Until recently bike racing has, in technical terms, remained a poor relative of its four-wheeled counterparts. Formula One has brought its image and facilities up to modern corporate standard, supported by the major motor manufacturers. Equally the technology employed on the cars has accelerated and become more of a science than black art. Meanwhile, the lower budget bike series was largely the domain of Honda and Yamaha, where development rates were slow and utterly conventional.
Under the new MotoGP banner, however, the bike series has caught up and the exciting racing and more open attitude by the teams leaves it an attractive series for fans. But how do the bikes compared to their more developed and expensive four wheeled cousins?
Bikes have fundamentally different demands on them in order to make them lap around a track as fast as possible but, like the cars, they combine the need for a chassis, engine, electronics, aerodynamics and tyres. Each element has similarities and differences and in this analysis we look at each area to compare and contrast the modern MotoGP bike to a Formula One car.