There’s a bit more to moto racing, bike racing, or motorcycling, or whatever one wants to call it. It’s not just about hoping on a two-wheeled, internal combustion-powered engine and driving as quickly as possible. There’s a seemingly endless array of sub-genres of racing, ranging from endurance rallies, to short hill climbs, to races that focus on hand-made motorcycles for petrol head enthusiasts. Here, however we’re taking a quick look at road racing:
For anyone who loves the mechanics of racing, endurance racing is probably one of the most fascinating genres of motor racing. There are usually two types of race, the kind that focus on who quickly a team can drive and the sort that focus on how far a team can drive in a given event. Unlike other types of racing it’s common for their to be more than one driver and teams are allowed to switch drivers so the machines can journey father and faster. The main aim is the durability of the equipment.
Not surprisingly the first races were performed on normal roads and streets in and around towns, back when traffic laws were more lax or non-existent owing to a lack of motor vehicles on the road. These races took place on public roads that were closed for special events. Because of the great speed at which bikes compete nowadays and potential hazard to the surrounding environments these road races are less common than they once were, but do still take place, with the most famous event arguably being the Isle of Man TT
Despite the popularity of road and endurance races it’s easy to say that Grand Prix is the most popular event. It has the highest number of spectators, the most bets are placed on it, and it’s very much a family-viewing event. Within grand prix racing there are the three subcategories of Moto3, Moto2, and MotoGP, listed here in order of weakest (250cc) to most power (1000cc). Notably, the motorcycles raced here are purpose-built for the races and often serve later as prototypes or templates for production vehicles after being tested on the rigours of the racetrack.
Superbikes are the the cousin on Grand Prix bikes. Unlike Grand Prix racing these bikes are required to be production bikes (ie, available to the public). That is to say, that they need to bear every superficial resemblances to production vehicles, but unsurprisingly, the engines have been modified to enhance speed and performance.
There are literally scores more types of motorbike racing events that might best be considered having a niche appeal, but if you’re interested in the sport or are keen on getting involved as a spectator, then check out any of these categories of bike racing and enjoy!
The NFL’s top passer, Ben Roethlisberger (720 yards, 4 TDs), and second-leading rusher, DeAngelo Williams (204 yards, 3 TDs), will be on display when the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) play the St. Louis Rams (1-1). The Rams and Steelers each have a 1-1 record this season. The game starts at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep 27 and can be seen on CBS.
St. Louis lost to Washington 24-10 last week. Alec Ogletree led the way for the St. Louis defense in the loss, registering eight tackles. Pittsburgh is hoping for a similar result as last week when they won easily over San Francisco 43-18. Antonio Brown had an outstanding performance for the Steelers, totaling nine catches for 195 yards. Ben Roethlisberger also had a big game with 369 yards and three TDs through the air.
The Rams are small underdogs with Pittsburgh favored by one in the game. For this contest, the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 47 points.
The Rams enter the game with both records currently 1-1 Straight Up (SU) and Against The Spread (ATS) this season. The Rams start the second half quickly. St. Louis averages 12 points during that period, more than any other team in the league.
Across the field, the Steelers have 1-1 SU and 1-0-1 ATS records this season. Offensively, they average 32.0 points per game, which is good for third in the league. Pittsburgh can plan on throwing the ball regularly. Offenses have picked apart the pass defense of the Rams, who allow a completion percentage of 80.9%, 31st in the league. The Steelers have a top-five defense that gives up 23.0 points per game. Stopping the run doesn’t have to be Pittsburgh’s first priority since the Rams aren’t putting up excellent numbers in the backfield. St. Louis ranks 27th in the league with a rushing average of 71.5 yards per game. The Steelers need to capitalize on forced fumbles against the often careless Rams, who rank 26th in the league in fumbles lost with 1.5 per game. The Steelers thrive in late-game situations, averaging 12 points in the final quarter.
Predictions: SU Winner – Pit, ATS Winner – Pit, O/U – Under
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games.
Pittsburgh is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games on the road.
Pittsburgh is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road.
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games when playing St. Louis.
St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh.
Both teams are 1-0 SU when carrying a lead into the fourth quarter.
Pittsburgh is rated higher in the ground game on both sides of the ball. Its 18th-ranked rushing attack will face the 30th-ranked run defense of St. Louis, while its 12th-ranked run defense will look to contain the 27th-ranked rushing game of the Rams.
St. Louis has given up 27.5 points per contest this year, which is ranked 14th in the league. Pittsburgh has scored 32.0 points per contest this year, ranked third overall.
