The Moto3 class is a 4-stroke, 250cc, single-cylinder class that replaced the 125cc GP category in 2012. It is yet another class in the enthralling world of Grand Prix racing which accompanies the leading class of Road Racing Championship, MotoGP. Similarly, it is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and also uses purpose built bikes for racing.

It acts as a stepping stone for newly signed riders with fresh talent to the premier class, MotoGP. Riders in the Moto3 class cannot be older than 28 years, or 25 years for new contracted riders participating for the first time and wild-cards. The youngest rider competing full-time in Moto3 in 2015 is Fabio Quartararo, who was 15 years and 343 days old when he made his Grand Prix debut in Qatar, at the same time becoming the youngest ever rider to compete in the Moto3 class.

The Moto3 class follows Moto GP’s event calendar, traditionally taking the track first being the smallest category, with the Moto2 class following and then finally the MotoGP event. Make no mistake though, the Moto3 class is a highly charged race wrought with adrenaline and emotion and witnesses its share of incidents. Earlier this year, Italian Romano Fenati had a costly meltdown during a morning warm-up session in Argentina where during the race, he kicked at another competitor, Finn. Still furious at the end of the session, Romano switched off Niklas Ajo’s bike (who then made his feelings known by flipping him off), which earned him a three-point penalty which meant that he had to start at the back of the grid. Spanning 18 of the most spectacular circuits in motorsports today, the 2015 season begins with an opener at the Losail international circuit in Qatar and goes on to other tracks in the USA, Argentina, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, San Marino, Japan, Australia and Malaysia.