A Beginners Guide To Track Motorcycle Racing

Track motorcycle racing is a very popular form of motorcycle racing whereby teams or people race against opponents over a rough unpaved oval course. There are many variations, with each variation racing on a completely different surface type. Track motorbike racing has developed over the years and has been further refined with the development of high tech gadgets and equipment. This article will give you some basic ideas about what track motorbike racing is all about and also explore how this particular form of racing came to be so popular.

History Of

A motorcycle parked on a dirt road

Motorbike racing has existed for many years and it can trace its origins back to the 1970’s in Japan. These were the days of Honda motorcycles and when Honda’s rival Yamaha introduced the motocross bike the racing sport was instantly sparked off. The idea was to allow riders to compete on all types of surfaces including dirt and sand. Eventually the motocross bike took off and became a huge hit amongst all sorts of people. It soon became so popular that it was seen as a competitive sport which in itself was an indication that it was popular.

Track motorbike racing in the UK has become more popular and nowadays there are many tracks where you can see races taking place. These tracks range from the flat and fast roads of England to the rocky, muddy and bumpy country tracks in the north of France.

Good Things About

A person riding a motorcycle on a track

The first thing you need to know about motorbike racing is that there are two types of motors: the internal combustion engines that produce the power needed to race and the electrical engines which produce the electricity that powers the motorbike during the race. If you are not sure about the difference between these then it might be useful to read this article.

In most countries track motorbike racing takes place on either dirt or paved motorbike track which is usually divided into smaller sections. Each section of track is called a lap and is usually broken down into ten laps, although some tracks may only have six. As the name suggests, each lap is made up of ten sections where the riders take turns racing against each other.

On most of these tracks the track is flat and usually has an asphalt surface. However, in some tracks it may be a clay track that is slightly different. This makes it a very different type of racing track from the flat dirt tracks which you can see at the races.

Different Parts Of The Race

The first part of the race is the ‘pre-start’ where the riders take their bikes out for a pre-race test drive to see whether they feel comfortable to race on. It is very important for them to be comfortable as they will be racing on uneven surfaces and on very hard surfaces. The track is usually very wet and when you are on the track of the water on the floor tends to run. Because of this you will be running over some very hard surfaces which are very slippery and this could potentially cause the riders to lose control if they are not properly prepared.

Once the test drive is over the riders now know how they will be able to race on the track. A race is usually very short but can go on for several hundred meters. They race using three gears and you may have one rider alternating between the low and high gears as part of the race. The winner is the rider who completes the course quickest and wins a prize.

Another thing you may want to know about track motorbike racing is that it is not just a sport which you race on a single track. There are a number of tracks throughout the country that host national level motorbike races, so you can race on these tracks as well as on the tracks which are used for private races. These tracks vary greatly in terms of the terrain, speed of the track and the length of the race. They can also provide excellent track and racing facilities for riders who want to train on a smaller level.

Some of these tracks may offer a training facility and you can then become a member of a private club and use the facilities of the track. Many clubs allow you to compete in a single race or a series of three or four races, but you may also be able to race in one race on a specific track, such as a flat track and another race on a mountain track. All of these are good ways of getting a good racing experience.


You will find that in general there are many clubs and individuals who want to help you improve your own pace and knowledge of the sport. The club can provide guidance and this helps to make sure that you enjoy the experience of racing on the track.

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