With the start of the 2017 MotoGP season only weeks away, we turn to our trusted MotoGP Correspondent, Bruce Allen, still foolishly bucking for promotion, for a look ahead at what will be on offer for racing fans this year. The racing begins on March 26 in Qatar.

MotoGP is the fastest-growing motorsports flavor on earth. That it has virtually no presence or accessibility in the U.S. is a poor joke. It appears the safety-conscious American parents of today are reluctant to let their kids, most of them, anyway, learn to ride ATVs and motorbikes when they’re young. Series organizer Dorna has recognized that a country wishing to develop world-class riders needs to have a formal development program, one of which was implemented in Great Britain just this year. (Probably because of Cal Crutchlow, the Great English-As-A-First-Language Hope.) Such leagues have existed in Spain and Italy for decades.

The fact is that the U.S., for its size, with expensive national marketing costs, doesn’t sell a lot of imported motorcycles, and it’s doubtful that showing more MotoGP races would change that. So most of us Americans miss out. Meanwhile the Aussies and Kiwis are all over this stuff, along with Europe and much of Asia. No more giving up calendar dates in favor of F1; MotoGP has MoMentum. No more five weeks off in the middle of the summer, either.

Countries from Thailand and Indonesia to Hungary and Finland are clamoring to host races; pressure on the calendar, with four rounds still in Spain (quietly drumming my fingertips on the tabletop), is intense. Even money says the calendar goes to 20 dates within five years. And get rid of Aragon. Or Argentina.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and the rest of the MotoGP grid took part in a test a few weeks ago at Australia’s Phillip Island circuit.

Overall, 2017 has the look of a great season. The Big Three factory teams of Yamaha, Honda and Ducati will dominate much of the action, as they are home to the Aliens, those riders whose balance and instincts are a step above the rest of the field – Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and new Alien on the block Maverick Vinales.

Keeping them honest will be the likes of Lorenzo’s teammate and wingman Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda, and Andrea Iannone on the factory Suzuki. Alex Rins, on the second factory Suzuki, and Johann Zarco on a Tech 3 satellite Yamaha, are the Moto2 grads most likely to podium this year, with Rins looking, to me anyway, like the rookie of the year for 2017. Another Alien in the making.

Due to last year’s amazing series of races which culminated in nine different riders standing on the top step of the podium, hope springs eternal for the riders and teams in the lower tranches. Pramac, Aspar and Reale Esponsorama get new old hardware, which could improve prospects for Hectic Hector Barbera and Alvaro Bautista. It would take another Assen-type miracle for either of the Marc VDS riders, Jack Miller and Tito Rabat, to win this year. (There are also rumblings that the team is planning to fold up its tent in the next year or two, possibly freeing up slots for a satellite Suzuki team.)

Let’s just look at this thing team by team, in alphabetical order. We will wait until after the season opener to assign tranches to the various riders.

Sam Lowes
Aleix Espargaro

Sam and Aleix need to be prepared for a long season. Hard luck Espargaro, having lost out at Suzuki to Iannone and Rins, takes a step down to join the Aprilia factory effort, on the upswing but still learning their way around. The Aprilia and KTM projects are likely to be relatively underfunded for the foreseeable future, slowing their development, and reducing their prospects to those of satellite teams. For Lowes, somehow promoted from Moto2 despite world-class inconsistency, there will be a lot of badly scuffed leathers. Espargaro seems to be getting the hang of things more quickly.

For Fausto Gresini, for whom the allure of the premier class is almost irresistible, 2017 will be like shooting 108 on the golf course – enough good shots to keep you coming back, but a vast majority of poor to terrible swings. Two unfamiliar riders and not-quite-competitive bike. Bring a book.

Jorge Lorenzo
Andrea Dovizioso

Going into 2017, the factory Ducati team is the most interesting group on the lot. The Italians expect plenty, and soon, from their brand-new triple world champion. Jorge Lorenzo, in turn, suggested that the first real day of testing at Sepang was a bit terrifying, but with the help of Casey Stoner and Michele Pirro is adapting to the Desmosedici GP17. No more getting blitzed in the straights, but he needs to re-learn cornering if he is to avoid “pulling a Rossi” on the Ducati, which seems unlikely unless he finds himself unable to keep the bike upright. A win in Qatar would do a lot to build his confidence, although the same could be said for every rider on the grid. Nice writing.

