Thursday, July 23, 2020

MOTO GP: Will 2020 be Known as the Forgotten Season?




Fabio Quartararo appears CURRENTLY to be the Hottest Rider on the MotoGP Grid, who'll presumably notch his maiden MotoGP Victory this Season. But can He or Anybody else stop Marc Marquez? (Image source: visordown.com)
Or just absolutely Plain 'Ol Wacky instead?

Did Y'all find MotoGP on its new Home Peacock Lite', nee NBC Sports last weekend? And did somebody other than Marcus Ye Pinball Wizard' Marquez stand Atop Thee Podium in Spain's Season Opener?

Arse-sumedly it's just Mwah, but! Thanks comca$t! As I'm Gory 86% certain you purposely slotted the MotoGP race coverage to Clash with la Duesh's Formula 1 replay; SIGH!

You Win! As I'm pretty certain the MotoGP race will be far more interesting than another Silver; Err Black Arrows, nee Mercedes victory... 

Obviously we All know how Daunting this year's been for any Motor Racing Series resuming with the Outbreak of the Dreaded COVID 19 Pandemic, which who knows how long it'll remain a central fixture in our lives, Eh? Or how much extra burden it'll place upon the Team's Members or the other various Staffing required to  complete the season.


Thus after the season opening round in Qatar was cancelled Wayback on March 8th, MotoGP's dealt with one after another race postponement or outright cancellations, before finally cobbling together this year's 13 Round European Season Starting with a Two-fer' at Jerez.


Yet during the elongated Offseason, it seems that the news has predominantly focused upon the 2021 Silly Season Rider Market instead, which began Wayback at the end of January.

On January 29th it was announced that Yamaha had signed Fabio Quartararo as Thee Doctor's, nee Valentino Rossi's replacement beginning in 2021 on a two year contract. Which was followed immediately by signing current Factory Yamahopper' Kneedragger Maverick Top Gun' vinale's to a further two year's extension, effectively leaving Rossi out in Thee Cold so to speak.


Since according to Moto Matter's with just three weeks remaining 'til the Season Opening Jerez round July 19th, Rossi and MotoGP title protagonist Dovi', nee Andrea Dovizioso still hadn't signed 2021 contracts.


As Dovizioso was optimistic of answering the Bell at Jerez after having broken his Collar-bone in a MotoX "Warm-up" outing, also three weeks prior to Jerez! For which I've got Zero clue if he did or not - Since I Don't get Up at Bleepity 'Oh Dark-30 No More for Motor Races...

Andrea Dovizioso was Deemed Fit to race in the week leading up to the Season Opening round at Jerez, which is good news since he's one of the few challengers Marquez has on the Grid...

Yet the extended Off-season has been Good News for reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez, who had Shoulder Surgery last year and wasn't sure how close to 100% Fitness he'd be in the early 2020 season's outings. As a Healthy Marquez is not what his competitors were hoping for presumably, Ci?

And whilst Dovizioso's finished Runner-up to Marquez multiple times including last year, other Riders to watch out for besides the aforementioned Yamaha boyz', albeit Quartararo's still racing for the SRT Petronas Satellite Squad. At least he'll have a 2020 Spec Yamaha YZRM1 to challenge Marquez with this year.

You'd have to expect that Suzuki's Alex Rins will be nipping at Marquez & Company's Heels, especially after winning his maiden MotoGP W' last season. And team-mate Joan Mir will hope to continue progressing in his Sophomore campaign.

Otherwise not really sure who else will challenge for the elusive MotoGP Crown Marquez has been Hogging the past several years. Or if LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow can Up His Game in what could be his Swan Song season?

And Pramac Racing's Jack Miller who's bound for one of the Factory Ducati Corse seats next year will obviously wish to impress ahead of the other Duc' Satellite Squads including Johann Zarco, who's Arse-sumedly in a rebuilding mode  at Avintia Racing, since Thar could potentially be a second Factory saddle up for grabs next year?

Rookies
This year three Moto2 lads' have graduated to the Top Class, led by the reigning Moto2 Champion Alex Marquez, Brad Binder and Iker Lecuona.

Presumably everybody knows that Alex Marquez is the younger Brother of reigning Bad Arse MotoGP Champion Marc Pinball Wizard' Marquez, El Correctomundo? As Alex will pilot the #73 Werks' Repsol Honda RC213V alongside Big Bro' Marc.

Although according to much Scuttlebutt, this will most likely be a One 'N Done affair for the foreseeable future, since Alex is another of the myriad 'O Riders to be on the move in 2021...


And I cannot recall two brothers ever racing as team-mates in any racing series? But then again I also Don't focus upon that trivial matter. Although perhaps if I think hard enough; Shush! Perhaps the Flying Franchitti Brothers once contested the 12 Hours of Sebring as team-mates in Seester' Andretti Green Racing or Ye Cheepsters', nee Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) Sports Cars?

But I Dunno, since more likely they competed against each other at Sebring, since Dario's younger brother Marino apparently only drove aboard Highcroft Racing Honda's and CGR once in 2014, the year he won Sebring; But I Digress...

Brad Binder Hails from South Africa and was the 2019 Moto2 Championship Runner-up to Alex Marquez. Binder also won the 2016 Moto3 title and steps up as Johann Zarco's replacement at the Factory KTM Squad after having raced in Moto2 for the KTM Tek Twah' (TEch 3) Satellite Squad. As he'll race aboard the No. 33 Red Bull KTM Factory RC16 mount.

Spaniard Iker Lecuona is a total mystery to Mwah, never hearing of him before this year's MotoGP Championship. And I'm not sure why, Hmm? Perhaps he brings a largish cheque? El Sponsorship Dinero, Ci? Since his best season finish in Moto2 was 12th. But Iker will ride the #27 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 Scooter' this season.

Hopefully somebody other than Marc Marquez will become MotoGP Champion this year, although I Don't have any predictions on who'll Dethrone Him, or if it'll Happen? but Who Knows, Eh?

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