The Sheriff wrote:I love MotoGP so much more than F1, it's just a lot more intense.
So true. I absolutely adore MotoGP. Great opening to the season, and rest assured all the races in the calendar will be just as exciting. Races are always full of overtaking - you can't beat it when three riders go into a corner neck and neck! Notice as well that you will often see many different lines being used as opposed to the F1 style one line 99% of the time.
There are a few things I'm really looking forward to seeing this season. The first being how well the Ducati riders will fare this time around as previously only Stoner seemed capable of mastering the Red Monster. Now they have adopted the Big Bang style engine as opposed to the previous "screamer", it should make the bike a little easier to ride - and that seemed to be reflected in the great performance from Hayden. Also looking forward to seeing more from the GP2 class. I was highly dubious about the 250's being abandoned in favour of a single engine 600cc formula, but that race turned out to be a belter too ( and I like to watch Toni Elias, if it wasn't for Vale, he would totally be my fave rider ). In fact the whole GP2 class is packed with great riders - and how can a race not be entertaining with a 41 bike grid? I think this season is a bit of a make or break affair for Dani Pedrosa. He is no doubt a quality operator, but constantly underachieves. Maybe the beastly power that the Honda seems to be blessed with can help his performances, but he dropped back so quickly after taking the lead in Qatar and was left for dead by his less experienced team mate Dovizioso later in the race. Ben Spies will be worth keeping an eye on too. Current World Superbike champion, and is being touted as the genuine article. We've had a few WSB champs (Hodgson and Toseland namely) come into MotoGP with big ideas, but they never seem capable of producing the goods on the prototype machines. Spies could be the one to break that cycle, and while not necessarily being a front running team Tech 3 Yamaha are certainly a fine outfit and it will be interesting to see how he fares compared to Colin Edwards (who is also a previous WSB champ, but one who adapted to GP riding very well). Lastly, the battle between Rossi - Lorenzo - Stoner. Who knows how this will unfold. It's gonna be fantastic watching it though. I guess it largely depends on how quickly Lorenzo can heal his terribly injured hand, and if Stoners mystery illnes from last season will resurface. Apparently it was lactose intolerance.... Oh, and a quick mention for Bradley Smith on the Aspar Aprilia in the 125 class - cracking little British rider and maybe a dark horse for the 125 title? Hoping for big things from him!
I'm drunk and rambling now, and if I don't shut up I'm never going to because I just love MotoGP so much. In short, if you you're new to the sport and liked what you saw - keep on watching because that won't be the best you see this season.
Last edited by KingCheese (2010-04-13 16:00:01)
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