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GP Week : Issue 147
Never mind the buzz-bikes: the smaller classes have all gone four-stroke now, and the prospects for good racing are strong enough to pacify outraged tradition and gratify the rule-makers and fans alike. Moto2 returns for a third year, and with no significant changes to the one-size-fits-all regulations, it will be the same knockabout fun. Moto3 is brand new, and the final nail in the coffin of the traditional grand prix classes. After 63 years the 125s and their two-stroke engines have been consigned to the museum. In their place, an all-new generation of lightweight learner-bikes, four-stroke and 250cc. Again, tests suggest that racing will be fierce while the 33-strong entry list preserves grid numbers – the same number of permanent entries as in Moto2. One other thing hasn’t changed too much, give or take some wastage to promotion: the names at the top of the list. Moto2 has the same favourite as last year, although Marc Marquez failed at the final hurdle through injury. And Moto3 has fellow Spaniard Maverick Vinales tipped for the title. ALL DIFFERENT AND MORE OF THE SAME PREVIEW: MOTO2 AND MOTO3 MICHAEL SCOTT looks at the smaller MotoGP classes as they rev up for action 26 GPWEEK.com // MOTOGP >>> FEATURE