Pacific Moto GP
Sunday, September 23 2007, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Pacific Moto GP, part of the Road Racing World Championship, comes from the Twin Ring, Motegi. The course takes its name from its innovative combination of American-style oval track and traditional European road racing circuit.
For racing enthusiasts there are not just excellent viewing facilities but also fantastic opportunities to take to the circuit, with various driving courses on offer. Away from the track, the complex boasts all kinds of amusements, outdoor activities and a sports and recreation field.
The Moto GP is one of the fastest, most thrilling sports in the world. The bikes reach speeds of up to 310kph (185mph) and the races are extremely competitive. Unlike Formula One racing, overtaking is frequent. The riders take the bravest lines to weave through the field and when the bikes close on each other they push it to the limit. There is the feeling that the crowd is collectively holding its breath as the riders brake as late as possible into the corners. Then there is the engine noise, piercing the air as the riders fly by, a constant reminder of the sheer power that they are fighting to control.
The 500cc Championship is the big one in motorcycling. Although it vies with the increasingly popular Superbike Championship for profile, it remains the title that every aspiring rider dreams of winning. To achieve the feat the riders travel the globe, competing in 16 Grand Prix and travelling to 13 countries. With the diversity of tracks and conditions, it provides the ultimate test of overall ability.