MotoGP » Moto3 engine crackdown for 2014

'...The engines will be sealed and distributed randomly by the Technical Director and will become the property of the teams, with no requirement for them to be returned under any “service contract”.'

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rocco - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 5:08 PM

At the onset Honda proudly boasting about their reverse cylinder config blah blah blah.KTM have really whupped Honda's ass in moto3. I'm not surprised about these new regulations..


April 10, 2013 1:52 AM

When will performance be a priority in these 3 classes? 6 single-cylinder engines for 18 races!? Really? Singles tend to need more attention than multi-cyl, albeit with fewer components to consider. How expensive is it really, when there's so few pieces to design/test? I can understand the cost saving principle in MotoGP, but not in this class.

bucksboy - Unregistered

April 10, 2013 8:50 AM

Agreed. It's a shame the rev limit is due to be reduced. If
these engines are producing peak torque already,
this means less power and lower performance,
presumably in the interests of lower costs. As this is
already a highly competitive class with 30+ entrants
I would have thought attracting yet more entrants
was not the issue!


April 10, 2013 8:00 PM
Last Edited 1116 days ago

re: "How expensive is it really, when there's so few pieces to design/test? I can understand the cost saving principle in MotoGP, but not in this class"

that's what i'm screamin'. let these guys have a friggin' field day. be good preparation for those teams aspiring to branch up into the higher classes. having only 1 piston, 1 conrod, and 1 crankshaft means it's inherently SELF-LIMITING.

what, do we think the boys of M3 are going to stumble on to technology F1's engine boffins have never seen before...? puuhlease.

Brian Ford - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 8:54 AM

Every article about Moto3 (or any other category) should start with '125cc' or whatever is appropriate. I am 30 mins into searching Wikpedia and Google trying to find out the engine size of Moto3. I have read of MotoGP increasing from 800 to 1000cc but nothing about Moto2 or 3. Make it easy on those of us who don't keep our eyes on the sport. If you want too see new supporters (and who doesn't) please assume that you are writing for a broader audience, not just the 'afficionados'.

pp916 - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 10:41 AM

Wondered how long it would be before Honda started to exert their influence......didn't take long once they started getting whupped by KTM, they're not good losers, this has shades of Aprilia showing them their as*ses in 250 & 125.....look where that ended up.

bucksboy - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 4:13 PM

@Brian Ford: if you enter 'Moto3' into Google
the second option, headed 'Grand Prix motorcycle
racing-Wikipedia' is sub-headed 'It is currently divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. ... In 2012, 125 cc two-strokes were replaced by the Moto3 250 cc four-stroke class with ..'

@pp916: not sure what Honda in particular have to
gain by a rev limit reduction, which will tend to reduce the output of their engine in pretty much the same degree as KTM's or Mahindra's, i.e. about 2bhp. The most likely explanation is that all the manufacturers have agreed on this as part of a progressive cost reduction programme. But the racing will still be as madly competitive as ever :-)

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