The fastest sport on two wheels is preparing to start on April 11th in Qatar and the boys were down on Sepang International Circuit this week taking their prototype bikes through a few paces of the circuit to try to get them in shape for the start of the 2010 season. It’s going to be one exciting start to the season and 2010 should be a year to remember in the history books of MotoGP. Valentino Rossi is setting a new standard for sportbike champions everytime he goes across the line first and if he keeps winning at this pace, he’s still young enough to race for quite a few years yet, we could be talking about a number of MotoGP Premier Class World Championships that could be out of reach for the racers on his rear tire. Valentino hasn’t made any noise about quitting riding sportbikes anytime soon, so it could be a tough time in MotoGP Premier Class history to win a world championship for others.
Valentino Rossi looked pretty good at the first test session at Sepang International Circuit three weeks ago and set the best lap time and only one under two minutes. He should be even futher along in his development of the bike at the second test and unless the other riders have made some improvements, he could lead the times at the second this week. Valentino’s teammate and competitor Jorge Lorenzo won’t be at the second test session at Sepang this week, he’s still nursing a hand injury sustained in a training accident.
Casey Stoner will be at the track this week, along with his teammate Nicky Hayden, the duo will be working on their Desmosedici GP10 prototype bikes, and trying to get comfortable with the feel of their rides. Things appear to be going pretty slow over at Ducati Marlboro, so far this season, but the new engine appears to be rounding into racing shape. Hopefully, they’ll be able to get everything figured out with the bikes and we’ll soon get to witness the true power and performance of Ducati’s new engine design.
Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso will be out on the track on the RC212V for Repsol Honda, this week the pair will be trying to get comfortable with their bikes as they take them around the track a few times to thrill the fans. Repsol Honda has also had the head down working diligently and haven’t said to much this season, so far, they appear to be getting the bikes ready to race at a slow rate and if they don’t pick up the pace could be behind a little when the flag drops on the first race.
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