The Difference Between MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3

Grand Prix Motorcycle racing, also known as MotoGP, is a popular motorsport championship that is held annually. Sanctioned by the FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) this racing sport was started in 1949, and since then, it has become very popular attracting fans from all over the world. The bikes used in MotoGP are especially designed for racing, and are all prototypes, meaning they can’t be replicated. Furthermore, they are unavailable for purchase to the public, and can’t be ridden legally on the streets.

MotoGP is currently segmented into 3 classes: MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3. All these classes use 4-stroke engines ranging from 250cc to 1000cc.

MotoGP

This is the premier class of Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing, and the most popular in motorsport. It hosts the annual MotoGP World Championship, an event that sees riders from all over the world battle it out to be champion. It boasts some of the elite constructors including Ducati, Aprilia, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, and KTM. The tires are specially designed by Michelin. Here, bikes of up to 1000cc., are used to race. The current championship is held by Marc Marquez of Honda.

Moto2

Moto2 is a middle-class racing championship that hosts the annual Moto2 World Championship series. This series has some middle-tier constructors including KTM, Suter, Tech 3, Kalex and Speed Up. Tyres are supplied by only Dunlop. In this category, riders use high-performance bikes of up to 600cc. Kalex holds the current championship under their driver, Johann Zarco.

Moto3

Lastly, we have Moto3 which is the base championship in Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing. Riders in this category participate in the annual Moto3 World Championship event. The constructors in this category are Mahindra, Peugeot, KTM, and Honda, while tires are supplied exclusively by Dunlop. The current champion is Brad Binder, a South African signed under KTM