MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 race bikes differ in these key ways

The best riders in the world do not arrive in MotoGP by accident. With only 24 places available on the Grand Prix grid, achieving a first class seat is no adventure for the meek. In the past, riders could access MotoGP through various routes, including the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) and the AMA Superbike Championship.

These days most of the top talent moves up the Grand Prix ladder, progressing through Lightweight and Intermediate classes before competing in MotoGP. So what is the difference between Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP motorcycles? In a word, Cut. Sure, weight and power increase with these swell measurements, but there’s more to the equation than the spec sheets suggest.

For example, a Moto3 race bike harnesses a 250cc, 60-hp, single-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed transmission. These stripped-down models may seem unremarkable by these measurements, but the category’s 335-pound minimum weight restriction (including the pilot) turns these pocket rockets into fully pinned missiles on sprawling Grand Prix circuits. For context, the Honda and KTM machines primarily compete for the series championship.

The Moto2 class is raising the stakes and specs with a 765cc inline triple produced by Triumph. A six-speed gearbox remains standard, but the highly tuned Speed ​​​​Triple mill produces 138 horsepower in Moto2 form. As Triumph only supplies the mid-class powertrain, organizers split the field according to chassis, with Kalex and Speed ​​Up/Boscoscuro teams and riders vying for Moto2 supremacy. Regardless of brand, all Moto2 race machines must weigh more than 478 pounds (weight includes rider).

When it’s time to step up to the next category, things go awry for the resort. Sure, MotoGP machines offer engines up to 1,000cc (inline-four or V4), over 250 horsepower and a minimum weight of 446 pounds (rider not included) on paper, but they’re much more complicated on the page. To manage all the forces exerted on the bike and the rider, Aprilia, Ducati, Honda, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha have to develop advanced technologies.

The list includes aero fins, carbon brake systems, punch-through devices, seamless gearboxes and ride height devices. Yes, size may be the main difference between Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP machines, but class one proves that with more power comes more trouble. Solving these problems usually leads to new advanced technologies, something that is only developed in MotoGP.

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