It’s that age-old question that has plagued man since the dawn of the internal combustion engine: Which fuel-powered sport is better, Formula 1™ or MotoGP™? Of course, the beauty of all motorsports is in the eye of the beholder, but there are a number of obvious differences between the two (most notably, the number of tyres). Really, when it comes to Formula 1™ and MotoGP™, we think everyone wins – but we’ll let you make that call!
So this is a bit of a toss-up, as there are significant advantages to both vehicles. MotoGP™ bikes are capable of reaching higher top speeds under ideal conditions than their four-tyred counterparts, but Formula 1™ cars tend to clock faster lap times around a track. How is this possible? Consider the amount of tyre-to-pavement contact on a motorcycle versus a car as they round a sharp curve. The area where rubber meets pavement when a MotoGP™ bike executes a turn can be less than a few credit cards as riders bank at 60 degree angles.
It is critical that riders maintain control over their bikes, and any slight upset in the balance between acceleration, tyre grip and weight distribution can lead to a spin-out and the potential to get hit by a number of other passing motorists. In Formula 1™, however, cars have the advantage due not only to tyre contact but also the amount of downforce they’re able to exert.
Here’s where MotoGP™ really pulls ahead of Formula 1™. Commentators in MotoGP™ often can’t keep up with all the changes in position happening throughout the race because the sport is so inherently dynamic in this respect. Bikes are obviously smaller and more maneuverable than cars, and the rider of a bike is more aware of their spatial limits than the driver of a car. On top of that, given a track of the same width, a bike has a much wider area of pavement to work with than does a car. Passing in Formula 1™ is just more risky…which brings us to our next point!
Risk of Contact
Formula 1™ is the leader in this aspect, no contest. We’re not saying that MotoGP™ is less dangerous than Formula 1™, but the risk of contact is much greater in Formula 1™ due to the larger surface area of the car as compared to the motorcycle. Though overtaking is much rarer in F1™, when it does happen, it’s neither simple nor safe. Cars are more difficult to maneuver than motorcycles and have a greater chance of coming into contact with a wall or another car, especially when considering how limited free space is when attempting to move around the track or another vehicle.
Who Wins? Formula 1™ or MotoGP™?
Who comes out on top? Get in on the action with our Official Ticket Packages so that you can be the judge! See American driver Alexander Rossi (no relation to Valentino Rossi of MotoGP™ fame) cut his Formula 1™ racing teeth on the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ at Circuit of The Americas™ this October! This will be the first time that an American F1™ driver has raced in the United States in eight years! A limited number of VIP Trackside Skybox packages are still available, so don’t miss your chance to secure your spot on a covered viewing platform filled with Hollywood’s finest. You’ll have an up-close view of the starting line, the pit action and the battle for pole position into the signature 133-foot climb to Turn 1!
Once you’ve recovered from your exhilarating F1™ USGP experience, you’ll of course want to make your comparisons and contrasts as you take in the 2016 Austin MotoGP™ Championship next spring! Select our Multi-Turn Package to enjoy different vantage points from seats in the Main Grandstand and in the two most popular turns, Turn 1 and Turn 15. You’ll also be granted access to an exclusive on-site party inside the Paddock Building, where you’ll enjoy a full premium open bar, gourmet food, MotoGP™ celebrity appearances and much more!
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