Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is the premier type of motorcycle racing and is divided into three classifications. Moto 3 is for 250cc four-stroke machines, Moto2 is for 600cc four-stroke machines and MotoGP is for 1000cc bikes.
These are purpose built factory machines as opposed to the modified Road bikes that race in the Superbike Championship. Any trip to one of these meetings will be exciting. The venues are glamorous, the Noise and crowd reactions are amazing and the racing is the epitome of motorcycle racing. With careful planning and the right group of friends or colleagues, your trip will be a memorable one.
1 – Choosing the group
Your particular group will to a certain extent choose itself. Opinions get polarised when it comes to MotoGP. People tend to go for either cars or bikes and even more often, either go for racing or not. MotoGP is the motorbike equivalent of F1 Motor Racing. By far the most popular of bike racing, it draws big crowds and visits some exciting locations around the world.
2 – Decide on the venue
Here you have the world at your feet! Twenty F1 venues cover the entire planet and are as glamorous as they come. Here is the list for the 2015 season: For all ticket information click here. To download the 2015 MotorGP calendar click here.
Grand Prix of Qatar
Date: 29th March
Circuit: Losail Circuit
Length: 3.375 miles. Capacity: 8,000
This circuit is located just outside in the town of Lusail, to the north of Doha, Qatar. It was built in just under a year by 1,000 workers and cost $58 million, it held its inaugural race in 2004. Permanent outdoor lighting for night races was added in 2007; the first night race in MotoGP history was the Grand Prix of Qatar in March 2008.
Grand Prix of the Americas
Date: 12th April
Circuit: Circuit of the Americas
Length: 3.418 miles Capacity: 120,000
Built in 2011 in Travis County, near Austin, Texas, it is also the venue for the Formula One United States Grand Prix. It contains 20 bends and has an elevation change of some 133feet. Unusually it runs counter-clockwise.
Grand Prix De La Republica Argentina
Date: 19th April
Circuit: Autudromo Termas de Rio Hondo
Length: 2.986 miles. Capacity: 120,000
This circuit was created in 2007 but then had a complete overhaul and rebuild in 2012, hosting its first MotoGP event in 2014. Between 1961 and 1999, this race was held at the Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez in Buenos Aires .
Gran Premio De Espana
Date: 3rd May
Length: 2.751 miles. Capacity: 125,000
Opening its doors to the public in 1985 it held its first F1 GP event here in the same year. In May 2013, it was announced that the final corner would be renamed in honour of Spanish MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo.
Grand Prix de France
Date: 17th May
Circuit: Le Mans
Length: 2.597 miles. Capacity: 100,000
One of the most famous circuits in the world, Le Mans opened in 1966, It has a unique place in motorsport history and has hosted MotoGP events on the Bugatti circuit since 2000 following a major upgrade. The circuit forms part of the famous ‘Circuit de la Sarthe’, on which the 24 Hour race is run.
Gran Premio D’Italia
Date: 31st May
Length: 3.259 miles. Capacity: 50,000
Between 1949 and 1990 this event was known as the Nation’s Grand Prix. It was one of the original rounds of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Originally held exclusively at Monza it remained there for 23 years. Then between 1972 and 1993, it rotated between several circuits before coming to the Mugello Circuit in 1994, where it has remained.
Gran Premi De Catalunya
Date: 14th June
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona
Length: 2.892 miles. Capacity: 140,700
Prior to 2013 the track was known as the Circuit de Catalunya, Then a sponsorship deal with Barcelona City Council added Barcelona to the its title. Also home to the F1 Grand Prix it is a popular circuit with both fans and drivers alike.
Date: 27th June
Length: 2.824 miles. Capacity: 100,000
Having hosted Motorcycling Grand Prix since 1925 the Assen Circuit is known affectionately as the Cathedral of Motorcycling. It is easily the longest running event in the MotorGP calendar breaking only during the war years. The modern track was built in 1955, the original circuit was an incredibly 18 mile brick paved circuit.
Motored Grand Prix Deutschland
Date: 12th July
Length: 2.299 miles. Capacity: 77,500
Also built in 1925,. it has hosted races continually since 1952, it is located in Hohenstein-Ernstthal which is near Chemnitz in the Saxony region of Germany. It used to be a complete road race, comparable to the Isle of Man TT, but after many fatalities, it was decided to take on new promoters, and move to the shortened purpose-built Sachsenring where it became a sell-out event immediately and has remained so.
Indianapolis Grand Prix
Date: 9th August
Circuit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Length: 2.591 miles. Capacity: 257,000
The circuit is located approximately six miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana. Built in 1909 it is the highest capacity sports venue in the world. With in-field seating for the car racing it holds an astonishing 400,000 people. The MotoGP came here for the first time in 2008.
Grand Prix Ceske Republiky
Date: 16th August
Circuit: Automotodrom Brno
Length: 3.357 miles. Capacity: 150,000
The original street circuit here, was its longest nearly 19 miles long. Racing on the old roads ceased in 1986, when the current circuit was opened. The annual MotoGP race is the circuit’s most important event. It has been held here since 1950 and is the most famous motor race in the country.
British Grand Prix
Date: 30th August
Circuit: Donington Park
Length: 2.498 miles. Capacity: Not yet announced
From 1949 until 1972, the Isle of Man TT was the most prestigious event on the motorcycling calendar. Then, world champion Giacomo Agostini announced that he would never race there again, stating that the 37-mile circuit was too dangerous, his friend Gilberto Parlotti having been killed that year. Many riders followed his lead over the the next 4 years and the Isle of Man TT was scratched from the MotoGP calendar. It moved first, to Silverstone for a decade, before finding its home at Donington, then it went back to Silverstone from 2010 until 2015. It is due to move to Wales in 2016.