Consistent Andrea Dovizioso has been flying under the radar during the offseason, allowing the cameras to focus on Lorenzo while he plots his strategy to win the title himself. The latest iteration of the Desmosedici will probably be a great bike, and Dovi has four years in with the factory. Personally, I would love to see him fighting for a title with Vinales and Marquez. It could happen. I think the odds favor him to finish ahead of Lorenzo this season.

A recently-filed patent provides clues that the bulge under the tail may hide a variable exhaust nozzle that resembles ones used on jet engines.

The Bologna bunch has recently received a patent for a new jet exhaust valve; don’t know what that’s for unless they’re interested in watching Lorenzo leaving Earth’s orbit. It has also installed what is said to be an anti-chatter box behind the rider and bent the exhaust pipes and stuff around it. They are keeping their 2017 fairing secret, but I expect it to resemble the new Yamaha innovation, with the interior wings in a laughable “bulge,” which is expressly forbidden under the rules yet permitted by some guy named Danny. “Y’see, it’s not so much of a “bulge” as it is a continuation of the radius… An’ that’s why they’ve blokes like me, to keep things strite, y’know. Yeah.”

For me, the most interesting question is whether the big red bikes are to be housed in Lorenzo’s Land or Gigi’s Garage.

Perpetually carrying a chip on his shoulder, Cal Crutchlow finally came through last year with a pair of race wins.

Cal Crutchlow

My personal favorite rider. To disparage, mock, call out and, ultimately, have to eat crow over. Crashlow won his first two premier class races in 2016 after years of making excuses and broadcasting blame for not having won earlier. He has burned bridges with Yamaha and Ducati, although he seems to be a fair-haired child for Honda as of late. Complaining a month ago that “Honda are on it’s back foot,” or some other foolish British verb conjugation, it seems the litany has resumed. With Vinales added to the mix at the top, I don’t expect Cal to win two races again this season.

Jack Miller
Tito Rabat

The struggling #3 Honda team, at the end of the Sepang test in January, had neither rider fit to ride. Tito Rabat was a great rider in Moto2 but is proving to be a bust in MotoGP. Miller, tagged by HRC for greatness at a young age, is proving to be unable to keep the RC213V upright, piling up more serious injuries than The Black Night in the Monty Python classic, not to mention creating acres of shredded, brightly painted fiberglass.

This team could be out of existence in a year or two, providing an opportunity for the moon, the sun and the stars to align in such a way that, as Dani Pedrosa’s contract on the factory Honda team expires, young Miller is standing at the door, kindly showing him the way out. A national day of celebration will follow in Australia, one in which Livio Suppo, team boss at Repsol Honda, having been out-voted by marketing folks seeking an Australian Alien, may not be participating.

Johann Zarco
Jonas Folger

Hmmm. Two freshmen on the satellite Yamaha team. Herve Poncharal, team boss, has a thing for Folger; perhaps he likes the cut of his jib, but I haven’t seen much in the way of dominating performances in Moto2 to justify a promotion. Zarco arrived on the strength of having become the only rider in Moto2 to title twice, consecutively, and is probably disappointed at not having a factory bike of some kind at his disposal.

Both riders will be on steep learning curves this year, although Zarco fared surprisingly well at the Malaysia test. He and Alex Rins figure to battle it out for rookie of the year honors.

Valentino Rossi
Maverick Vinales

Lin Jarvis’ factory Yamaha team enters the season with GOAT candidate Valentino Rossi and the heir apparent, the aptly-named Maverick Vinales, recently graduated from a two-year riding academy with the factory Suzuki team. During those two years, he figured out how to win (Silverstone 2016) on a relatively slow bike. Now that he has earned arguably the fastest complete bike on the grid, great expectations abound.

His “win” at the Sepang test in January affirms those who expect him to title in his first Yamaha season. Marc Marquez, reigning and triple world champion, has been encouraging this thinking, talking publicly about how concerned he is with Vinales. Intentionally adding to the pressure, getting inside Vinales’ head. Rossi-like.

Rule changes prohibit the protruding winglets frequently seen on bikes last year. Yamaha’s solution is to move its downforce-generating surfaces inside the fairing.

Rossi maintains his Alien status, but it will be tested again this year. (Dani Pedrosa is now an Alien Emeritus.) He still has the passion and the conditioning and the experience. But does he have the reflexes and balance he did when he was 28? I think not. I think he is also less of a risk taker now than he was a decade ago. He will undoubtedly win some races this year, but may lose the season contest with his teammate, effectively ending their friendship for all time. The intra-team competition could tighten significantly, however, if Vinales finds himself cartwheeling through a lot of gravel traps this spring.

