This weekend, the MotoGP season kicks off in Qatar, with all sorts of questions waiting to be answered.
Of course, there’s been plenty of test riding already this year, and this weekend’s action starts early, to let the riders fit a little more practice in. Instead of the usual three-day weekend, the riders will start testing on Thursday, giving them four days.
With Casey Stoner gone, one of the biggest questions this year is whether or not his replacement at Honda, Marc Marquez, can rise to the challenge and dominate as easily as the Australian ace did in recent years.
Race fans are also wondering how Valentino Rossi will fare, after returning to Yamaha. Rossi spent two years toiling for Ducati, and got nowhere. The once-great racer wasn’t even close to contention during his stay with the Italian manufacturer; since returning to the blue and white, he’s actually led a test session (at Jerez). This weekend should give watchers an idea as to whether or not he’s still got what it takes.