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MotoGP Qatar 2012: Moto3 Vs 125cc, analysis
MotoGP Qatar 2012: Moto3 Vs 125cc, analysis

The 2012 season will be remembered forever as the first of the 21st century in which two-stroke engines were shut down forever in the MotoGP World Championship. But since Motorpasión Moto we are going to keep the hole motors on a little longer since we have done an analysis comparing their times with those who made this past weekend the new motorcycles of the category of Moto3 at Qatar Grand Prix.

To make the comparison we have taken the Reference Data of three specific years in which it was run in Losail with 125: 2004, the first year in which the Qatar Grand Prix was held (well, the SAR would let us say Qatar) and that it was held during daylight hours, with a lot of heat; 2008, first year in which the race was carried out at night and 2011, last in which the 125 stepped on the circuit.

In the following tables you can see the better times of each session as well as the best partials marked, with which we have calculated the ideal lap that could have been given in that session. We have added the maximum speed set and at the end, the total race time needed to complete the race distance (a total of 18 laps in the four years).

Maverick Viñales

GP Qatar 2004: 125cc - Daytime:

Grand Prize Winner: Jorge Lorenzo - 39'11.620

Qatar GP 2008: 125cc - Night:

Grand Prize Winner: Sergio Gadea - 38'09.444

GP Qatar 2011: 125cc - Night:

Grand Prize Winner: Nicolás Terol - 38'28.687

Qatar GP 2012: Moto3 - Night:

Grand Prize Winner: Maverick Viñales - 38'40.995

Sandro Cortese

The first year, 2004, the pilots found the very dirty and slippery track due to the lack of rubber and the large amount of sand deposited in it. As the years passed, the times descended. At 2008 the times dropped as much as the temperature, thanks to the fact that, as we said, it was the first year in which it was run at night. The times set in QP2 by Bradley Smith (2'05.242) and in the race by Scott Redding (2'05.695) were the fastest and record lap of the circuit respectively and they remained unchanged until the disappearance of the championship from last year. The data collected from 2011 has been used because a large part of the pilots have continued in the category and with it, the comparison is more objective than with those of 2008 in which many riders are already in the Moto2 category.

Let's see directly compared the 2008 and 2011 seasons of 125 and 2012 of Moto3:

Nico Terol

The The biggest difference between the 125cc and the Moto3 right now is in the acceleration and top speed, but not when cornering. That is why there is so much difference in the T1 and T4 partials, the two fastest of the Losail Circuit and yet they are very close in T2 and T3. Even the difference in Q2 compared to last year is only 25 thousandths comparing the two best partials.

Regarding the top speed, we have taken into account two speeds because in the race and with the slipstreams, the measurement can be falsified. Right now Moto3 are about 7 km / h slower than 125cc compared to 2011 but almost 12 km / h when compared to 2008.

Qatar split times

What we all think we have more or less clear is that racing is just as fun than the 125cc and the room for improvement is very high. In addition, and according to the pilots, they are easier to set up and with it, the races will still be tighter and with fewer differences among all, in the style of Moto2.

We all remember the first races of the intermediate category in which some called it Trasto2 and over time, they have rolled faster than 250cc but also making the races much more entertaining with 15 or 20 drivers running in the same second.

In a few months we will see how the Moto3 perform and if they have been improving and getting closer to 125cc.

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