Gravbike Racing generally consists of a solo rider on a grav bike of no more than a specific mass or volume racing over a given course.
Three forms of race are common:
- Speed Trials - Often in a straight line (Timed) or in Laps (by place at finish)
- Endurance Trials - Total distance travelled (often for a given amount of fuel)
- Agility Trials - Around a set course with many turns and level changes for a specific number of laps
Races may be regulated or unregulated and may have considerable prize money involved - especially if the media cover the event.
The creation of the first two Grav Bikes created the sport of Gravbike Racing. It has not looked back since. At its height the sport was heavily sponsored by media channels and various teams were owned by some of the greatest Nobles of the Imperium.
Gravbike Racing has always been seen as a risky sport. It isn't unheard of for riders to plunge to their deaths during races, or to meet grizzly ends when racers strike the sides of the unlicensed, but popular, canyon agility races.
Gravbike Racing is a lucrative sport for a few top designers and famous riders. At their career peaks annual incomes for riders of several million credits per annum are not unusual.
Gravbike Racing is a controversial sport. The betting on races, particularly on the survival of specific riders, can be intense and addicted fans may spend everything they have (and more) backing their favorites. The safety record, particularly in the unlicensed races, can be appalling.