Motorcycle racing is the sport of racing bikes. It varies around the world and there are different classes, types and categories of races, bikes and racers. There are races that take place on paved roads, on mountains and everything in between. There are tracks that are long, short and races that don’t place on tracks at all.
Universally, there are generally four main categories of motorcycle racing:
- Road Racing
This type of racing takes place on paved roads, or road like tracks. Often, you will find these races on closed public roads or tracks built and designed for the sport. There are a few different types of road racing.
With rules, regulations and structure similar to Road racing, the main difference between Motorcross and Road racing is the terrain-Motorcross takes place off-road. There are closed circuits which are dirt, grass, mud, rocks, etc. In addition, there are over 40 racers that can be racing at one time in one race. There are a number of classes within Motorcross as well, depending on your speed, skill and agility.
- Enduro and Cross Country
This is a form of off-road racing that focuses less on speed and more on endurance. The laps are long, the terrain is tough and there are many tricks, twists and turns involved to test the abilities of the competitors. These races can last upwards of a few days.
- Track Racing
This is a straightforward type of race- with the race taking place on an oval track with a defined about of laps required by each racer.
There are other categories, typically that are specific or popular to/ within a region or country. For example, there is UK Sprinting, a sport that is unique to the UK. Racers practice all over the world for each of the above-mentioned categories.