10 things you didn’t know about Moto GP riders

Name a sport that’s more exciting than Moto GP.

Isn’t easy, is it?

However, even if you’re a big fan of two-wheeled motorsport, we reckon there are probably still a few things you don’t know about the riders.

With that in mind, we’ve picked out ten facts about Moto GP riders that will surprise, raise a smile and give you something to talk about at your next meet!

1. The best fuel? Why, pasta and rice, of course!

Food plays a big part in Moto GP. The wrong meal on the night before a big race can cause stomach cramps and undue stress when stuck in the race position.

This is why most riders will opt for brown pasta or rice with chicken and tuna as their fuel of choice.

2. Riders spend 180 days away from home every year

The Moto GP season usually lasts for nine months, and that means the riders are often away for around half of the year.

We don’t doubt that they get plenty of sightseeing opportunities, but with riders claiming there isn’t a huge amount of downtime, they’re clearly spending long periods away from their families every year.

3. Bicycles are vitally important

Bikes without engines are a big part of Moto GP.

No, really - most riders do a significant amount of cycling in order to stay fit. It’s generally favoured over running for building fitness, due to the fact cycling is low impact, thus giving the body a well-deserved rest.

4. Bikes are largely about data

The Moto GP bikes of old were purely machines, but the modern variant is essentially a big, two-wheeled computer.

There’s around 500 data channels on a Moto GP bike that monitor everything for riders and the team back at base, meaning modern riders need to have a keen eye for the techy side of the sport.

5. They wear very special leather

Moto GP riders don’t simply pop on the leathers you’d don for your Sunday ride. Theirs contain extra protection to shield from high-speed crashes.

In particular, the elbows, shoulders, forearms, knuckles and palms all benefit from significantly more padding than us enthusiasts are used to!

6. It’s all about the Kangaroo leather

Lots of Moto GP leathers are actually made from Kangaroo.

Seriously tough, this form of leather is thinner than you’d expect, but is also incredibly flexible to enable greater freedom of movement on the bike.

7. Corner tyre contract is BONKERS

When a Moto GP rider hits the corners, they usually have a 55 degree lean. That means the contact patch of the tyre is probably no bigger than a 50p piece.

Yikes.

8. Sweaty. Very sweaty.

During a particularly heavy race, Moto GP riders have been known to lose up to two litres of sweat. This typically happens in warmer countries like Malaysia where the humidity is particularly high, causing higher stress on the body.

9. The bikes are heavier than you think

Moto GP bikes weigh around 25 stone, which is double the weight of an average adult male.

That’s a lot of weight to throw into those corners, isn’t it? No wonder pro riders spend a huge amount of time in the gym!

10. Their average speed is silly-high

A Moto GP rider averages 100MPH during races.

Think about that for a moment; think how often they’ll breach that speed and just how fast they’ll be going through corners to achieve the average.

Super humans? Not half!

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