What is the difference between MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3? For a simple straightforward answer Moto GP includes all three classes of motorcycles. Moto 2 and 3 are preceding leagues to the major professional GP. The Moto 2 and Moto 3 leagues are step stone championships to Moto GP, with Moto 3 gaining more popularity from fans than Moto 2.
- Moto 3 includes 250cc 4 stroke bikes
- Moto 2 includes 600cc 4 strokes, with all engines made from Honda.
- Moto GP INCLUDES 1,000CC 4 stroke prototypes, with 240+ horsepower, and 200+ mph.
Moto GP holds the best riders and machines in the world with the top sponsors and companies like Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Ducati amongst others. In the lower classes, slow bikes can win races if setup correctly, so tuning-up, experimentation and skill make for very entertaining and surprising race.
In Moto 2 all bikes use Honda 600 engines and Dunlop tires. The chassis are designed by different companies but similar in design. Moto GP teams like Honda and Yamaha usually have a presence in Moto 2. Teams are called differently like the Yamaha having the Tech 3 team on Moto 2.
As all the engines in Moto 2 are the same, suspension becomes a break point factor in combination for greater horse power. Horse Power affects the suspension and induces tank slappers or highsides.
Asides from the uniform engines, Moto 2 allows all other features to be modifiable except the brake which have to be stainless steel, like in road bikes.
The league is used to develop riders but also techs and mechanics who earn their experience to rise into Moto GP. Engineers tend to stick with the riders if they transition into other teams, such is the case of Valentino Rossi and Jeremy Burgess.
Considered by many to be one of the most exciting racing championships for its competitiveness, compared to the low powered Moto 2 and Overpowered Moto GP that tends to be dominated by the best combination of teams and riders.
Moto 3 has a stronger similarity to Moto GP for having more freedom in the use of engines from different manufacturers. The engine has a lot of say in the bike performance and ability to win races.
The bikes in this series are highly customized in terms of position of the swingarm pivot and so on, Moto 2 bikes are very basic and uniform. Another peculiarity of Moto 3 racing is the lack of power, which makes racing a close quarter between riders and more speed needs to be maintained during corners rather than relying in acceleration.
Moto 3 and 2 are also cheaper for some manufacturers and teams to participate. Riders can also test their skills in these competitions were the very best get drafted into Moto GP. Those talented enough that cannot manage to get into Moto GP can compete in these leagues. KTM is a motorcycle manufacturer from Australia that is rising inside the leagues into Moto GP.
In Moto GP, teams are free to tune their bike as they want. But as freely as it seems, it remains too expensive for a variety of teams to enter, with Yamaha and Honda dominating the scene while in the lower leagues, despite Yamaha still being dominant, teams like KTM are strong.
What about AMA Racing?
AMA racing is not related to Moto GP, itis an American biking series. It stands for American Motorcyclist Association. Its equivalent in the UK would be BSB, the British Super Bike championship.
Americans are greatly unrepresented in the Moto GP with the most recent champion being Nicky Hayden in 2006, a rider that won with skill and a bit of luck.
Betting on Moto GP, Moto 2 and 3
All three championships can be followed online, check out Motorbike betting options at William Hill online were users can follow the latest races.