4. The Caliber of Riders Was as High as Ever

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Sure, you know about MotoGP stars Casey Stoner, Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith taking part in the race, but the depth of the field continues well beyond this superstar trio. For example, the race featured former British Superbike champ and current World Superbike competitor Alex Lowes, former Australian Superbike champ Josh Waters, fan favorite and former WSBK star Nori Haga, former British Superbike champ Ryuichi Kiyonari, MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 pilot Sheridan Morais, Moto2 stars Dominique Aegerter and Azlan Shah, former Moto2 champion Toni Elias, World Supersport champion Michael Van Der Mark, and fan favorites Yukio Kagayama and Akira Yanagawa, just to name a few.