Moto GP Championship

Championship

Championnat

Peak of the Pyramid

Established in 1949 under the aegis of the International Motorcycling Federation, the world speed championships are the peak of the pyramid in motorcycle sports. The competition of course has changed over the years, particularly with regard to the different categories that make up its program. Today, there are three such categories: MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. MotoGP is the premier class, with the best riders in the world. The machines are prototypes with a 100 cc, 4-stroke engine. 

Moto2, created in 2010 to succeed the 250 cc 2-stroke engine class, consists of motorcycles with a free chassis and a single 600 cc 4-stroke engine, provided by the promoter of the championship. Moto3 has replaced the 125 category since 2012. Moto3 pits machines against each other equipped with a prototype chassis and a single-cylinder 4-stroke 250 cc engine. 

The contenders in the Moto2 and the Moto3 championships are mainly young riders who are cutting their teeth at the international level. The MotoGP World Championship features 18 Grands Prix organized from March to November. Each event takes place on the same format: free practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, warm-ups and races on Sunday. A qualifying session is organized on Saturday afternoon to determine the starting grids consisting of lines of three riders. Points are awarded to the first 15 riders to cross the finish line. The one who has the most at the end of the season is awarded the title of world champion.