HISTORY: An FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix was first organized by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme in 1949. From the mid-1970s through to 2001, the top class of GP racing allowed 500cc displacement with a maximum of four cylinders. In 2002, rule changes were introduced to facilitate the phasing out of the 500cc two-strokes. The premier class was rebranded MotoGP, as manufacturers were to choose between running two-stroke engines up to 500 cc or four-strokes up to 990cc. In 2007, the MotoGP class had its maximum engine displacement capacity reduced to 800cc for a minimum of five years. In 2012, the MotoGP engine capacity was increased again to 1,000cc. Source: Wikipedia
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