Why new look MotoGP has the making of an unmissable season
Against the backdrop of rider moves, a calendar shake-up and different rules to play by - thanks to a development freeze instigated by Dorna in the name of cost-saving - the much-delayed MotoGP season has all the ingredients necessary for a classic
In the four months since the planned 2020 season opener in Qatar was abandoned due to the coronavirus crisis, the MotoGP landscape has changed considerably.
The financial bite of COVID-19 has forced governing body the FIM and series promoter Dorna Sports to rethink MotoGP in the short term, with the most notable changes being the ban on bike development for all manufacturers for 2020 and a freeze over the winter that will carry over to the opening of the 2021 campaign. This will put the efforts of winter testing more into focus for all manufacturers, with any apparent problems in their packages now potentially transformed into long-term flaws.
Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year
MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact
Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy
Against the expected run of play at Qatar's Losail circuit, both Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo carved through a resolute Ducati defence to secure back-to-back MotoGP wins for the Japanese marque. After a difficult 2020, it appears that Yamaha has swaggered back into championship contention
Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice
OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.
OPINION: Johann Zarco talked a big game pre-season, and is so far vindicating himself as a factory rider at Pramac after finishing the Qatar GP as top Ducati in second. And contrasting his and Jack Miller's weekends and their approaches, is Zarco emerging as Ducati's true MotoGP leader?
Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?
Crutchlow: LCR exit won't change Honda's MotoGP factory support
Marquez explains importance of two Jerez MotoGP races for Honda