MotoGP: After a Long Winter
After a long winter, the Moto GP season is finally here with the first practice session in Qatar kicking off under the floodlights! It has been a long dreary wait for the season of 2014 to begin; Moto GP season is the one thing we all look forward to through the winter and finally its back and its seems to me that 2014 could be the most exciting Moto GP season we’ve seen in a few years and with the rules and regulations finally in place, were are all set to go!
So, I’ve been to try to think in my head, who I think is the rider the most advantage for the Qatar race and honestly I couldn’t say. We had Valentino Rossi who won three races at the Losail Circuit and his team mate Jorge Lorenzo has won two (he also won 3 more races in 125, and 250cc categories) but Qatar has a very long straight and who does this favor? Of course it’s the Honda!
2013: Marc Marquez – Fastest lap – Honda – time 1’55, 2012: Fastest Lap – Casey Stoner -Honda Time – 1:55, 2011: Casey Stoner – Honda Time – 1:55.3 and finally 2010: Casey Stoner with the Ducati Marlboro team, but I doubt that Ducati will ever see such times again so I assume that this weekend will be dominated by yes you got it, the Hondas!
This year though, Marquez is at a slight disadvantage as he recently broke his leg during riding dirt track, the accident happened back in February and that meant he had to miss out on testing prior to the start of the season. My guess is that he wont let this stop him, he give as good as he gets and give as good as he can, we just have to wait and watch!
Lorenzo hasn’t had the smoothest start to the season either, at first he was struggling to cope with the YZR-M1’s aggressive character then he struggled with the Bridgestone tyres too. But I know Jorge and he wont let little hiccups like this hold him back, however though this does give Rossi and Pedrosa a slight advantage and maybe a bit of a better start at Qatar! Rossi has surprised us all with is ore season testing, he has bee strong and consistent so I think he is in a good position ahead of Sunday’s race
Softer tyres means we could MAYBE see Aleix Espargaro, Cal Crutchlow or Andrea Dovizioso starting from the front row on Saturday but as you all well know, ~I don’t hold much faith in this Ducati, and weather our beloved Cal Crutchlow is riding it or Santa Claus, I don’t have any faith that it will do well. Time to prove me wrong? I hope so!
So until Sunday race that’s all I have to say so ciao for now and ill be back real soon!