee and elbow sliders, back and chest protectors, and boots are meticulously crafted for both safety and comfort.
MotoGP comprises three racing events, each featuring bikes with distinct specifications based on engine capacity and horsepower. In Moto3, racing bikes come equipped with 250cc single-cylinder 4-stroke engines which produce 59bhp, and although this is seemingly a small number, the minimal weight of these bikes translates into strong power-to-weight ratios. In comparison, Moto2 racing bikes are powered by 765cc, inline 3-cylinder engines that put out a much healthier 138bhp. Unmatched in speed, MotoGP bikes boast V4, 4-stroke 1000 cc engines, producing up to a staggering 300 horsepower.
MotoGP bikes are equipped with multiple onboard computers, monitoring and recording diverse technical data about the bike, rider, and the track.
Every MotoGP rider enjoys the privilege of a custom-made bike tailored to their individual preferences and requirements.
In the face of high-speed racing and minimal breaks, riders combat dehydration using helmets equipped with a fluid system, allowing them to drink while advanced ventilation features draw away sweat.
Crafted from kangaroo skin or cowhide, MotoGP race suits provide maximum comfort, anti-abrasive qualities, and freedom of movement in aggressive environments.
MotoGP racers wear soundproof helmets to cut the deafening sound of 125 decibel produced by the racing bikes.
A single MotoGP race demands immense physical endurance, with racers losing around 4 kilograms of body weight and 2 litres of sweat, equivalent to three hours of intense workout.
The astounding fact that the length of the tire touching the ground while taking a turn is as tiny as a small coin underscores the precision required in MotoGP racing.
The highest speed ever reached in MotoGP stands at an awe-inspiring 217 mph.
Gear changes occur in a lightning-fast 0.0009 seconds, with racers shifting gears between 500 to 800 times in a single race.
Valentino Rossi’s Legacy
Valentino Rossi, with 79 career wins, stands as the most successful MotoGP rider, etching his name in the annals of motorcycle racing history.
Sibling Supremacy: A Unique MotoGP Feat
In the rich history of MotoGP, Marc Marquez and Alex Marquez stand as the only brothers to achieve the remarkable feat of winning a Grand Prix in the same year.
The global allure of MotoGP transcends boundaries, uniting enthusiasts in a shared experience of exhilaration. Devoted fans eagerly track their favourite riders, and each Grand Prix race, with its colossal scale and prestige, serves as a testament to the unwavering love of MotoGP fans, sustaining a thrilling journey that captivates audiences across the globe.
During the MotoGP event at the Buddh International Circuit in India, we encountered a diverse array of fans, from excited boys and girls to enthusiastic men and women, from cities such as Chennai, Goa, Pune, and Hyderabad. Their presence bore witness to the magnetic allure of this motorsport. The footfall over the race weekend surpassed a staggering 100,000, reflecting the widespread appeal and passion for this high-octane event.
The anticipation for the next edition at BIC is palpable; as we eagerly await the moment when the engines roar and the atmosphere crackles with excitement, and the circuit once again buzzes with the electrifying energy of MotoGP 2024.