Danilo Petrucci (GP17)
Cheesed Off Scott Redding (GP16)

The #2 Ducati team. Danilo Petrucci, the burly ex-cop, may find himself in the mix once in a while (probably in the rain) this season onboard the GP17 he won fair and square in the intra-team competition with Scott Redding last year. Redding, sadly, will not be in the mix on his GP16, as he seems unable to get over the hump in the premier class after a glittering (?) run in Moto2. With three name sponsors, it seems likely the team will have plenty of frames and fairings to replace for Redding as he goes bumping around the tracks of the world, muttering about how it just isn’t fair.

Alvaro Bautista GP16
Karel Abraham GP15

A satellite Ducati team with upset potential. Alvaro Bautista, like Barbera, has been a consistent underachiever in the premier class. His own high-water mark occurred in 2008, when he finished second in the 250cc class behind a guy named Simoncelli. In 2012 and 2013 he flogged Fausto Gresini’s close-to-factory-spec Honda to 5th and 6th place finishes, respectively. Meanwhile, enter Karel Abraham, previously employed by his dad before serving a one-year sentence in WSB last year. He’s back, for whatever reason, this time on a GP15.

Bautista has, over the years, shown moments of great skill and moments of sheer stupidity. This year, again mimicking Barbera, he has a chance to peek at a podium or two after two grinding years with Aprilia. This may also be the best bike he has ever ridden, although the Honda back in 2012-2013 was badass.

We will stick our necks out here and predict zero podiums for the Aspar team in 2017.

Hector Barbera (GP16)
Too-Tall Loris Baz (GP15)

Another second-string Ducati team that could surprise, 2017 features Barbera on a GP16 and Baz on a GP15. Hectic Hector’s career saw its high-water mark in the 250cc class in 2009 when he finished second to Hiro Aoyama. Once he arrived in MotoGP, never having been the beneficiary of first-class equipment, his career has leveled off. He has battled slow bikes, injury, and a low racing IQ to a series of undistinguished finishes. Last year he showed some improvement which, if it continues this year, could actually make him a consistent top-10 finisher. He’ll have to overcome the initial setback of a broken collarbone, suffered last week in training. Barbera is expected to miss this weekend’s final test at Qatar in order to be ready for the March 26 season opener.

The long-of-limb Loris Baz is a rarity in MotoGP these days.

Meanwhile, young Frenchman Loris Baz, who is, like, 6-foot-3-inches tall, had an up and down second MotoGP season. Three distinct episodes of “start slowly, improve, then crash” marked his year, including a fourth-place finish at Brno and a fifth at Sepang. Riding a Ducati at his lofty height suggests he’ll prefer the long flowing circuits over the tight squinchy ones. He will need to learn to keep the bike upright if he is to continue in MotoGP.

Bradley Smith
Pol Espargaro

Teammates on the Tech 3 Yamaha for the past two seasons, these two get factory rides with the rookie KTM factory team. The Austrians have enjoyed decades of success elsewhere and feel it is but a matter of time before they start winning in MotoGP. Years, perhaps many, in my opinion, but what do I know?

Of the two riders, I prefer Espargaro, a year younger, with a title under his belt in Moto2. Smith seems like a nice guy, but appears snake bit. It’s always something with Bradley – an injury, a mechanical issue, a head cold. Whatever. I will gladly back Espargaro this year in the intra-team rivalry, the only competition that will mean much of anything to this group.

Not his first rodeo, Pol Espargaro is ready to ride this (Red) Bull.

The official factory rollout of the KTM entries in all three classes included words from the Chief Cheddar at KTM Itself, Stefan Pierer, announcing his intention to fight with Honda for a MotoGP world championship in the not-too-distant future.

Patience, grasshopper.

Dani Pedrosa
Marc Marquez

Along with the factory Yamaha and Ducati teams, HRC is royalty in the world of grand prix motorcycle racing. Repsol Hondas have been ridden by world champions Freddie Spencer, Eddie Lawson, Mick Doohan, Àlex Crivillé, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner and Marc Marquez. Its prospects are decidedly mixed heading into 2017.

