On track the champion wins alone. At first glance, the champion stands alone too. However, behind them is a vast crew of people performing a highly orchestrated ballet of data, strategies, emotions, and hard work. What you see on TV screen or from the grandstands is the culmination of this teamwork.
Franky Morbidelli had long been promising the kind of dominance he displayed in the Moto2 Grand Prix opener at Losail, Qatar last weekend. The EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider set off from Pole Position in the dry first round of eighteen to coast past Thomas Luthi and romp home to a maiden triumph. The Italian had been threatening the Moto2 class with such a performance in numerous fixtures during the second half of the 2016 campaign and made his form count for an emphatic first statement of the 2017 campaign.
The table is set for the 2016 MotoGP season with the culmination of the third and final pre-season test at Losail, Qatar and at which reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo and iconic teammate Valentino Rossi – recently turned 37 – gave every indication they are ready to start gobbling up more spoils and trophies in the eighteen rounds ahead.
Jorge Lorenzo won the 2015 MotoGP FIM World Championship with a faultless and impeccable display at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia last November. Fast forward five months and the twenty-eight year old Majorcan displayed the same intensity and flawless style to own the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar at Losail ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez with fellow Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi rounding out the top four.