MO­TOGP

Si­mon Patterson

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MO­TOGP REPORTER

Wel­come to MCN’S Mo­togp sea­son pre­view for what prom­ises to be an epic year of ac­tion! With 2015 be­ing one of the best sea­sons ever, 2016 has a lot to live up to, but early signs sug­gest it’s go­ing to be an­other clas­sic.

First and fore­most there’s the Span­ish pow­er­house that is Jorge Lorenzo. On his day he re­mains ut­terly un­beat­able, but he also showed he is ca­pa­ble of hav­ing bad days, which al­lowed for Valentino Rossi to set up an in­cred­i­ble ti­tle bid that went right down to the wire.

Rossi, now 37 years old, had left many think­ing that maybe 2015 had been his last great year and he’d set him­self up to go out in a blaze of glory. But, with the strong pre-sea­son test­ing form he’s since rolled out, it’s hard to imag­ine he won’t win races in 2016 or be a ti­tle con­tender once again.

Then there’s the enigma that is Marc Mar­quez. Will the Honda be com­pet­i­tive enough to al­low him to chal­lenge Lorenzo and new neme­sis Rossi for the ti­tle? Or will he be rel­e­gated to his role of fly in their oint­ment for an­other year? We don’t know the an­swers yet, but it’s go­ing to be fun find­ing out!

And that’s not con­sid­er­ing the rookie wun­derkind Mav­er­ick Viñales who is rid­ing a Suzuki that fi­nally looks like a race-win­ner.

Oh, and then throw in three fast Brits, all of whom think that they’re good enough to be the top satel­lite bike this year, and we’re set for one hell of a sea­son!

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