The cut-and-thrust, chop-and-change and general craziness of Moto3 is a tough playground and ‘school’ for MotoGP’s brightest young talents. Podium battles often involving up to ten riders and more are the norm on the pacey 250cc four-stroke motorcycles. How does it feel to be in the middle of it all? And how satisfying is it to emerge from an intense and stressful scrap with the taste of rostrum champagne?
The motorcycle world championship represents a very particular group of travelers: 18 races per year, seven of which are overseas. Each time, hundreds of tons of materials and equipment have to be set up, dismantled, packed away and then unpacked again. A logistical masterclass.
When a Motorcycle World Championship rider comes to a new race course that was previously unknown to them, this is a delicate ride of discovery. Brad Binder from the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 Team describes how he manages this task.
At nineteen years of age Moto3 racer Karel Hanika has to grow up quickly. The grin, locks and carefree demeanour of the youngster was given leeway in 2014 to learn the ropes of the unforgiving entry category in MotoGP, but as part of the Red Bull KTM Ajo crew for a second year the spotlight is getting warmer.
From almost 200mph to studies of tooth decay: MO brings an unusual lifestyle blend to Red Bull KTM but the Ajo crew could have landed themselves another title contender – meet Miguel Oliveira.
When it comes to Moto3, KTM uses a steel tube chassis, produced by Kalex, to insert the powerful 250cc engine. We visited the light metal specialists, located in Augsburg, and checked what makes the aluminium chassis and engine such a brilliant combination.