Motorcycle Racing Betting
Motorcycle racing betting is available at online sportsbooks with action beginning in March and continuing into November. Moto GP is the highest class of motorcycle racing and it is the one that gets the bulk of the action in terms of betting. Moto GP has an 18-race season that begins in March and concludes in November. There are about 13 teams that have riders in Moto GP but similar to what is found in Formula One racing, there are only a few teams that realistically have a chance to win each week. There are 7 constructors, but again only a select few have a good chance to win each week. Those are Yamaha, Honda and Ducati. Suzuki is back in Moto GP after being out of the sport for four years so it may not be long before they are competitive with the top three.
Moto CP Betting
There are some different options available with motorcycle racing betting. Gamblers can bet on the individual race winners, who will finish on the podium, and the overall Riders World Championship. There are also prop bets available on some of the races such as which rider will lead the most laps, how many riders will retire, etc. The wagers in motorcycle racing betting are similar to other sports where you have odds to win the race with riders listed from even money up to 100-1 or more. You may also have odds on which constructor will win the race just like you see in Formula One. There may also be head-to-head rider matchups with a favorite and an underdog and with matchups you just need your rider to finish in front of the other rider to win your bet.
The podium bet is another option in Moto CP betting where you pick a rider to finish in the top 3 of a race. The odds on these bets are normally pretty steep since only a select group of riders have a realistic chance to finish in the top three each week. Most of the time there will only be a few riders that win during a Moto GP season. In 2012 there were just three riders who won during the 18 race season. There were only 7 riders that season that finished on the podium.
Motorcycle Racing Betting Futures
You can bet on which rider you think will win the World Championship before the season begins and some sportsbooks will keep the odds up throughout the season. Most of the time there are only three or four riders who realistically can win so the odds are relatively low.
Moto CP Handicapping
There are many sites that offer handicapping motorcycling racing and offer a variety of free sports picks. If you are looking to do the work yourself, when it comes to handicapping motorcycle racing betting there are a few things to look at. The first thing to consider is who are the top drivers and limit your bets to the main contenders. Next, similar to what you find in auto racing, there are certain riders who have great success at a particular track. Some riders are better on tight tracks while other riders like tracks with long straights. Checking out the race history is very important when betting Moto GP races.
2015 Moto Grand Prix Schedule
Round Date Grand Prix
1 29 March Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar
2 12 April Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas
3 19 April Gran Premio Red Bull de la República Argentina
4 3 May Gran Premio bwin de España
5 17 May Monster Energy Grand Prix de France
6 31 May Gran Premio d’Italia TIM
7 14 June Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya
8 27 June Motul TT Assen
9 12 July GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland
10 9 August Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix
11 16 August bwin Grand Prix České republiky
12 30 August Octo British Grand Prix
13 13 Sept. Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera
14 27 Sept. Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón
15 11 October Motul Grand Prix of Japan
16 18 October Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
17 25 October Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix
18 8 November Gran Premio Motul de la
Siena, November 23 rd 2007 – Today, Pramac S.p.A. and Palermo football team have reached an agreement by which Pramac will be the “Main Sponsor” of Palermo football team. The agreement, that will be finalized in the next days, will start from November 25th 2007 and will last for the whole football championship 2007-2008, with the possibility for Pramac to extend the sponsorship for the next championship season.
Thanks to the agreement, Pramac could use the image of Palermo football team for promotional purpose.Pramac could put its own logo on the shirt and on the other technical clothing articles of all Palermo football teams. Pramac logo could be used in advertising campaigns and for Palermo football team co-branding purposes.
“We are glad to have a big company like Pramac as main sponsor for our team-affirms Rinaldo Sagramola, Chief Executive officer of Palermo football team. This confirms that we are a well-known brand on a national and internation scale”
“This sponsorship agreement underlines our passion for the sport and will give us the opportunity to be present not only in the Moto GP races, but also in the first Italian division championship.
We have decided to sponsor Palermo football team – affirms Paolo Campinoti PRAMAC Chief Executive Officer – because we do believe, a sunny and amusing place like Palermo, is our best promotional tool for Pramac new business in the field of alternative energies.
Pramac is a leading company in the sector of the production and distribution of power generating equipment and gensets and of material handling systems. The Group operates worldwide through four factory facilities, one in Italy (Casole d’Elsa, Siena) and three abroad (Spain, France and China) and through a proprietary distribution network of 17 commercial branches, with a group staff of 750 people. Pramac has recently signed a joint venture agreement with Prosolia Group for the distribution and installation of photovoltaic panels.
On November 6th and 7th, Toni Elias and Sylvain Guintoli will have their first contact with the Ducatis of the Pramac-d’Antin Team at the circuit of Ricardo Tormo. After the Gran Prix of Valencia both pilots will be able to ride the Ducati GP7 Sat of this season for the first time to obtain an idea of how the bikes react on the race track, and to see the bikes’ potential while they wait for the final versions of their 2008 machines. The 2008 Ducati, dubbed the GP8 Sat, will be available for the later Winter Tests. On the other hand, Chaz Davies will be unable to compete in the last race of the season due to injuries sustained to his right hand and wrist, including a fracture to his fifth metacarpal that limits mobility and strength.
