Anticipation is mounting for another spectacular confrontation at the opening round of the 2016 MotoGP season in Qatar. Last year, Valentino Rossi won under the floodlights. Marc Marquez crossed the finish line first in 2014 while Jorge Lorenzo won back-to-back openers in 2013 and 2012. So, the top three riders can all claim recent victories at Losail. In preseason testing, the Ducatis of Iannone and Dovizioso have been fast, while Maverick Viñales, on the GSX-RR, has been topping time sheets. Who do think will be victorious in Qatar when the checkered flag drops in 2016?

  • gunny 2shoes

    i just hope i can stream it because that outfit you guys announced as the new source is way too $$$ just like always. either time delayed on a tuesday afternoon or just plain unobtainable for mere mortals.

    • spiff

      For about $130 (99euros) you can sign up at the Motogp website. Watch live, no spoiler and about 20 years of archives. Plus the usual articles etc. Only problem is the “everything is great in Motogp world stance”. Sometimes you need multiple sources to find the truth. Though race coverage is as good as it gets.

    • Jim

      I agree with ‘spiff’. If you sign up for the MotoGP Video Pass (single screen), you’ll pay about $6 bucks per GP race to watch at your leisure. If you’re into Moto2 or Moto3, you can also watch those, which brings the cost to about $2 bucks per race. You won’t need to wake up at 4am or remember to schedule the DVR, and you won’ t need to upgrade your cable TV package. It may be the best option for you. It was for me.

    • Bruce Allen

      Fox Sports 1 is still carrying free coverage in the U.S. You get what you pay for, though. Crummy commentary, mid-race commercial interruptions. If you truly love the sport, subscribe to the MotoGP feed.

      • Jim

        Bruce, I’m not so sure FS1 is broadcasting MotoGP this year. I’m able to search TV listings for March 19, 20, and 21, and it does not show up. It appears that their contract may have expired after the 2015 season.

        • denchung

          BeIN Sports has the North American rights this year.

        • Bruce Allen

          You’re right. I fact-checked myself yesterday and the first site I found insisted FS1 still had the US rights. Not so. Not even sure BeIN Sports will be showing the races live this year. Bummer.

  • spiff

    I root for Rossi, I think it will be Lorenzo.

    • Vrooom

      Ditto. I’d also love to see Vinales make his introduction to the aliens, but that would be too good to be true.