3. Marquez

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Yep, MM93 only gets the third spot on this list. We all know he’s fast – heck, he topped the timesheets during the 2016 pre-season test – and he’s got to be a favorite for the MotoGP title next year, though snatching it from the hands of Lorenzo won’t be an easy task. What will be interesting to see is how he deals with the pressure: from Lorenzo, from Dani Pedrosa, from Valentino Rossi (should the two be anywhere near each other next year) and maybe even from his bike. The Repsol Honda was occasionally a difficult machine to ride this year, and Marquez threw away his title hopes overriding the bike in the pursuit of victory, only to end up on the ground. Honda famously values the machine over the rider (remember why VR46 left for Yamaha?), and if Marquez is left trying to tame yet another difficult RCV, could history repeat itself?

  • Not a single mention of Lorenzo. Is he really completely invisible?

    • Alexander Pityuk

      There will be no surprise about him. He will rape. Period.

      • TroySiahaan

        Exactly. Well, maybe not the rape part, but I don’t think he’ll present any surprises.

    • DKing

      There was…under Marquez:….”and he’s got to be a favorite for the MotoGP title next year, though snatching it from the hands of Lorenzo won’t be an easy task.”

  • Bob Dragich

    For a comparison of how the Michelins did in their first test compared to the Bridgestones, click here:

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/author/analytics?trk=hp-identity-wvmposts

  • Cale

    hopefully less collusion from the Spaniards

    • DKing

      If Rossi doesn’t end up in contention for the title, he may just get a chance to return the favor. 😉

  • Bruce Allen

    Let’s hope Rossi doesn’t do a Peyton Manning or Brett Favre and play one season too many.

    • TroySiahaan

      He’s an elite athlete. And like many other elite athletes in other sports, they don’t know when to hang’em up until it’s too late.