With several new engines to figure out, the Sepang test was a bit of a struggle, with Marquez working hard to finish second behind Vinales, but able to deliver several impressive 20-lap race simulations. Appears to be another year in which Marquez will have to manage an inferior bike to battle for the title with the other Aliens. He did it last year. I believe Vinales will collect a number of wins and an equal number of DNFs on the factory Yamaha, allowing a mature Marquez to slug it out with Jorge, Dovi and Vale again this year. With two new riders, Suzuki Ecstar will not threaten. Iannone? Dovizioso? I think not.

Marc Marquez reportedly dislocated his shoulder in a private test at Jerez but he is expected to be ready for the start of the season.

As for Dani Pedrosa, I look for him to finish seventh or eighth this season, as he has clearly lost a step since his prime in 2012. Whether he’s interested in serving as Marquez’ wingman in 2017 is problematic. If he slips out of the top 10, Honda may buy out his last year and bring Miller or, more likely, Crutchlow onto the factory team in 2018. Miller may blossom this year. Probably not.

Andrea Iannone
Alex Rins

The second most interesting team on the grid, a rapidly improving Suzuki will have two new riders in 2017. Andrea Iannone worked himself out of a job on the factory Ducati last season and landed with Suzuki, which may be a piece of good luck for both parties. Thus far in his premier-class career, Iannone has been unable to harness his impossible speed, his temperament and aggressiveness often getting the better of him. It would be loads of fun to see him battle with the front group this season, and it could happen. Unless The Maniac is still, well, a maniac.

Alex Rins has had Alien written all over him since he was about 15. Although he never titled in the lower MotoGP classes, he recorded two seconds and two thirds in three Moto3 and two Moto2 seasons. The Rins and Marquez families do not exchange Christmas cards, setting up a new rivalry for the next few years while Rins earns his whiskers. He figures to become a problem for both Marquez and Vinales in that time. Definite Alien potential here.

Alex Rins is a strong candidate for rookie of the year honors.

I see a couple of podiums in store for Suzuki in 2017, perhaps a handful. Unless the bike is greatly improved they may not compete for a win, but the Suzuki program seems to be progressing nicely. Perhaps 2018 will be their year.

Three productive days of testing at Phillip Island in early February taught us little we did not already know. Marquez and Vinales seem to be running in a league of their own. Dani Pedrosa still has some juice left in the tank. And rookie Jonas Folger can coax at least one fast lap per day out of his Tech 3 Yamaha.

Maverick Vinales topped the time sheets at Phillip Island.

Cal Crutchlow and rookie Alex Rins ran almost identical fast laps on Friday. Dovizioso and Lorenzo were running neck and neck for seventh and eighth places, respectively. Jack Miller, Aleix Espargaro and Alvaro Bautista finished ahead of Valentino Rossi, something you don’t get to report every day. And lots of disappointed Ducati riders (six of the bottom nine) muttering to themselves farther back in the dust. Not a great three days for Ducati Corse.

Vinales is making it hard not to envision him clutching a world championship trophy in his first premier-class season. If he can stay within himself and not get overly excited, it could happen this year. Then, when Rins joins the fray in 2019…

There you have it. Due to incessant demand, and for those of you interested in going into debt with your bookies, here’s my prediction for the Top 10 finishers, in order, for the 2017 season. Bookmark this article so you can rub it in my face in November. Expect a “404 Error Page Not Found” at that time, especially if I’m way off:

  1. Marc Marquez
  2. Maverick Vinales
  3. Valentino Rossi
  4. Andrea Dovizioso
  5. Cal Crutchlow
  6. Jorge Lorenzo
  7. Dani Pedrosa
  8. Alex Rins
  9. Andrea Iannone
  10. Alvaro Bautista
  • Old MOron

    Bruce, you’re brilliant!
    This preview was worth the wait.
    “foolish British verb conjugation,” ha ha, I’m still laughing.
    In fact, I start laughing as soon as I know you’re going to say something about Crutchlow. I don’t even have to read it. It’s enough to know that it’s coming.

    • Bruce Allen

      I have the same effect on my grandkids–I can tickle them from across the room. I’ve started warning new commenters (Junker?) to cool their jets about Cal lest they find themselves on the receiving end of zingers from guys like you.

    • Ozzy Mick

      Welcome back, Bruce and fellow enlightened and enthusiastic commenters. As Bruce was obviously dangling the bait, here’s my little nibble: “on the back foot” in case you didn’t know, describes a batsman’s stance when playing a blocking, defensive shot in the noble and sublime pastime of cricket. Thus not scoring any runs, sometimes employed in a most positive display of the joys of cricket, deliberately playing for a draw, not a win. But you knew that! And if you didn’t, I’m sure you’re none the wiser.

