The new 2020 Moto GP season is upon us with new faces and challenges. We look ahead to the upcoming season and what is going on.
Coronavirus puts Moto GP on halt
With the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus sweeping across the country, the first four races of the season have been cancelled/postponed.
The first race if the season which was to be held in Qatar on March 8th has been cancelled for the Moto GP class due to flight restrictions out of Italy. The strict quarantine means that six of the riders such as Valentino Rossi and Danilo Petrucci were unable to attend. The Moto GP class two and three still went ahead.
Moto GP have also cancelled races in Argentina and the United States, being pushed back to a later date in the year.
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New faces, bigger competition
The Spanish duo, the Marquez brothers will have a big battle on their hands. While older brother Marc hopes to come back and defend his title, he also has to content and fight off Alex who has made the move up to Moto GP from Moto 2.
The Spanish rider will join Marc with Honda replacing Moto GP legend, Jorge Lorenzo who retired in the 2019 season.
Alex has performed exceedingly well in his Moto 2 class, making ten podium wins from 19. It was only a matter of time when fans would be seeing his move up to join brother Marc in Moto GP. It will be interesting to see the brothers battle face to face.
Despite the brotherly love, it seems Marc has no intentions of letting Alex’s first season run easy.
It would be entirely unlikely that Marc would stand down. Marc doesn’t even like to lose on a bicycle, so how could he ever let me win a Moto GP race or a title? He would never do such a thing. Marc is a predator. He wants to win every time.– Alex Marquez
Unfortunately, it looks like Alex will have to wait a little while longer for his Moto GP debut while coronavirus measures are in place and have halted the start of the Moto GP season.
Marc Marquez shoulder operation
After the 2019 season, Marc Marquez had a shoulder operation after dislocating it earlier in the year when he crashed on the first day in Sepang. He had a similar operation and problem on his other shoulder the season before where he had the same issue.
Marquez reassured fans that he will be back and strong in time for the new 2020 season and after a phenomenal year, winning world champion for the eighth time, he has a lot to defend.
With the recent Coronavirus outbreaks, and the first four races behind cancelled and postponed, it works in Marc’s favour and allows him more time to recover and regain strength in the shoulder after a successful shoulder surgery.
A fight to the finish line – who to look out for
After a nail biting 2019 season, it will be interesting to see the form of the riders coming into the new season.
There is some great young talent coming through within the Moto GP class and it will be great to see the first race.
Alex Marquez has come up from Moto 2 GP who has dominated his class throughout the 2019 season so it will be interesting to see how he performs with his new team at Honda alongside brother Marc who is currently the dominant rider of Moto GP. All eyes will be on Alex as he takes on brother Marc for the podium.
Frenchman, Fabio Quatararo also had a great season in 2019, riding up at the front with Marquez. Despite never getting a win, it was great to see him battling with Marquez on the frontline. For such a young rider, it will be great to see him develop as his Moto GP career takes off.
Maverick Vinales is also a contender for the top spot. Although not the obvious choice, he has always been up at the front and in the battle for the top spot, beating Marquez on some occasions.
Spaniard, Alex Rins has also had a good season last year. He’s a very talented rider, however he is either up in the top three positions or down in eighth/ninth place. When he is on good form he creates a real battle for Marquez at the front and on occasions has beaten him.