Weighing just 140kg, the Moto2 prototype is a motorcycle equivalent of a Formula 2 car.
Powered by a 140HP engine from a Honda CBR600RR, the bike is build from prototype components, including a lightweight aluminium chassis manufactured by Kalex, the most successful chassis provider in the Moto2 World Championship. Much lighter and stiffer than on tuned road bikes (like the almost 30 kg heavier World Supersport machines) it allows the riders to post significantly faster lap times and use riding style much more similar to that of the blue riband MotoGP class.
The chassis is complemented by Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes with Dunlop’s dedicated slick tyres for the dry and heavily grooved “wets” for rain conditions. The bodywork is made from a lightweight yet resistant carbon fibre.
With riders of both the European and World Moto2 Championship using spec-engines and similar chassis, both series enjoy incredibly close and exciting racing. Getting to grips with the stiff and uncompromising prototype isn’t easy though. That’s why the Moto2 class, a stepping stone to MotoGP, is dedicated to the most talented up-and-coming stars from around the world. Several experienced World Supersport riders failed to master the demanding Moto2 prototypes in the past.
Moto2 racers are allowed to use the sophisticated data recording systems, with dozens of sensors monitoring all key aspect of the bike, from the engine performance through suspension work and brake pressures. Data analysis after each session helps the young riders to up their pace and improve the lap times.