Grand Prix Di San Marino E Della Riviera Di Rimini
Date: 13th September
Circuit: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
Length: 2.525 miles. Capacity: 60,000
The name of this race is a misnomer as the race actually takes place in Italy. However, because there is already an Italian motorcycle Grand Prix, it was given the title San Marino Grand Prix as the race track is located close to San Marino. The track carries the name of the tragic driver who was killed in 2011.
Gran Premio De Aragón
Date: 27th September
Circuit: Moorland Aragón
Length: 3.155 miles. Capacity: 120,000
located near Alcañiz, Spain, it was announced as a replacement for the Hungarian Grand Prix for the 2010 MotoGP calendar. Aragón was already in place as a reserve track. It replaced the Hungarian event which was postponed due to overrunning construction work.
Grand Prix of Japan
Date: 11 October
Circuit: Twin Ring Motegi
Length: 2.980 miles. Capacity: 65,000
Taking its name comes from the fact that it has two race tracks: It was built in 1997 by Honda, as part of their efforts in bringing the IndyCar Series to Japan. The bikes use the road track. Honda has a museum and workshops here.
Australian Grand Prix
Date: 18th October
Circuit: Phillip Island
Length: 2.762 miles. Capacity: 90,000
Built on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. This circuit was opened in 1956 and is also home to the Superbike races. After being upgraded, MotoGP gave the circuit a grand re-opening in 1989 when the race was won by 1987 World Champion Gardner to the delight of the large crowd. The track is a favourite among riders.
Malaysian Motocycle Grand Prix
Date: 25th October
Circuit: Sepang Circuit
Length: 3.444 miles. Capacity: 80,000
Designed by German designer Hermann Tilke, it was inaugurated for the first Moto GP Malaysian Grand Prix on 20 April 1999. Sadly on 23 October 2011, the Italian motorcycle racer Marco Simoncelli died following a crash on Lap 2, resulting in the abandonment of the race. The track is also used for F1 races.
Gran premio De La Comunitat Valenciana
Date: 8th November
Circuit: Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo
Length: 2.517 miles. Capacity: 120,000
More often called simply Circuit Ricardo Tormo, after the Spanish, two-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle racer. It is located in Valencia, Spain and was built in 1999. It is often used as a test track by the Formula One teams, because of the mild temperatures in winter.
3 – Be mindful of your budget
The location can set your budget as you decide how far and to which race you want to go. Money is often a tricky subject. A good way to deal with it is openness with the group members, whilst at the same time show discretion if someone expresses financial concerns. Early discussions can save embarrassment later on.
Get the agreement of the group in deciding a budget then stick to it. Try to minimise expenses by booking as early as possible.
4 – Location location location
This, of course, is down to a choice between the eighteen races. Discuss the venues with your group and pick the most popular choice, for travel, cost and location.
5 – Think Outside the Box
Don’t let yourself be constrained when planning this type of holiday. Book as early as possible and you should be able to take advantage of the best restaurant seats and other such add-ons. It is a huge anticlimax when the end of the race ends signals the end of your experience. Most races will have parties attached. Discovering too late about this sort of addition would be a shame.
When the trip does, in fact, come to an end, send out a follow-up email to gather feedback. This is a great opportunity to thank the group for participating and also gather information, useful in planning future trips.
6 – Use Your Group Buying Power
It is important to remember that at all times while making inquiries into the cost of travel, accommodation or activities, that you have the strength of your group buying power. Any business that can see a booking coming their way with upwards or 10, 20 or 30 people will definitely not want to loose out, and will be happy to offer incentives to win your custom.
If you take for example the many businesses out there that are offering up to a 80% discount on their services including administration fees, to post discount deals on some of the most renowned discount sites like Groupon.com and LastMinute.com and many other sites like these, to try and gain customers to promote their services. Bare this in mind if you’re a bit shy when it comes to haggling for discounts, go for it as you’ve nothing to loose, as all they can do is say no.
7 – Choosing Accommodations
There are many options for choosing accommodation that need to be considered when considering the level of budget for the overall group. The first and most obvious option is hotel accommodation.
Hotel Accommodation is in abundance on many price comparison sites, but sometimes you already know where you want to go based on recommendations from others who have visited the area where you wish to travel. It is always best practice to contact the hotel directly to see if you can get your own discount for your group booking.
Recommendations from others are most helpful in deciding your accommodation, as you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere!
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Private Properties are also another great option for affordable accommodation with a twist. There are many fabulous private luxurious villas available for short-term rentals. Some of these villas are like those in which you would imagine movie stars living in. Some of These will have features beyond your wildest imagination, including private swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a room for everyone in the group!
The cost of renting these villas can be surprisingly affordable when you divide the cost up among the members of your group. There are many websites that provide these options for you, but you can see them all in one location on the Private Properties Section on DIYHolidays.com.
B&B’s are also an option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. This can also be an adventurous option as you are dealing with local people presenting their local hospitality, and local knowledge. You can also view a multiple of service providers offering B&B accommodation from all over the world on the B&B Section on DIYHolidays.com.
Hostel’s are a very cost effective option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. Hostels do have rooms with a number of bunks in it that might suit the number of people in your group.
This can be a great solution as sleeping can be the last thing on the itinerary for your group, although it can be a noisy option if everybody comes back at different times with a little too much to drink! There are many Hostel booking agents available on line for booking Hostels all over the world and you can see them all in one location here on the Hostel Section on DIYHolidays.com.
8 – Keep your Group Informed
It is always best to inform the people in your group of exactly what costs are involved, what is included in the trip and what, if any, discounts you have managed to squeeze out of service providers.
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9 – Travel Insurance
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