      • Old MOron

        Mick! I was wondering when you’d get back. I previously didn’t fully understand “on the back foot”. I like it. It’s a short expression that carries a lot of meaning.

        And while I’m ignorant of cricket score keeping, a long time ago I read an inspiring account of the Underarm Bowling Incident of 1981. Reading that account did give me the sense that cricket might be a noble pastime.

        “Sublime” might be a bit of a stretch, though!

      • Bruce Allen

        I was vaguely aware of the cricket reference, understood him to be saying that they weren’t strong at this time, and laughed out loud at the sentence structure. It’s the whole British corporation-as-people thing that gets me more than anything. We say Microsoft is going to market; they say Microsoft are going to market. But good for a laugh.

    • Bruce Allen

      It’s me. Wanted to make sure you didn’t miss this one. Tranche one, tranche two. Lorenzo a contender. Rins the likely ROY. Thought you might enjoy the entire thing. Sorry I missed the first one. https://www.redbull.com/us-en/2017-motogp-championship-contenders

  • Starmag

    “Bruce Allen, still foolishly bucking for promotion”. Even when he uses “the Black Knight” as an injury reference? No justice.

    I have to agree with your picks at the end of the article, but I think Iaonone may surprise if he can retire his classic T-bone moves from last year.


    A stellar preview. Your top ten predictions may very well come to be. Here’s to another season of the best racing on the planet.

  • Old MOron

    Okay, since JMD and Starmag seem to think your predictions are not unrealistic, I have to say no, no, no. Valley will finish ahead of young Maverick, and Zarco will finish ahead of your precious Rins.

    PS: your summary of Aprilia is hilarious: “Two unfamiliar riders and not-quite-competitive bike. Bring a book.” Did you see elsewhere that “Aprilia race boss Romano Albesiano has set his sights on achieving top five results at certain MotoGP races in 2017”? He’s even funnier than you are!

    • Bruce Allen

      I thought it was funny, too. Let’s get this party started.

      • Old MOron

        Final preseason test in just under a week. I really hope the Maniac Joe can stay out of the kitty litter. I want him healthy and ruffling feathers on race day. Preferably Cal’s or Jorge’s. They’re sure to complain loudly 🙂

        • Bruce Allen

          Waah waah waah. I’m starting to think it may be a long year for Jorge. And Gigi. You heard it here first: Dovi will finish the season ahead of Lorenzo.

  • Junker

    I think Iannone and Crutchlow are probably switched…

    • Bruce Allen

      Welcome to the funhouse. You have to be a little careful around here shorting Crashlow because he seems to have a number of homeboys who will come rushing to his defense, casting aspersion on anyone even the least bit critical of Their Gal Cal. 🙂

      • Junker

        Oh, he’s ok by me; I just like Iannone for some strange reason.

        Lorenzo is the only one who annoys me, but I even found myself feeling sorry for him last year…so much talent yet such an Achilles’ Heel..few drops of rain takes him out for 2 or 3 races.

        • Old MOron

          The whole Moto GP community could be in for stupefying reversal in the script. The Ducs have historically taken to water ducks. We may see Jorge just praying for rain this year!

          • Hard to imagine Jorge praying for rain. Even IF the GP17 Duck is enough to counteract Lorenzo’s aquaphobia, he’d be doing Dovi a massive favor by petitioning the Rain Gods.

          • Bruce Allen

            Aquaphobia? Hydrophobia? Whatever. That’s good.

  • spiff

    Fun fact: Rossi will win the championship and promptly retire.

    I think Iannone will be a top 5 guy as well.

    • Bruce Allen

      C’mon, man. Rossi needs the sun, the moon and the stars to align perfectly if he is going to title this year. Can’t see it. But this is motorcycle racing. Guys crash and injure themselves. If Marquez and Vinales find themselves wearing casts for a few rounds, it could happen, I suppose. Otherwise I think not. And I don’t think he will ever retire–he’ll be racing (some kind of racing, anyway) when he’s 50. Watching him speed around on two wheels gives all his GFs wide-ons.

      • spiff

        Killin me Bruce, wouldn’t give me that one.

        If Maverick stays upright he is going to win it all. That is where my money is.

      • Starmag


        • spiff

          Hell yeah!

