Here's how a race pans out in MotoGP 07: start at the back of the grid, overtake the entire field by the first bend, plough off the track, flip into the air like a rag doll, get back on the bike and repeat until the end of the race.
That's a simplified summary, but it's fair to say there's a steep learning curve. Despite a few brief training modules, the only real way to master staying on the track is to put in hours of practice. Whether you'll do this will depend on how patient you are, and whether you have a decent analogue joypad: playing this with a keyboard is akin to trying to plait snot.
How much of a simulation you want it to be is up to you; the game is almost infinitely tweakable, with finding the right balance something of a challenge in itself. Despite having the same pitfalls as pretty much every two-wheeled racing game ever made, there is a decent game trying to get out here, with a fully fledged Grand Prix career mode and even an Extreme mode enabling you to buy bikes and swap parts in your workshop.
As ever, the AI riders stick to the racing line like shit to a blanket, but there is a 16-player online option. If you can find anyone else playing it.
What's another year?