One Week Till MotoGP Action Is Back

2014-spec Repsol Honda MotoGP motorcycle 1 photo
The wait is almost over, and the long months of winter have finally passed: the 2014 MotoGP World Championship is about to kick off in Qatar, at the Losail circuit, with the one and only nighttime race of the whole calendar.
With all the weird things happening in Dorna’s camp and the new regulations which only seem to try and patch the loopholes, I’m quite confident that the 2014 season will be a great one. Even before Ducati decided to go Open, we already had a new kid on the block: Aleix Espargaro, who has delivered awesome lap times at Sepang aboard his all-new Forward Yamaha bike.

As far as I am concerned, his evolution this year will be at least interesting to watch as seeing the top 4 riders battle for the leading positions. Marquez starts the 2014 season with an injury not fully recovered and has to defend his title from his direct rival, last year’s runner-up Jorge Lorenzo.

All this time, Dani Pedrosa is surely determined to do his utmost best to win his first premiere class title, and Lorenzo’s team mate Valentino Rossi is also looking for more wins and maybe the title. And the elder Espargaro on his Yamaha M1-powered machine will surely be all over their rear wheel, to say the least. Finally, Ducati has nothing to lose and everything to win, even if left with 9 engines and 22.5 liters of fuel in case the Borgo Panigale riders start winning or get on the podium.

I’m already counting down the remaining time until the tires make their first official pre-race contact with the asphalt in Qatar, in the 20 March Free Practice 1.

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