Gearing Up: 10 Must-Know Terms For The Rookie Moto3 Fan
Posted on: 23 September, 2016
Okay, so you're new to the Moto3 action but still can't keep your eyes off the screen? As a rookie fan, things can get a little confusing at times. Especially when you're around seasoned fans and have words like 'esses' and 'hole-shot' thrown at you. No worries – we're here to give you a head start into some of the most common terms in Moto3. So, the next time you’re talking to a fellow fan you can show off your knowledge like a pro!
A trick which involves stopping a bike suddenly to lift the rear wheel off the ground. The opposite of a wheelie; it's also known as a 'stoppie'.
The colloquial reference to a 'chicane' – that part of the track with two successive corners in opposite directions. It could be a left turn followed by a right turn or vice versa which makes it look like an 'S' from a bird’s-eye view.
The cubic capacity or quite simply the size of a bike's engine. This is usually measured in cubic centimeters (cc). For example, the MGP3O has a displacement of 250cc.
4. High Side
An epic jaw-dropping kind of crash that throws the rider off his bike – quite a spectacle among fans! It generally happens when the rear wheel loses traction, skids, and then suddenly regains traction, creating a large torque which flips the rider off.
The rider who leads the race into the first turn of the track is said to have 'taken the hole-shot'.
6. Lean angle
Riders tilt their bikes to a mind-boggling degree while they corner at high speeds. It’s commonplace for the knees and elbows of the rider to brush against the ground while they lean into a corner. The degree at which the rider tilts the bike is known as the lean angle.
Tyres with no tread and made of a soft compound – it gives just enough grip without slowing the bike down.
To 'slipstream another rider' is to follow them on a straight and use the flow of air around them to your advantage. Riders behind build up this momentum and ultimately overtake the riders ahead of them in an area of reduced pressure – like at a corner.
When a rider celebrates by 'popping a wheelie', the front wheel of the bike is lifted off the ground while the bike remains in motion. This continues to be one of the most popular stunts among racing fans.
10. Wild cards
And finally, wild cards are riders that don't race regularly with a team but enter one-off races.
Now that you're armed with a fair amount of 'MotoTalk', we're pretty sure you'll take the hole-shot in any racing conversation.