Trizzle’s Take – Moto3 Better Than MotoGP?

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No disrespect to Dani Pedrosa, but I was really hoping Marc Marquez was going to win the Czech round of the MotoGP championship this past weekend. It would have been his 11th win in a row, a record-breaking achievement, surpassing none other than Giacomo Agostini. More to the point, it would have strengthened my argument about the 2014 MotoGP season so far: the racing has been kinda boring. It’s not Marc’s fault; the kid is amazingly talented and will surely receive Hall of Fame status when he eventually hangs up his leathers. Sure, the resurgent Rossi has been inspiring to watch, and other riders (Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Aleix Espargaro) have shown flashes of brilliance, but c’mon, at the end of the day, we all know Marquez is going to wrap this thing up.

That’s why I’ve turned to Moto3. Did you see this weekend’s action? Those 249cc four-stroke Singles may be the lowest class of the MotoGP championship, but don’t call them slow (it’s not unusual for a Moto3 machine to clock 150 mph trap speeds!) and definitely don’t call them boring. For much of the Brno race, the leading pack of riders was 17 deep ! Heck, there are weekends where an AMA Superbike race will be lucky just to have that many bikes entered.

Moto3 grids are typically 30 bikes deep, and it’s not unusual to see about half the field battling for the top three spots on the podium in the last five laps.

Here’s what makes the class so appealing to me: the Moto3 youngsters (many are teenagers; all are kicked out of the class on their 28th birthday) don’t have any concept of the word patience. From the moment the lights go out, it’s bar-banging action from beginning to end. As you move up the ladder in motorcycle racing, tactics and gamesmanship rule the day. In Moto3, it’s brute force from the start of the race until the checkers drop.

Championship points leader, Australian, Jack Miller, is piloting a factory KTM, the machine everyone wanted to be on last year as it was clearly ahead of the Hondas and Mahindras. This year, however, both the respective Japanese and Indian (yes, Indian) motorcycle companies have stepped up their game, bringing the fight directly to the Austrian KTM at every round. All three makes are fighting at the front during every round, and while the Mahindra has yet to win a race, its handful of podium finishes suggest it’s only a matter of time. So, not only do you have fearless riders going at it every lap, but also there’s an exciting manufacturer’s battle going on, too.

Romano Fenati (5), Alex Marquez (12), and Jack Miller (8) are three of the many personalities to watch in Moto3. Livio Loi (11) is all of 17 years old and should be a name to watch in the coming years.

Then, of course, you have the personalities. There are three that catch my attention. The aforementioned Miller exhibits the charm Aussie riders are known for: He’s daring when he needs to be, fearless in all conditions, and he’s always good for a quote or two after the race. He’s even rumored to be in for a MotoGP seat next season, skipping the intermediate Moto2 class entirely.

Alex Marquez, second in the points chase, is the younger brother to one Marc Marquez. He’s generally quiet and composed on the grid, but when the visor goes down, he’s all business. The elder Marquez brother has even stated on occasion he thinks Alex is the more talented one. If Marc’s right, the rest of the GP field is in trouble.

Lastly, there’s Romano Fenati. Riding for the VR46 team, there’s a certain amount of pressure laid on you when your boss is Valentino Rossi. Fenati handles the pressure in stride, using his aggressive style to barge his way to the front if he even thinks he has a sniff at the podium. It makes for great racing from a fan’s perspective, while his competitors know they’re in for a handful if he’s anywhere around.

When you get a bunch of youngsters together and accidents happen, tempers are bound to flare. I’m not entirely sure what good will come of punching someone wearing a helmet and leathers, but it sure makes for good entertainment!

I’ve been watching motorcycle racing for a long time, and if you ask me, some of the best racing action in recent years has come from the 2014 Moto3 class. A spectator is never sure who will win the race, as there are at least 12 guys with a legitimate shot at the top step. If that’s not exciting, I don’t know what is. Sure, I’ll continue to watch the other two classes, but when I want guaranteed excitement from my racing, I know I don’t have to look any farther than Moto3.

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  • JD

    I could not agree with you more. As an avid WSBK fan I have been dreading watching any MotoGP race knowing that there are four possible contenders for first place, but my innate passion for racing forces me to watch the race and I only find that the Moto3 series has true racing and, to a lesser degree, R&D involved. It’s too bad that MotoGP is more about manufacturer’s wallets and personalities than racing talent.

  • Old MOron

    If you’ve only recently turned to Moto 3, all I can say is, “What took you so long?”

  • DavidyArica Freire

    Moto3 is awesome! It takes some good ole racing talent, strategy, and brutte force to make it. MotoGP is ok but when you have the best rider in the paddock on the best bike available others are merely waiting for a mistake.

  • http://www.motorcycle.com/ Sean Alexander

    I’d place them in a draw. Moto3 is incredible and has more passing, no doubt, but MotoGP has a lot of drama too + HORSEPOWER!

  • fastfreddie

    I think Moto2 is also very good to watch for racing.Maybe not the mayhem of Moto3,but certainly better racing than MotoGP.

    Good article.

    • TroySiahaan

      Moto2 started out as a must-watch class, with the top 20 guys within a second of each other. Now, Rabat and Kallio are the top of the field, and their MarcVDS team is head and shoulders above the rest. That combo has been dominating this season. If they (or at least the team) move up to MotoGP, it might give everyone else a chance to make Moto2 exciting again.

  • Bruce Allen

    Moto3 provides the most competitive first group, sometimes six or eight deep. They also lap at the same speeds, give or take, as the Vance and Hines series AMA bikes. I agree, much better competition than in MotoGP.

    • TroySiahaan

      Having raced an XR1200 Harley before, I would argue it’s perhaps more impressive the Harleys lap at the same speeds as Moto3 bikes.

  • Peter Nicolson

    Moto3 is a spectacle ..underrated yet carries most of the action

  • mudgun

    I’m siding with Troy on this one. I usually have to record the races so I get to choose which I watch first. Moto-Gp is always first. Next is Moto-2 with great hopes for a good race. Then the highlight – Moto-3. There’s nothing else comes close.