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MotoGP vs Formula One: Which is Faster, Two Wheels or Four?

While it was very nice of MotoGP to put out droves of content for free, nothing quite compares to the thrills of live, high-speed motorbikes. After a long wait, MotoGP has returned with a new schedule, with a sleek stack of races across Europe and a few more earmarked to take place in North America, South America, and Asia, pending confirmation. As of 19 July, MotoGP is back, with the Circuito de Jerez hosting the first of a confirmed 13 races that’ll give the super-powered bikes a place to burn some rubber and compete for the championship. Alongside MotoGP, another high-velocity sport has made its return, Formula One, so we thought it prudent to check out the two racing tournaments side-by-side to see if two wheels are faster than four.

The insane speeds of MotoGP bikes

The Qatar tests from February 2020 laid down some incredible speeds. Top of the pile was Jack Miller on a Ducati, clocking in at 355.2 kph (220.7 mph). Close behind was Danilo Petrucci at 352.9 kph, Francesco Bagnaia at 351.7 kph, and Johann Zarco at 350.6 kph; all of whom were also riding a Ducati bike. It may be surprising that, despite his dominance, Marc Marquez doesn’t have the fastest bike in MotoGP, with his Honda reaching a top speed of 346.1 kph. The top speed of these Qatar tests wasn’t too far off of the record, with the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso hitting 356.5 kph (221.5 mph) at the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley.

Away from the track, manufacturers are pushing the limits of what we thought was possible on two wheels with absurdly fast models. In the electric motorcycle space, Venturi’s BB2.5 prototype hit a staggering 495 kph (307.6 mph) in testing, while they say their BB3 model can hit unheralded heights of 700 kph (434.96 mph). As for what can be purchased on the market, the 2019 MTT 420RR is claimed to be the fastest motorcycle, with a top speed of 273.4 mph (440 kph). The speeds put up by the stars of MotoGP and commercial companies have set the bar very high for four-wheeled vehicles.

Four wheels competing at the highest level

Formula One is regarded as one of the most intense sports in the world, with the top speeds of F1 cars during races hitting absurd heights. In 2005, the bar was set at the Italian Grand Prix, with the McLaren-Mercedes driven by Juan Pablo Montoya getting to 372.6 kph (231.5 mph). It took 11 years, but during practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, one Valtteri Bottas crept over the bar by hitting a top speed of 378 kph (234.9 mph) in 2016. Much like in MotoGP, having the fastest car doesn’t necessarily lead to victory, with the Ferrari hitting the fastest speed of 336.7 kph (209.1 mph) in 2020, and yet they don’t lead the way.

He may be the clear back-up driver to Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, but Bottas is still laying down some incredible speeds to take points, finishing the race headlining F1’s return, the Austrian Grand Prix, in first place. Bottas claimed the top spot, Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari came in second, and Lando Norris in the McLaren-Renault came in third after Hamilton was deducted points. Such a display from Bottas and his historic speeds have earned the Finn a lot of favour and, as of 6 July, he’s the second-favourite at 2/1 to win the Drivers’ Championship while topping the standings. Of course, not everyone can drive an F1 car, with the fastest four-wheeler on the market being the almighty Bugatti Chiron Sport, which hits 261 mph (420 kph) with the pedal down.

Two vs Four: split decision

When comparing motorbikes and cars at the highest levels of competition, the vehicles of MotoGP come up just a little bit short on those of Formula One. At 221.5 mph on a bike to 234.9 mph in an F1 car, Moto GP is slower, but both are incredible speeds to hit in the heat of competition and while utilising the skill required to navigate tracks and other drivers. As reaffirmed by Red Bull, F1 cars can go faster around a track than MotoGP motorbikes. On the commercial side, however, those seeking the fastest speeds should opt for a top-of-the-range motorbike, with the 2019 MTT 420RR’s top speed of 273.4 mph eclipsing that of the Bugatti Chiron Sport’s 261 mph.

So, in the world of motorsport, the conditions are in place to allow the four-wheeled Formula One cars to go faster than MotoGP’s two-wheelers. However, if you want to own the fastest bike or car, you’ll find the top speeds in a motorbike.


Global Series Round 1: how to be fast at Mugello

Fans can watch on and, on selected TV broadcasters, and across social media platforms including YouTube (via the MotoGP™ and MotoGP™ eSport channels), MotoGP™ eSport Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (via MotoGP™ and MotoGP™ eSport pages) and Twitch via MotoGP™ and MotoGP™ eSport.

