The history of motorcycle racing began with the development of the internal combustion gasoline engine in the second half of the 19th century. The development of motorcycling sport largely paralleled and often coincided with the development of automobile sports. There was a class for motorcycles in many of the old town-to-town automobile road races. The first motorcycle race involving exclusively two wheel designs occurred at Surrey, England, in 1897. The sport quickly became popular in both Europe and the United States. The Fédération Internationale du Motocyclisme (now the Fédération Internationale Motocycliste (FIM)) was founded in 1904. The first international cup race took place in 1905 at Dourdan, France.
Grand Prix racing for motorcycles started in the United States soon after auto racing resumed after the end of World War I. The first european motorcycle-racing, Belgian Grand Prix dates from 1921. The early days of track racing sprung many variants along the way. Today, you can find various types of motorbike racing. Speedway racing evolved from originally European Grand Prix races. Motocross racing was introduced in the late 1940s and early ’50s, and by the ’60s it had become a popular spectator sport. The motorcycle road-racing World Championships were established in 1949 and the FIM has organized annual Motocross World Championships since the 1950s. Specialized closed circuit road tracks, beginning in the 1970s as "MotoGP”.