      • Ozzy Mick

        Hmmm… Wide-ons… an Americanism for Smiles?

        • Bruce Allen

          The distaff corollary to a hard-on. Wait for it…

          • spiff

            Yeah, makes me smile and I’m American. Mick really gets us.

          • Bruce Allen

            See the comment below from your boy AM. Apparently not a big #46 fan. You guys keep it civil. 🙂

          • spiff

            Yeah I saw it. Damn Lorenzo fans! 🙂

          • spiff

            I see you got that you got that promotion you were bucking for, “Moderator Extraordinaire”.

          • Bruce Allen

            It was a lateral.

          • Old MOron

            Ha ha ha, these young punks. Well, at least he’s not waving Rins’s flag in everyone’s face.

    • grrrringilroy

      IF (very big but hopeful if) Rossi wins, I expect him to retire and I would love to see it!

      • Gruf Rude

        I’m with Bruce, though – Rossi isn’t the ‘retiring’ type.

  • spiff

    Go Rossi!!! End transmission.

  • Vrooom

    If you flip Marquez and Vinales in your finishing prediction I’m with you, other than maybe moving Iannone up a few spots. He has to get older and wiser eventually. Jorge is out of the top 5. I see the Tech 3 team and the Suzuki team being interesting wild cards. Welcome back Bruce, we support you foolishly bucking for a promotion!

    • Gruf Rude

      If Iannone gets older and wiser he’ll slow to non-competitive speeds.

  • Gruf Rude

    I know Zarco isn’t ‘colorful’ enough, but he has racecraft, tire management and steady nerves. I think he may finish the season ahead of ‘high excitement’ guys like Iannone.

    • Bruce Allen

      I’m fully prepared to be wrong about this whole Rins thing. Just a hunch.

  • Stellar write, Bruce. I tend to agree with Starmag – Iannone is capable of doing much better than you’ve predicted. Of course I know why you’ve slotted him there… he’s also capable of doing much worse.

    • Bruce Allen

      I think Iannone has a low racing IQ. Sure, he’s ridiculously fast. But all that meat and no potatoes. He’s an unforced error waiting to happen.

  • Old MOron

    Well, it’s just the first day of testing for Moto 2, but it’s interesting to look at the new teams.
    KTM did pretty well, with their riders finishing 1st and 11th at the end of the day.
    VR46 seemed to have only one of their riders there. He finished 25th.
    I hope Binder and Bagnaia both do better tomorrow, but most of all, I hope Tech3 improve. They’re truly the last of the independents. Allez, les gars!

  • grrrringilroy

    Enjoyed the tongue in cheek, frank and pretty correct analysis of each team and rider. Thank you for that! I am hopeful for Rossi to win but I suspect it will come down to Marquez unless he starts crashing and Maverick can manage to be fast and not crash, then I expect Maverick to come out on top.

    • Bruce Allen

      Stick around. We do this stuff all season long. Welcome to the conversation.

  • AM

    Number 46 ” GOAT” . GOAT of what? He doesn’t have anything that others riders do not have more except for oldest guy on grid and GP starts. No more GP wins, no poles, no #s of championship. GOAT of what?
    Nothing but a lucky punk. When real competition, which he never had before, arrived at the track what happened? He hasn’t done a thing in 7 years. What did he do at Ducati? Nothing. GOAT of what? Maybe for being an arrogant asshole. That he’s the GOAT for sure.

  • Old MOron

    Holy crap, I just had a look at the Moto 2 test times.
    It seems that Alex – yes, ALEX – Marquez has topped the time sheets on the final day of testing. I guess now that the big boys have graduated to Moto GP, he’s starting to find his confidence.
    I also noticed something peculiar in Moto 3. I see Romano Fenati’s name on the morning’s time sheet, but not in the afternoon’s. Did he crash or something?

    Moto GP testing currently under way! Can’t wait to study the lap times later.

  • Old MOron

    Hmm, Marquez crashed in Qatar today – twice! Honda has the ugliest post-winglet fairing. Jorge is doing okay on a track that suits the Ducs. Karel Abraham had a good day, what?! Can’t wait for tomorrow.

  • Kos

    After — not when — Rossi wins and retires, I’m going to Italy for the retirement party.

    It shouldn’t last much more than a month!

    Great to be reading your stuff again, Bruce.

  • Old MOron

    Oh, I take it back. Maybe Ducati has the ugliest fairing.