Bikes exciting, cars interesting

Dear Nigel,
I fear the podium of excitement in motor sport may currently be populated by MotoGP, World Superbikes and British Superbikes. Would you agree that the motorcycle format, with more overtaking and the rider’s efforts visible, is the most exciting thing on TV right now?
Doug Harris


Dear Doug,
Stirling Moss recently told me he found MotoGP racing ‘exciting’ and Formula 1 ‘interesting’, and I knew exactly what he meant. In F1, let’s face it, we very rarely get no-holds-barred racing such as Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa put on every weekend, it seems.

That said, it’s hardly surprising that there’s more overtaking with bikes than cars: for one thing, aerodynamics and ‘dirty air’ play no part at all, so it’s easily possible to go through a corner right on the rear wheel of the bike in front of you; for another, if you’re on a bike a race track is a very wide place!

About the only aspect of MotoGP racing that I don’t like is that, unlike F1, traction control is permitted. The great riders hate it, just as the great drivers used to hate it, because it is a great ‘equaliser’ of skills, and that surely can never be a good thing. Apparently, though, it’s there to stay.


November 2019
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