Valentino Rossi is still the man the fans cheer for after two decades at the top
The fastest sport on two wheels and the premier class for motor cycling fans, Moto GP returns in March at the opening race under the lights in Qatar, and the finale will be held in Valencia. Our expert has already tipped up Jorge Lorenzo for the title, despite the fact the Majorcan has never successfully defended the following season. 2016 will have to go some way to living up to the spectacle of last year, but with the riders on show, you can be sure they’ll go all out to make sure the fans get a run for their money.
At 37 years of age The Doctor is challenging for the 2016 Moto GP championship along with some other legends of the sport and the young guns who have risen from the ranks of Moto 2 & 3. This season there will be three main teams that vie for the title with Rossi’s team mate Jorge Lorenzo looking to defend his 2015 title which he won in the last race of the year at Valencia in an amazing finish, where conspiracy theorists would proclaim the Spanish riders ganged up on Rossi.
Since that final round there has been bad blood between Rossi and Honda’s Marc Marquez that doesn’t look like subsiding anytime soon. This will add even more spice to a potentially season defining tussle between Honda, Yamaha and the grunt of the Ducati boys. All teams have a great chance and the all Italian garage have the expertise and guidance of Australian legend Casey Stoner, who will help the riders control a super aggressive bike.
Both Andrea Innone and Andrea Dovizioso have the talent to challenge the big boys and the straight speed of the Ducati’s can put fear in to the Yamaha and Honda teams. The question is whether they can harness the corner speed and braking that will be vital to ensuring and all round package.
Dani Pedrosa is the other rider who may get a sniff of victory, but he’s had his chances and it’s likely he’ll get left behind in a plume of smoke. Potential wildcards are Suziki’s Maverick Vinales, the pretender to Rossi’s throne at Yamaha, and there also has to be a word for the British invasion of top class riders. Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith, Scott Redding and Eugene Laverty have all shown in the past that they can battle with the best, and a surprise podium could be on the cards for any one of the UK boys.
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