History of Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing

Grand prix motorcycle racing is the oldest amongst all motorsports in the World championship. Even the formation of the group too has a story which laid the foundation of it. Since the early 1900’s motorcycle grand prix were initiated in many countries round the globe. But in the year 1938 the FICM (Fédération Internationale des Clubs Motocyclistes), proclaimed a European championship. Nonetheless due to many intricacies FICM changed into FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme). Due the start of the Second World War completely interrupted the beginning of the motor sport. However, few years after the end of the war, FICM started thinking seriously about the international series of motorsport.

The first championship dates back to 1949, when Grand Prix Racing had four solo categories. However the norm started changing as the motorbike industry across the world started mushrooming and they started participating in the motor sport. Before the sixties it was mainly the Italian manufacturers who used to participate in the motorsports. Manufacturers such as Mondial, MV Agusta, Gilera were the fierce competitors. MV Agusta took away many titles before the sixties.

As the sixties came, various Japanese motorbike manufacturers started participating in present-day Moto GP racing. Manufacturers like Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki entered in the competition. With the entrance of the Japanese manufacturers in the grand prix, the scenario changed quite a lot. They started gaining momentum and win various accolades in different categories. With the competition in full pace, numerous riders were also coming into the limelight. But during this time when the companies realized the increasing costs of participation and related costs associated with the racing, many of the Japanese firm had quit, except Yamaha by the end of the decade. It was when FIM introduced some of the new rules to limit the number of bikes in the specific categories.

Due to the escalating costs in the Motor racing, Honda took their step back but returned to world championship almost after a decade changing their technology and philosophy to win Grand Prix. In the 80’s and 90’s Grand Prix saw some of the amazing racing in all the categories which also represented some stern competition between Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki.

However in this decade FIM has brought about several changes in the rules and norms for the competition. During the year 2008 and 2009 there were many financial crises which leads to bring about all the changes in the Grand Prix motor sport to cut down the emerging costs which includes bringing changes in the categories of sport, reducing Friday practice sessions, banning active suspension, reducing testing sessions and a few more.


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