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Are MotoGP riders"real"athletes?

This is a discussion on Are MotoGP riders"real"athletes? within the MotoGP forums, part of the Racing category; I recently read an online sports blog that posed the question of whether Motorsports in general should be considered a ...


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Old 01-17-2009   #1
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Default Are MotoGP riders"real"athletes?

I recently read an online sports blog that posed the question of whether Motorsports in general should be considered a sport or just a competitive activity. The responses were mostly directed toward auto racing drivers and that you couldn't consider them to be athletes compared to Football players or Soccer players since they use a machine.While I do understand that point of view, I have to make the argument that pro Motorcycle racers are indeed"real"athletes. Muscling a 240 hp machine around a racetrack for 25 laps takes a great deal of strength as well as endurance. Some ride with injuries that would sideline an NFL football player for half a season! They cross train in motocross, bicycling and running among others. Even Michael Jordan speaks about the athletism of these riders. I consider them to be some of the finest athletes in the world. What do the rest of you think?
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