Motorsport, motor sports or motor racing is a general term used to cover the world of professional motor sports competitions that involve the use of vehicles, usually motorized, for competitive racing or exhibition-based competition. The first international motor sports competition took place at the Lebrea international motor sports event in Italy in 1977, with the first round of the World Touring Championship taking place there. The sport has grown in popularity over the years and today there are an estimated total of 365 different countries in which motor sports are held. Most of the largest motorsport events in the world take place in Europe. There are several different championships and events in the United States, Canada and South America that are considered as important and popular international motor sports events. Some of these include the Rolex Grand Prix of America, the Dakar rally in Venezuela, the Formula One championship, the Motorbike Grand Prix of India, the rallying circuit of rallycross in Japan, and the European Touring Car Championship.
Motorcycling is one of the most well-known and well-loved forms of motorsport and one of the most popular spectator sports in the world. It is also the second most popular form of motor racing in the world behind Formula One. The Motorcycle Grand Prix of Europe is held every year and is the most famous motorcycle race in the world outside of Formula One. Motor cycles from all over the world are able to take part in this prestigious event due to the unique setting of its tracks at the Circuit de Monheim in Spa Eurosport.
Motorbikes are able to compete in the Formula One World Championship, which was the first series racing in Japan ever made possible. In addition to being the most famous motorcycle race in the world, Formula One is the most watched race in the world. The series has expanded into other countries such as the United States, Canada and Mexico, but it is still considered to be the most famous. The two series have a long history and a long future ahead of them. Many countries outside of Europe have become interested in motorbikes racing, but the two series are by far the dominant ones in North America. There is no doubt that motorsport is the most popular spectator sport in the world today, and these two series will keep this status for many years to come.