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5 reasons why MotoGP is better than Formula 1

Words: Martin Datzinger
Photo: Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool

More action, interesting characters and 3 more reasons why there is only one winner between MotoGP and Formula 1

The Formula 1 and MotoGP seasons are upon us. While Lewis Hamilton and the chasing pack burn rubber in Melbourne, Marc Marquez, Rossi and the rest of the MotoGP superstars will be battling it out in Qatar. 

But which championship is really more exciting? Which one gets our pulses racing and sends us into ecstasy? MotoGP or Formula 1?

Expect more drama when the racing begins on March 20th! 

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The racing is better

Need an example? It’s the third to last race of the 2015 MotoGP season in Philip Island, Australia. What happens in the first four laps of a race that only last 45 minutes? Crazy overtaking maneuvers, aggressive breaking, racers taking advantage of their opponents’ mistakes in ice-cold fashion and breathtaking technical ability. Aside from a bit of harmless jostling, the race is fought in a fair and clean manner. 

 

 

Jorge Lorenzo

Exciting and risky overtaking may be a thing of the past in Formula 1, but it is bread and butter in MotoGP 

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2 It is full of characters 

One thing you cannot say about the top racers in MotoGP is that they are overpaid or easy to replace. They are in it for the thrill of the chase. They are enigmatic characters who compliment each other in almost Hollywood fashion: there’s the young boy racer, the old legend who has seen it all, the consistent workhorse and the likeable underdog battling against injury. All are massive fan-favorites in their own way, and they all have one thing in common: they love to race. 

It’s more interesting to watch

MotoGP is all about movement, and that is what makes it beautiful. You can witness every piece of mind-boggling technical expertise. Look closely and you will see where the mistakes are being made. By looking at a racer’s body language, fans can tell whether they are on the attack or defending their position, or whether they have lost hope altogether. Want to know how far behind your opponent is? Then you need to turn your head. Anyone brave enough to do this at 150 mph gets our respect. 

 

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4 The bikes are built to be overtaken

Watch two F1 cars attempt to go around a curve at the same time and more often than not, you’re likely to see a number of parts fly off one of them. That’s why a lot of the overtaking takes place down the straights, with a touch of a button in the DRS zone. MotoGP bikes on the other hand, take up a lot less space and down force doesn’t play a part. That is why we’re often treated to wonderful images of multiple bikes cuddled up together as they go around a bend. Two people can’t be in the same space at once? Tell that to Marc Marquez! 

Because MotoGP is allowed to be wild 

Rubber-stamped by the manufacturers, regulated to the smallest detail, energy-efficient hybrid engines that sound like a Bontempi organ. Endless run-off areas and penalties instead of gravel and piles of rubber tires. Drivers who pamper their tires during the big race, controlling their fuel usage and overtaking according to strategy, while still finding time to press 1,000’s of buttons and knobs on their steering wheels. Drivers hidden deep inside their carbon-Kevlar armour. Press conferences full of pre-prepared press jargon and rose water instead of champagne. And Bernie Ecclestone still wonders why the fans are losing interest? 

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