10 Reasons Why MotoGP is better than F1
Let’s be real here. MotoGP is better than F1. It is inevitable to compare racing events with each other. Much like fans of both sports comparing basketball and football with each other, MotoGP and Formula 1 have each seen dedicated fans have heated debates as to which is better.
Apologies to F1 fans in advance! MotoGP takes the crown for this one. Here’s why we think MotoGP is better than F1:
MotoGP has no interruptions
It is something MotoGP fans can boast about regarding this racing event. There are no pit stops, not even tire changes. Being a short racing event, there is no room for mistakes. Each rider’s only goal is to reach the end of the circuit as the fastest, never mind if they’re alone in there.
Once a rider goes in, there’s no communication with the team and they only get a split-second to peek at the pit board as they race at maximum speed.
In the year 2018, some signals were incorporated into the dash of the motorcycles corresponding with light systems around the track.
This is why MotoGP is better than F1 in this aspect.
MotoGP riders are the bravest, no doubt
It’s not like F1 drivers are cowards, don’t get us wrong. It’s just that MotoGP poses a greater danger to riders in every event and you don’t see those guys flinching at all.
According to Jorge Lorenzo, MotoGP riders are bolder. Here’s why:
Compared to 470 millimeters of an F1 tire, a MotoGP rider needs to balance a two-wheeled vehicle with a maximum width of 190 millimeters on the rear. They have to maneuver around a circuit with sharp corners, making sure to keep their balance and not crash.
While cornering, a rider’s knees will surely slide across the rough track surface. This can damage their knee padding and result in injuries. F1 drivers don’t face that kind of risk.
While safety measures are in place, we cannot deny that there is no cockpit to protect the riders from possible collisions… Either with the ground or each other. If there’s a crash, it will be a body against a machine. This undoubtedly doubles the thrill of this adrenaline-fueled racing event.
It’s all up to the rider
Because of the strict restrictions, safety concerns, and the digital takeover of virtually every aspect of an F1 car, you may be wondering what the driver is left to do. For example, if you’re not a Formula 1 fan, did you know that at 180 km/h, the throttle is taken over by electronics?
You may claim that an F1 car would definitely have faster lap times and do it convincingly but you’re wrong.
When compared to an F1 automobile, there is less interference on a MotoGP bike, and the MotoGP pilot never loses control of elements like the throttle.
You’ll know what we’re talking about if you’ve ever ridden a motorbike before. You’ll know how hard it is to manage the throttle while leaning forward. Additionally, you’ll need to know when to brake and hit the throttle again without high siding.
MotoGP riders manage these things at over 260mph, with no digitized throttle or any of that sort.
This is another uncontested reason why MotoGP is better than F1.
MotoGP is technically faster off the line and has a higher top speed
While F1 cars can complete an entire lap faster than MotoGP bikes, remember: This has everything to do with how the action isn’t entirely up to the driver like we mentioned above.
MotoGP riders receive no outside help at all and they’re physically touching the track when cornering. Bikes also have a power-to-weight ratio, they’re practically rockets!
MotoGP is the trickier of the two to master, therefore MotoGP is better than F1.
MotoGP is all about racing, nothing else
MotoGP is all about racing. There are no flashy gimmicks to attract the audience and the attendance depends solely on the anticipation for the upcoming race. Knowing how fully packed those seats are in every race, the numbers speak for themselves.
Even loyal F1 fans cannot deny that a large number of viewers are non-fans and only come for the big A-list names advertised to grace the track. F1 has enlisted famous celebrities like Will Smith, Taylor Swift, Elton John, and even Usain Bolt to bring A-list appeal to race weekends.
MotoGP fans have called it cheating time and time again. This indicates that MotoGP has that adrenaline element enough to sell out seats that few sports events have.
Certainly, MotoGP is better than F1 in this regard.
People talk and they talk about the best
It cannot be denied that MotoGP doesn’t have as many media rights as Formula 1 these days but things are changing.
Online presence is an effective and important indication of one’s popularity in this digital age. For example, social media followers tell you how big of a fanbase a particular entity has.
Formula 1 still remains as the preferred motorsport of major networks but this doesn’t mean MotoGP has little to no popularity gains. Thanks to MotoGP’s online presence and popularity, it is not that hard to reach more people despite the lack of media rights.
MotoGP’s online followings have garnered a total of approximately 21,269,831 across the three major social media (YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter), at the time of this piece’s writing, which isn’t that far from Formula 1’s 22,853,371.
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Varying grids, podium positions, and championships
There have been a few changes to the system recently. For example, MotoGP removed the open class and since then the excitement has escalated in terms of podiums and championships.
Those who have dominated the podiums for years have seen drastic changes to performance, as different riders are hailed winners each season. In 2017, 10 differents riders shared podiums among them over the season with 5 different winners.
The change to the rules allowed a fairer and more even playing field for all the teams. This isn’t the case with F1, where any rule change seems to only be in favor of the elite teams.
This change overall affects the thrill and excitement of the racing event.
MotoGP is the wisest financial choice
Like we previously mentioned, MotoGP is the more “fan-concentrated” between the two. This means the organizers do not have to shell out any amount to bring any guest to then get viewers, the fans will come and will sell out the weekend for them.
MotoGP is probably the wisest event to invest your resources in. This makes major teams focus on MotoGP more and pull out from Formula 1 ultimately.
High costs have also led F1 racing to an end in few countries all around the world, including India and South Korea. It’s quite evident that MotoGP costs less to host with these factors in mind, which also allows less expensive ticket prices.
The danger is the fuel of the race
As mentioned, crashes are more dangerous for MotoGP riders due to the lack of anything to cushion any impact. Any miscalculation of speed or brakes can amount to spectacular low and high sides.
The heart-stopping action young riders have to go through to be on the podium at the end of the season is just enough to make fans anticipate the event.
Imagine being these riders’ family or friends. How heartbreaking would it be?
MotoGP will not make you blink or it’s over
Racing action in MotoGP is insane! Leading riders may not stay leading and may even see themselves left behind in just a matter of seconds. Overtaking is what makes MotoGP fun, which happens frequently in each race. 100 overtakes isn’t impossible!
The more there are overtaking scenes, the more chance for accidents on and off the track. Who would ever forget the disaster of the 2015 Malaysian GP? Rossi vs. Marquez, anyone?
MotoGP is action-injected from start to finish and you don’t want to miss any of it!
Both MotoGP and F1 are among the fastest motorsports. In both cases, drivers are pushed to the limits of their abilities and the tracks on which they race. So maybe we’re being a little biased by saying MotoGP is better than F1 but can you blame us? Reading the points we made, do you have your thoughts?
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