While F1 cars weigh nine times as much as the riders, MotoGP bikes are twice the weight of an average adult male and quite heavy to handle.
Petite riders argue how tall riders have an unfair advantage riding these enormous motorcycles. Big riders, on the other hand, focus on the concept of minimum weight for a bike and how setting a minimum weight would give the big riders a better chance to compete.
When Marco Simoncelli (183 cm/72 kg) and Valentino Rossi (182 cm/67 kg) made a proposal to MotoGP to consider a combined minimum weight for bike and rider in MotoGP, just like in the 125cc class, it pretty much raised a few eyebrows. Dani Pedrosa (160 cm/51 kg), who has been criticized in the past for not being made to ride heavier, bulkier bikes, made a mocking comment: “Try to be smaller.”
157 kilograms is the minimum weight of a MotoGP bike. If your bike weighs less, you can be disqualified for violating a technical rule.
Moto2 and Moto3 both have combined minimum weights, but MotoGP (up to 800 cc and over 800 cc) has different weight criteria.
The following minimum weights are allowed:
MotoGP (up to 800 cc) – 150 kg.
MotoGP (from 801 to 1000 cc) – 157 kg
Moto2 motorcycle + rider – 215 kg
Moto3 motorcycle + rider – 152 kg
The weight can be checked during the initial technical control, but the main weight control will be done at the end of the practice sessions or at the end of the race, where they will be rejected/selected accordingly.
For the Moto2™ and Moto3™ classes, the weight checked is the sum of the rider with full protective clothing plus the weight of the motorcycle, far from the MotoGP class up to 800 ccs and between 800-1000 cc.
Since MotoGP motorcycles are built specifically for certain riders and not for the general public and are not legally available for people like us to buy or ride, we actually find it hard to imagine riding such a gigantic motorcycle. It’s hard for engineers to adapt bikes to riders who aren’t average builds, and it’s harder than ever for those riders to ride the bikes.