Predictions. Don’t you hate making them? They only come back and bite you in the ankle. Motorcycle racing is, after all, a sport. And the joy of sport is that what you think is going to happen sometimes doesn’t.
On the other hand, anticipation builds and some guesswork is irresistible, while we fidget and wait for the start of a MotoGP season that has all the ingredients of a potential a classic.
There’s a resurgent Valentino Rossi, making an unholy trinity of varied skill, inspiration and determination with incumbent class leaders Dani Pedrosa and defender Jorge Lorenzo. There’s impetuous youth: Marc Marquez, already hailed in some quarters as racing’s next great superstar. There are some fast guys on satellite bikes, from the headlong street fighter Cal Crutchlow (the fastest at the final test in Jerez) to the clinical Stefan Bradl. And there’s a new chapter in the Ducati saga, as Audi attends to rescuing the battered reputation of the beleaguered marque.
So we decided this year to cover all the bases.
That way, at least some of it is bound to be right. And the wrong stuff? Well, we were only joking, anyway.