I’m excited about MotoGP 2017, mainly because there have been changes we haven’t see the like of in years. Chief among them has to be Jorge Lorenzo moving from Yamaha to Ducati. It’s going to be fascinating to see what he can do on the Ducati.
Marc Marquez is obviously going to be in the mix but Honda should have taken more of a chance on their second rider, but they love Dani Pedrosa.
Valentino Rossi will be desperate to secure a tenth world title but he’s got a very fast Maverick Vinales alongside him. There’s a chance these two could fall out, although Valentino Rossi doesn’t always fall out with his team-mates.
It’s great to have KTM coming into the championship with Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro. Hopefully they’ll have a great development year.
MotoGP rookie Sam Lowes, on the Aprilia, will have to quickly adapt to riding a MotoGP bike because they take so much more out of you, while Cal Crutchlow can be in the hunt in 2017.
Also keep an eye out for Andrea Iannone on the Suzuki – he’s fast and I love watching his wild riding style. I really rate his rookie team-mate, Alex Rins, too. Once he’s settled into MotoGP expect fireworks from the Suzuki team. For me, another great team line-up is the Tech 3 Yamaha squad of Johan Zarco and Jonas Folger. There are so many sub-plots to keep an eye on this year it’s going to be amazing!
My heart would love to see Valentino Rossi get his tenth world title but if I had to bet my car on it, I’d go for Marquez for the championship – but I may well lose my car.