Finally, after all this time following Moto2 and MotoGP, I watched my first Moto3 race, start to finish. I am one step closer to my ultimate goal of following each of the 3 classes of racing closely. And, of course, becoming the ultimate expert on all things moto. Up until now, I have not had the 3+ hours do dedicate to motorcycle racing so I omitted Moto3 from my viewing regimen. I mean, I do have a job, family and life. It seems a bit frivolous to while away my Sundays watching young motorcycle racers hone their craft when I could be doing something productive with my time. However, so many people have said that if you love motorcycle racing, you really must follow Moto3 because it is easily the most interesting and exciting competition to watch of the three classes. So now, I take the plunge into Moto3 and I am happy to report that it really is a super-interesting competition. Good bye, Sundays! At least until the season ends on November 18th.
I completely loved watching the super-tuned 250cc bikes and the tight packs of racers in the Qatar 2018 Moto3 race. I noticed a few interesting differences in Moto3 that I will highlight now:
Dang, these are young riders. The bulk of them seem to fall somewhere between 17 and 23 years old. What's cool about this is, I feel you get a chance to watch the future of the sport, which is a cool insight to have. In five years, these will be the racers we will watch in MotoGP. I like the idea of picking a favorite now that I will still have well into the future.
There are overtakes, overtakes, and more overtakes in Moto3. In the Qatar 2018 Moto3 race, the third place spot was occupied by so many different riders, so many different times. I like this type unpredictable and ever-changing competition. It really is an exciting class to watch. It's a free-for-all in a continuum, unlike some of the Moto2 and MotoGP races where a racer will find their spot in the pack and stay there the whole race. Moto3 seems to be anybody's guess.
Moto3 is the really stripped down version of motorcycle racing. There is less pomp and circumstance surrounding this class – it's just raw, gritty racing fun. Obviously, the Moto3 bikes aren't the same investment and asset that the premier class MotoGP bikes are and that seems to bring a whole different approach to the racing. If MotoGP is the million dollar wedding, Moto3 is the D.I.Y. backyard wedding. Both meaningful and important, but one has a whole different feeling and set of expectations.
Since I am still learning the racers and teams, I will save the specific observations for the next few races. I will be especially focused on the upcoming race in Austin, Texas, which I will be attending in person. I should have a gem or two to share from the live racing experience. Feel free to give me requests of things to look for while I'm there. I need some good assignments. Until next time, Moto people.