What Is The Difference Between MotoGP, Moto2 And Moto3?

In this post, we’ll share information about the differences between MotoGP, Moto2 And Moto3 Classes.

In simple words, Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) includes three racing classes where Moto2 and Moto3 are the preceding leagues to the Premier championship, MotoGP.

MotoGP class has the best riders and motorcycles in the world with big sponsors behind their team.


What Are The Different MotoGP Classes?

Differences Between MotoGP, Moto2 And Moto3
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Let’s take a look at different bikes in Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP.

The chassis/frame of all classes are prototypes and the engines of the MotoGP, Moto3 bikes are also prototypes but the Moto2 bikes use the production-based engine.

Moto3 bikes use 250 CC with a one cylinder 60 horsepower engine.

Moto2 bikes use a 765 CC three cylinders engine with around 140 horsepower.

MotoGP bikes have four cylinders 1000 CC maximum engine capacity that put out around 250 horsepower.

The rules in MotoGP specify a minimum combined bike and rider weight in Moto3 of 152 kilos and 270 kilograms in Moto2.

For MotoGP, there is only a minimum bike weight of 157 kilograms and rider weight is not counted.

The top speeds exceed 245 KM/H in Moto3, 295 KM/H in Moto3, and a whopping 350 KM/H in MotoGP

Checkout the summary table below:

Chasis

ClassChasis
MotoGPPrototype
Moto2Prototype
Moto3Prototype

Engine

ClassEngine (All 4-Strokes)
MotoGP1000CC 4cylinder with approximately 250 Horsepower
Moto2765CC Triumph 3 cylinder with approximately 140 Horsepower
Moto3250CC one cylinder with approximately 60 Horsepower

Weight

ClassWeight
MotoGP157 KG (Bike only as rider weight not counted)
Moto2217 KG (Bike+Rider)
Moto3152 KG (Bike+Rider)

Top Speed

ClassTop Speed
MotoGP> 350 KM/H
Moto2> 295 KM/H
Moto3> 245 KM/H

Additional Information

Moto3

Moto3 is one of the most exciting class as it is competitive and it is not dominated by the best riders and/or teams.

This class is quite similar to MotoGP where teams are allowed to use engines from different manufacturers and it is also cheaper for teams to participate.

The minimum age for the Moto3 class normally is 16, and cannot be older than 28 years, or 25 years for new contracted riders participating for the first time and wild-cards

Moto2

In Moto2, all bikes use Triumph 765 CC engines and big teams in MotoGP usually have a presence in Moto2. As the engines are the same, the suspension becomes a breakpoint in combination for great horsepower.

Usage of carbon brake discs are banned in Moto2 and only steel brake discs are allowed. However, there are no chassis limitations.

This class usually used to developed riders, techs, mechanics who earn their experience to venture into MotoGP.

MotoGP

In MotoGP, teams has the freedom to tune their machine as they wish but it is an expensive class for teams to participate and the big manufacturer like Honda, Yamaha, Ducati has been dominating the scene.


What is the difference between MotoGP and Superbike (SBK)?

MotoGP bikes are prototypes (experimental) machines that are custom made for their class and they are not made to be sold to the public.

On the other hand, Superbike (SBK) is road bikes that have been specially tuned for racing.

MotoGP bikes are faster if you compare it with SBK.


How Much HP Do MotoGP Bikes Have?

MotoGP has approximately 250 Horsepower and it can exceed 350 KM/H.


How To Watch MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 Races Online?

You can watch all the qualifying and races by following the instructions at the link below:

MotoGP Live Streaming 2021: How To Watch All Races Online