MotoGP Update: Two-Stroke Vs. Four-Stroke

Dani Pedrosa believes two-strokes are the best “school” for young riders.

Danny Pedrosa on-track action shot

Perennial MotoGP title-contender Dani Pedrosa doesn’t believe four-strokes offer young riders the on-track education of the small-displacement two-strokes on which he earned three world titles.

“They are complicated bikes,” he said at Circuit of The Americas, site of this weekend’s Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. “All the new riding style of the elbow being so low comes from these bikes. I was happy to be on a two-stroke.”

Though relatively simple, two-stroke Grand Prix bikes were difficult to ride. “The limit of the four-stroke is the limit,” Pedrosa said. “But with the two-stroke, the limit was unknown—more ‘valuable.’ Not many riders could go there.”

There were more machine variables, as well. “You could change carburetion and the gearbox,” Pedrosa said. “The weight was different. The feeling of the bike was different.

“The engine was in your hand. It was a cable, not electronic.”

Pedrosa said modern racing is great for spectators because so many riders are able to approach the limit of machines. But the two-strokes were more instructive.

“You could learn many things that made you a better rider,” he said. “Two-strokes clearly showed the difference between the others.

“Now, young riders immediately go to four-strokes in Moto3 and Moto2, but it’s not the same. For me, the best school was the two-stroke.”

Dani Pedrosa COTA tower action shot