How much do you know about motorcycle racing?

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By jwblackwell



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What is the difference between motocross and supercross?

What is the difference between grasstrack and speedway racing?

What is the difference between road racing and track racing?

What is sidecar racing?

What is hard enduro?

What is the difference between Hare Scramble and Cross-Country rallies?

What is vintage racing?

What is super hooligan racing?

What is board track racing?


Overview of Motorcycle Racing Categories

  • Motorcycle racing encompasses road racing, off-road racing, and track racing.

  • Road racing can be held on a closed circuit or temporarily closed public roads and includes traditional road racing, Grand Prix motorcycle racing, Superbike racing, Supersport racing, and endurance racing.

  • Sidecar racing is a category of sidecar motorcycle racing, with older models resembling solo motorcycles with a platform attached while modern ones are purpose-built.

  • Motocross is off-road racing on non-tarmac surfaces with jumps and starts done en masse.

  • Supercross is indoor motocross with numerous jumps, mainly popular in North America.

  • Supermoto is a crossover between road-racing and motocross on a mixed course of road and dirt.

  • Enduro is off-road racing that focuses on the endurance of the competitor, with traditional Time Card Enduros and other forms of sport such as Short Course Enduros, Hare Scrambles, and Cross-Country rallies.

  • Hard Enduro is a variant of Enduro that takes Enduro racing to extremes with larger, longer, and tougher courses.

  • Hare Scramble is a form of off-road motorcycle racing where the contestants complete multiple laps around a marked course through wooded or rugged natural terrain.

  • Cross-country rally events take place over many days, travelling hundreds of miles across primarily open off-road terrain.

  • Track racing is a form of motorcycle racing where teams or individuals race opponents around an oval track, with indoor short track and TT racing, speedway racing, and grasstrack.

  • Speedway racing takes place on a flat oval track usually consisting of dirt or loosely packed shale, using bikes with a single gear and no brakes.

  • Grasstrack is outdoor speedway, with longer tracks and elevation changes.Types of Motorcycle Racing

  • Speedway bike racing is a form of motorcycle racing that is done on a flat oval dirt track with no brakes, and normally two gears, rear suspension, etc.

  • Ice racing is a motorcycle class that is equivalent to speedway on ice, with bikes racing anti-clockwise around oval tracks between 260 to 425 meters in length, with metal tire spikes or screws often allowed to improve traction.

  • Board track racing was a type of track racing popular in the United States between the second and third decades of the 20th century, where competition was conducted on oval race courses with surfaces composed of wooden planks.

  • Auto race is a Japanese version of track racing held on an asphalt oval course and seen as a gambling sport.

  • Drag racing/sprints is a racing venue where two participants line up at a dragstrip with a signaled starting line, and upon the starting signal, the riders accelerate down a straight, quarter-mile long paved track where their elapsed time and terminal speed are recorded.

  • UK Sprinting occurred on disused and re-purposed airstrips, and on a few sea-front promenades, generally with one set of timing equipment, for the ¼ mile distance, although some used ⅛ mile.

  • Hill climb is where a single rider climbs or tries to climb a road going up a hill in the fastest time or the furthest up the hill before ceasing forward motion.

  • Landspeed motorcycle racing is where the racer is trying to beat the fastest speed ever achieved by that style of motorcycle and type of engine for a timed mile.

  • Vintage racing riders race classic motorcycles that are no longer competitive with the latest production motorcycles. Classes are organized by production period and engine displacement.

  • Super Hooligan racing has been around since the 1970s when fans attending flat track races began racing their own personal motorcycles during intermissions of events.


Think you know all about the different categories of motorcycle racing? Test your knowledge with our quiz! From road racing to off-road racing, track racing to vintage racing, this quiz covers it all. Learn about the different types of races, the unique features of each category, and the history of motorcycle racing. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just curious about the sport, this quiz is sure to challenge and entertain you. So rev your engines and take on the challenge!

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