After a time of much suffering, the clouds parted, the sun appeared, and millions gathered around the glow of their computer screens. Great joy spread throughout the land as the 2017 MotoGP season was finally at hand. Under the bright lights of the Losail race track in Doha, Qatar, we will collectively witness the modern gladiators climb aboard their machines and prepare to do battle at the limits of the laws of physics. Each of the pilots carries with him the hope of millions of fans. Now, it’s time to see with whom MOrons stand.

2017 MotoGP Season Preview

MotoGP 2017 Qatar Preview

Our ace MotoGP correspondent, Bruce Allen, has set the stage with his 2017 MotoGP Season Preview. Because of this, we expect Ducati, Honda, and Yamaha to be the primary manufacturers on the track. We’d like to imagine KTM’s new team and Aprilia’s updated bike could factor in the points table, but wins will surely have to wait.

Allen’s Qatar Preview asks the question that has been on every MotoGP fan’s lips. Namely, does Maverick Vinales have substance behind his take-no-prisoners pre-season performance or will his youth and exuberance cause some unforced errors? The rest of the Aliens are more than capable of sealing the deal on race day.

  • Ian Parkes

    Vinales put everyone else on notice on his first ride on the Yamaha after the last round last year. I’m guessing the Aliens ranking is in for another shake-up.

  • john phyyt

    If I could Get “odds” I would put $50. on Pedrosa. He is very light and New Aero will be important on sandy track . Watch for him later in the race where his front tire should have a little more left.

  • JMDGT

    Burns.

    • Old MOron

      Yeah, on a Road King!

  • Vrooom

    Nobody took Maniac Joe on the Suzuki? Man, you run a few people down and everyone turns on you.

    • Old MOron

      How about that Maniac in FP3? I so hope he finishes in front of Lorenzo this year.

    • spiff

      I would like to see the Suzuki up there. Iannone is the right guy for the job.

  • mugwump
  • Old MOron

    Oh, it doesn’t look good for our hero, folks.
    He *just* made it into QP2.
    Will he solve his front tire woes?
    Will he fight for a podium position on Sunday night?

    Alex Rins, who stated through his father that it was better to stay in Moto 2 than to ride with Tech 3, is looking rather unwise so far.

    • spiff

      Tech 3 is the surprise of the year for me. Will they fall off as the factories develop the 2017 bikes?

      • Old MOron

        Last year Brad and Pol were riding Yamahas that had been developed for Bridgestone tires. This year Johann and Jonas have bikes that were built with Michelins in mind. That may be helping them. And your right that the factory teams will get development help during the year. In any case, I hope they do well.

  • Old MOron

    I so had my hopes up for Zarco. Darnit. There certainly was plenty of drama before and during the race. Bring on Brucey’s review.