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Mar 11, 2011

A glimpse of what lies ahead in MotoGP

How are you guys?

This week we are talking about how it is going Motogp pre-season.
As you all know, 2011 will be a very exciting year for motorcycles lovers. Since there are many changes (some riders have changed teams, there are new riders in MotoGP,  a rider returns to the category…), nobody knows what will happen exactly.

Let's focus on the teams:

Yamaha Factory Racing: Jorge Lorenzo: 2010 MotoGP World Champion, one of the fastest and most aggressive riders, and in principle, strong candidate to win the title. I am sure that you already know about some fights between him and Valentino.

Ben Spies: The rookie of the year last season. It was amazing! Really good starts of the race, he has a great style of overtaking, and he reserves a lot of energy for the final laps. If he was so fast with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 last season, what can he really do with the first/second bike of Yamaha? For sure, there will be many surprises…

Repsol Honda Team: Dani Pedrosa: The spanish rider wants his first MotoGP Championship, and this year he has another chance to try. HRC has found "the bike" this year, and seeing the results of the tests in Valencia and Sepang, it is more than clear that HRC will be on the Top 5, and remember, they have three riders in the line-up…

Casey Stoner: He has already been MotoGP World Champion, but he wants to win again. Injuries and problems with the "brave red bullet" caused him many problems, however, Casey is very comfortable with the Honda, and the most important, he is going really fast.

Andrea Dovizioso: Third rider in HRC this year. Pedrosa and Stoner are pushing harder, so the condition of second rider in HRC last year and the arrival of Casey to Repsol Honda put him in the third position of the team.

San Carlo Honda Gresini: Hiroshi Aoyama: The japanese rider is very motivated with the next season. Really, he is not the favorite to be in Top 8.

Marco Simocelli: 2:00.757 was his best lap in Sepang, being 1st, and being 0.013s faster than Dani Pedrosa (2nd), and 1.085s faster than Valentino Rossi. Maybe, he could be the surprise in 2011.Despite he is not in HRC, he can ride a really fast semi-official Honda in San Carlo Hondra Gresini.

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP: Alvaro Bautista: Alvaro is feeling good with the new Suzuki, and there you have the results (7th,8th and 10th). He has to be very happy to be the unique rider in an official team as Suzuki, where they will be working hard to get better results than the previous season. He could be one of the surprises with Simoncelli.

LCR Honda MotoGP: Toni Elias: First Moto2 World Champion ever. A great prize for Toni that allows him to return to MotoGP. However, this pre-season is being hard for him. Results have not come yet, and Toni does not feel good in the Honda. Unfortunately, although Honda is improving a lot, Toni rides the slowest Honda in the line-up.

Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP: Hector Barbera: Hector is demonstrating what we all know, that he is a very regular rider. 10th,11th and 12th are his results in this pre-season. This is not his first year in MotoGP, so he has a big room for improvement from now.

Kardion AB Motoracing: Karel abraham: A very young czech rider who comes to MotoGP basically to learn. He has the 4th Ducati in the category. To get some points in 2011 with the Ducati will be more than enough for him in his first year in MotoGP.

Monster Yamaha Tech3: Colin Edwards: A really good and veteran rider. The american rider in Yamaha Tech3 has been 12th,9th and 6th. So good results for him, having an slower bike than other riders.

Cal Crutchlow: Unique english rider in MotoGP in 2011. 13th,16th and 14th are his results. Of course, they are not so good, but the same thing happened with a rider called Ben Spies. Cal might surprise many people, he is another of the big questions this season.

Pramac Racing Team: Randy De Puniet: We have to see how fast he can be with the Ducati. With Honda he got so good results, now he is in the middle of the standings, so he and Pramac should work hard to prepare the season.

Loris Capirossi: The italian rider returns to his favorite bike. It is well known how Loris can tune the Ducati. I met him in the Indianapolis Airport (after Indianapolis race two years ago), and I can only say that he is a brilliant person.Best wishes for him.

Ducati Team: Nicky Hayden: 6th, 8th and 12th in the pre-season. Otherwise he is feeling better than his fellow in Ducati. Another american, Ben Spies, came very strong last year, and for Nicky it is a really important goal to recover the 1st place in the american classification in MotoGP. I really like him, and I think this will be a good year for him.

Valentino Rossi: Well, this is a difficult topic. Valentino has left Yamaha to ride with an italian bike. The Ducati is well known as a furious beast, and maybe this is one of the reasons why Valentino doesn't feel comfortable in this new experience. Anyway, we are sure that Valentino is playing a little again, and he feels better than what we see in the results. Rossi finished 15th, 11th and 11th again, unusual positions for him. However, for sure he is going to fight for the championship.

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