The first day of Free Practices has once again seen the day dominated by Casey Stoner and his Ducati GP7, as evidenced by his first positions in both of the day’s sessions, and demonstrating the potential the Australian holds.The Pramac-d’Antin Team had varying results, with Alex Barros finishing the day in seventh place, whereas his team mate, Chaz Davies, suffered a heavy crash during the morning session and was unable to partake in the afternoon session after being transported to the Hospital of Valencia to verify the extent of his injuries.The Qualifying Practice will begin at 13:50 PM (local time) and will determine the starting order for the race on Sunday.
Alex Barros (23 laps. 1´33´54). “During the afternoon free practice, we were able to improve the front and the rear a lot, for which I’m satisfied and confident for tomorrow morning. Also, we have tried to find the best tire, as far as durability, looking towards the race on Sunday. Concerning the engine, we continued to perfect small aspects of the delivery, and have reaped it’s benefits, In addition, we’re starting tomorrow with a fresh engine which will give me a little “extra boost” and help me to lower my times so I can get a good spot on the grid during Qualifying”.
Chaz Davies (Crash). ”It’s a shame I crashed this morning, because I had a good feeling with the bike and was going well. The crash was my fault, because on my out lap I went a bit slow and when I tried to force the pace coming onto the straight the rear tire was still cold and the traction control wasn’t able to compensate so I was launched up. Tomorrow I’ll try to ride, and I hope I’m not in too much pain because now my hand and back are hurting pretty bad”.
1º Casey Stoner 1´32´96
2º Sylvain Guintoli 1´33´08
3º Dani Pedrosa 1´33´15
4º Marco Melandri 1´33´31
5º Chris Vermeulen 1´33´50
7º Alex Barros 1´33´54
The penultimate round of the MotoGP World Championship held at the Malaysian circuit of Sepang has seen yet another victory for Casey Stoner, proving the supremacy of the Ducati-Bridgestone combination. Nonetheless, for the Pramac-Dantin Team, the race was not satifactory due to technical problems. Alex Barros finished in twelfth position and Chaz Davies in seventeenth.
In two weeks the final round of the season will be held at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, Spain.
Alex Barros (12th place). “I’m not happy with the race I just finished. At the beginning, the motor’s performance wasn’t as good as we expected and I couldn’t get into a good rhythm. I’m not exactly sure what happened, but the engineers are analyzing the data. The Team has worked so hard, and I hope that things will go better in Valencia”.
Chaz Davies (17th place). ”This has been a difficult race for me. I got a good start, but in the second corner I was on the outside and three or four guys got past me. After that, I tried to stick with the group of Checa, Nakano, and Aoki, but I wasn’t able to. The set-up of the bike was better today, but it still wasn’t enough to fight for the points. I’m not happy with this race, but I hope to do better in Valencia because that is a track I like and it’s where I’ve had my best finish before”.
Fabiano Sterlacchini (Track Engineer). “We are checking all the data so that we can clearly understand what wasn’t working well, and also why Barros was able to go a second faster per lap than at the beginning of the race. The tires also didn’t work as well as they have, because the resurfacing of the asphalt has changed our set-up reference that we obtained in the preseason tests”.
1º Casey Stoner 43´04´40
2º Marco Melandri 43´06´10
3º Dani Pedrosa 43´06´73
4º Randy de Puniet 43´08´17
5º Valentino Rossi 43´09´17
12º Alex Barros 43´40´07
17º Chaz Davies 44´03´31
The PRAMAC-D´ANTIN Team has closed an agreement with British rider, Chaz Davies, to contest the last three races of the 2007 MotoGP season. Chaz Davies participated in the most recent Red Bull Gran Prix at Laguna Seca aboard the Ducati of the Pramac-d´Antin Team, performing remarkably as much during the Free Practices as during the Race, eventually settling into a race rhythm and posting laptimes that were near the lead group.
The 20 year old pilot’s history began at an early age, where at age 8 he started racing in the British Mini-Moto Championship. After three years in that Series, where he increased his skills in different categories, Chaz began to race in ever advanced Championships with honorable finishes.
From 2002, Davies entered the world stage and competed in the 125cc and 250cc World Championships with outstanding results until leaving the series for the USA in 2007 where he raced the AMA Super Sport Championship and always fought for top ten positions.
The rider has declared after the agreement:
“I am very excited to have another oppotunity to race in MotoGP with Pramac D’Antin. I am also very grateful to the team and Ducati for giving me this oppotunity. Phillip Island has been kind to me in the past with the 250cc so i hope this will transfer onto the MotoGP bike although i expect to have to learn many more things. Of course i will try my best and i hope to have a lot of fun!”