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British Talent Cup joins forces with Honda UK

Racing is at the heart of Honda’s DNA, and the marque has a strong history of success since first entering motorcycle Grand Prix racing in 1959. In 2019, Honda completed a triple crown of title victories, with Marc Marquez dominating in MotoGP™, Tim Gajser winning the MXGP World Championship and  Toni Bou taking to the top in the Trial World Championship. In January, Honda rider Ricky Brabec also won the Dakar Rally 2020, giving Honda its first Dakar victory since 1989.

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“I want to do what no one from Japan is yet to do”

Those were years marked by a great challenge for Hatsumi, who was committed to discovering European ways of living and thinking and, at the same time, had to explain the different cultural nuances to the riders she accompanied so that they could integrate into the western teams. “Nobody had told me how to do this job, I invented it at the moment,” she says, with a telling smile. “At the beginning I had a lot of pressure, also because in the ‘90s in Japan we didn’t know much about European or habits. Today, however, I do my job spontaneously, I do it casually and I enjoy it very much.”

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Revised 2020 Northern Talent Cup calendar revealed

As previously announced, a number of events at which the NTC was set to compete have been postponed and/or cancelled. Oschersleben Speedweek was cancelled by the organisation and postponed to 2021, and the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, set to take place at the Sachsenring, was cancelled by MotoGP™.

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2020 MotoGP eSport Championship – The season so far!

Finally, Texas’ undulating, complex Circuit of the Americas was the venue for the third and final Online Challenge of the Pro Draft. Marc Marquez’s 2019 title triumph made it look like Honda’s RC213V was an easy ride, but riders’ testaments prove it is anything but. Gamers had to wrestle the world championship winning bike around the tricky 20 corners that CotA has to offer, meaning those with the highest skills made it to the top.

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Artigas beats Acosta by 0.003 seconds in Estoril

The European Talent Cup riders also had two races in Estoril, and the day would belong to one youngster: Openbank Aspar Team’s David Alonso. The Colombian left the field in his wake in Race 1, cantering his way to a 6-second victory as teammate Ivan Ortola finished P2. The latter was challenging Alonso – along with a whole host of other riders in Race 2 – but a jump start saw him get two long lap penalties. Alonso made no such errors and in the last quarter of the race, his pace proved too strong. It was maximum points for the number 80 rider, with Alberto Ferrandez (Cuna de Campeoñes) and Angel Piqueras (Talent Team Estrella Galicia 0,0) picking up podiums.

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Kenny Noyes presents his autobiography

The exacting, but at the same time, anecdotal style of The Challenges of Superbike, Moto2 and Glasgow 3, makes for exciting reading as you experience the adventures of an American born in Spain, son of ex-racer, journalist and TV commentator, Dennis Noyes (the only non-Spanish father-and-son combinations ever to win Spanish national racing titles, Dennis in 1986 and Kenny in 2014). From American Flat Track Pro Singles Champion to a the FIM CEV Superbike Championship and, between them, two hard but exciting years in the Moto2™ World Championship…sometimes battling at the front and with a pole position at the French Grand Prix…Kenny takes us along for an amazing ride and, after a horrible crash, an equally amazing recovery-in-progress. Wayne Rainey, another rider who knows the difficulties of overcoming a life-changing injury, writes, “I have known Dennis, Kenny’s father, since the mid-1980s, and my earliest memories of Kenny are of a young boy. Years later I found out that I was one of his heroes, and now he is one of mine.”

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Superbike Island

Twenty years ago, on Thursday this week a knight in shining armour rode to the rescue at Donington and we have never looked back. Dressed in yellow and white leathers, sporting an ear ring, wearing a flamboyant helmet and riding number 46, a four-cylinder 500cc two-stroke steed – a 21-year-old Italian sponsored by a brewing giant turned the sport on its head with his very first victory in the premier class.

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Pole positions decided for season opener

The opening pole position in FIM Moto3™ JWCh went to David Salvador (Cuna de Campeones) whose time of 1:44.591 in the first qualifying session went unbeaten in the afternoon. Pedro Acosta (MT-Foundation 77) came within a tenth of a second of his first ever pole, qualifying second, with Diogo Moreira (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Junior Team), the only Brazilian rider in the field, claiming third on the grid for his first ever race in the class.

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