MOTOGP 2015 PREVIEW; RIDERS CHALLENGE 

With the arrival of two new Manufacturers (Suzuki and Aprilia) in the MotoGP Paddock and three pre-season IRTA Tests conducted and concluded, the 2015 MotoGP World Championship is steadily coming close to our Circuits, TV Screens as well as PC, tablets and phones screens.

We take an analytical review of the forth-coming MotoGP Season which will showcase new / returning Manufacturers under the Factory option, rookies (new riders) and new teams as well.

It is a common thought that Marc Marquez will continue his dominance onboard his RC213V Repsol Honda but there are other factors that should be carefully considered before joining the band wagon of lay prediction.

MARC MARQUEZ #93 REPSOL HONDA   Reigning World Champion MARC MARQUEZ is a brilliant rider and Honda tends to be the Manufacturer that has gotten the perfect setting for their MotoGP Bike to challenge for pole positions, podium finishes and winning the MotoGP World Championship.Marc Marquez has taken full advantage of Honda’s prowess and his youthfulness is an added advantage. Marquez’s youthfulness and guts to try anything is arguably what his team mate Dani Pedrosa lacks. With back to back MotoGP World Championship titles to his name Marquez sure is a force to reckon with come the 2015 MotoGP season

VALENTINO ROSSI #46 MOVISTAR YAMAHA  VALENTINO ROSSI is definitely a threat to every other rider in the Championship young or old as he is not just the most experienced rider, but also the rider with the highest number of MotoGP World Championship titles. To add to that, he was the 1st runner-up of the past 2014 MotoGP season. The Italian onboard the improved Yamaha YZR M1 is no doubt motivated and will be aiming to bag his 10th World Championship title as his contract with Yamaha folds up in 2016 with no one yet certain of his future after 2016. Also, the Doctor will hope to improve from the second spot he rounded up last season with.

JORGE LORENZO #99 MOVISTAR YAMAHA JORGE LORENZO returned to competitiveness late last Season after slowly recovering from Operations on his Collarbone which was damaged in 2013. A mistake from the first race of the 2014 MotoGP Cahmpionship which cost him his Yamaha M1 in the season opener also affected his chances to fight to regain the MotoGP World title he lost to Spanish compatriot Marc Marquez in 2013. Lorenzo crashed out of the 2014 MotoGP Qatar race while leading and Marc Marquez went on to win the race ahead of Valentino Rossi.Until 2013 Lorenzo was the only Spaniard to have two premier class World titles to his name but that record has now been equaled by 21 year old Marc Marquez and Lorenzo being Lorenzo, 2015 is the perfect season to retain his Spanish superiority and put Marquez where he should be at least for the time being.

ANDREA IANNONE #29 DUCATI  ANDREA IANNONE last season picked up a superb form while adorning the livery of Pramac Ignite Ducati, a satellite bike. The form saw him rival and beat Factory Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow in some races and even qualified in the front row of a MotoGP Grid. That form has continued and the Italian prodigy seems to be back to full competitiveness in the 2015 MotoGP IRTA tests now riding the Factory option Ducati Desmosedici GP15 alongside fellow Italian Andrea Dovizioso.  After the second MotoGP sepang tests of 2015 Andrea Iannone riding the all new and improved GP15 was the fastest Italian and finnished second, just tenths of a second behind Marc Marquez with Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi way behind him. The Maniac was the second fastest in the first day of the just concluded MotoGP Qatar Tests and rounded up as the third fastest behind only Team mate Dovizioso and Marc Marquez.  Iannone is a rider we should be on the lookout for as he keeps and maintains a smooth ride. He is not a crasher and we hope to see him and Marquez reignite their duels that once rocked Moto2.

ALEIX ESPARGARO #41 SUZUKI ECSTARALEIX ESPARGARO is what I will refer to as ‘Consistency and Steady’. The elder Espargaro brother has really improved and dazzled MotoGP fans with his quiet but consistent and brilliant form. In 2013 Aleix was classified the Best CRT rider as well as the Best Open-Class rider in 2014. Also in 2014, riding the NGM Forward Racing Yamaha Open-Class bike, Aleix put an Open-Class bike on the Pole of a MotoGP grid at the Assen TT Dutch Grand Prix as well as beating top factory option and satellite bikes to a second spot podium finish in the Aragon Grand Prix behind Factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo with Factory Ducati Rider Cal Crutchlow behind him on the last step of the rostrum, the first and only rider in MotoGP history to achieve such feat.  This brilliance has earned him the top spot at Suzuki as the Japanese Manufacturer makes a return to the MotoGP grid under the factory option after three Years of absence. So far, so good as Aleix has further developed the GSXRR and its results are dazzling and promising in the just concluded 2015 MotoGP IRTA tests that started last year in Valencia, then proceeded to Sepang in February and then Qatar in March, 2015 respectively. Aleix continues to push the Suzuki GSXRR to the top of the MotoGP standings as he finished 4th behind Ducati’s Andreas Iannone and Dovizioso, Honda’s Marc Marquez and ahead of Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi in the first day of the MotoGP Qatar Tests held under the flood lights of the Losail International Circuit. Aleix Espargaro’s brilliance sure will even be evident in the MotoGP 2015 Season main races as he and his GSXRR will be up for the MotoGP Podium Challenge. Riding the Factory Option Suzuki, Aleix Espargaro with his rookie team mate Maverick Vinales has the entire Support of the Japanese Manufacturer

CAL CRUTCHLOW #35 CWM FX LCR HONDA CAL CRUTCHLOW will be aiming to redeem his reputation after a bad campaign with Ducati onboard his new Team CWM FX LCR Honda and new RC213V bike.Crutchlow’s first ride on the RC213V was nothing more than astonishing as he recorded the 3rd fastest after the second Sepang MotoGP tests. Crutchlow on board his satellite bike finished the second Sepang MotoGP tests ahead of Factory Honda Rider Dani Pedrosa and other Factory option Manufacturers. Cal Crutchlow will also be on the lookout and would now want to live-up to the form that earned him the 2009 FIM World Supersport Championship title and the British Supersport Championship in 2006

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