Motorcycle road-racing's 'World Championship Grand Prix' series (MotoGP) began in 1949, evolving out of the Grand Prix d'Europe. The inaugural MotoGP race was held at the Isle of Man TT, followed by races at Bremgarten (Switzerland), Assen (Netherlands), Francorchamps (Belgium), Ulster/Clady (Northern Ireland), and Monza (Italy).
After the completion of the 1949 MotoGP circuit, the FICM (Fˇdˇration Internationale des Clubs Motocyclistes) became the official governing body for MotoGP, renaming itself the Fˇdˇration Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).
During the early years, MotoGP was divided into four classes: 125cc, 250cc, 350cc and 500cc. A sidecar class was added in the mid 1950s. A point system was devised to award for fastest lap time, and finishing placement.
The MotoGP circuit is divided into the 125cc, 250cc and 'MotoGP' classes. The official designation of 'Moto GP' as a Grand Prix racing category was coined during the 2002 World Championship season, when the 500cc class that was dominated by two-stroke engines was opened up to 990cc four-stroke motorcycles.
Casy Stoner vs Valentino Rossi 2008 Red Bull US Grand Prix
Casy Stoner No. 27 (Ducati) - MotoGP Laguna Seca 2007 - 2007 USGP Action Photos
Moto GP race bikes are highly specialized factory racing 'prototypes' that are differentiated from the AMA SBK Superbike, which is more akin to a highly modified street-legal production superbike.
US MotoGP Raceing 2007
This section contains detailed track data for the full 18 race MotoGP circuit, time results, history and action photography from the 2007 US MotoGP Grand Prix race at Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway in Salinas, California.
2008 Red Bull US Grand Prix
2007 US MotoGP at Laguna Seca
2007 US MotoGP - Sunday Action Photos
Track Data for full 2007 MotoGP Race Circuit
For 2007, the FIM implemented new Grand Prix regulations, downscaling engine displacement from 990 cc to 800 cc, putting GP engine performance on par with some 1000cc AMA Superbikes.
800 cc MotoGP Engine Design
Responding to the challenges of the FIM's smaller displacement limitations, engine designers and tuners have increased horsepower and redlines using Formula-1 style 'oversquare' bore/stoke ratios.
The new crop of 800 cc 4-stroke GP engines such as Ducati's Desmosedici GP7 and GP8 V4 provide faster piston acceleration, and a higher redline (18k+) — generating a steeper, 2-stroke-like powerband.
MotoGP & Dorna Sports SL
Begining in 1992, Dorna Sports SL, based in Madrid, Spain has held exclusive commercial rights to the MotoGP World Championship, along with the World Supercross GP, CEV Buckler, Trials World Championship, and several other racing ventures.
Official MotoGP Website
Dorna Sports (MotoGP) Website
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FIM (Fˇdˇration Internationale de Motocyclisme) Website
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2008 US MotoGP Umbrella Girls
Unless otherwise noted, all US MotoGP sport and racing photos were taken using Nikon D3, D2Xs, and D200 camera bodies, with Nikon 300mm and 105mm f/2.8 VR telephoto lenses, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lenses, and Nikon 14mm f/2.8 and 18mm-35mm f/3.5-4.5 wide angle lenses.