The Board

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 Val Khorounzhiy, News Editor 

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 Le Duncan, Special Contributor

 Chris Stevens, Special Contributor

Honourable mentions

 Franco Morbidelli ( Yamaha)

LD: Morbidelli will need to wade through evolution for Yamaha across this season, however when his pace on the annoying Marc VDS past year is anything to go by, the Rossi protege will prove a key breadwinner for Iwata this past year.

OP: Bagnaia needs to be viewed the principal competitor to struggle Petrucci to the place along side Dovizioso at the factory Ducati team in 2020. However, to do that, he’ll have to be at Pramac team mate Miller and ensure he’s rookie of the year.

CB: I actually expect KTM’s no game to be raised in 2013 with an a list standard rider like Zarco.

Johann Zarco, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM Factory Racing,

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Spain Joan Mir (Suzuki)

Top prediction: 4th (CS)

DG: Whether Mir may have combined MotoGP a bit too early is up for debate (he is one of the least experienced premier-class debutants in recent times), however nobody has fought on a mill Suzuki in recent times, that’ll enable him to be the very best newcomer of 2019.

CS: Mir’s no talent cannot be denied, of course, when Suzuki really has turned into the GSX-RR in to a regular competitor for wins, and then there isn’t any explanation as to the 20 17 Moto3 winner can’t be up there with team mate Rins.

Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Team Suzuki MotoGP, joan Mir

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Top prediction: 7th (CS)

J-K : Miller’s sort took a dip this past year once it became clear he would not be considered a factory Ducati rider in 2019, but the good news is that Petrucci’s one-piece bargain gives him another shot at proving himself. Improving his consistency will be very important.

LD: Now on full roles Ducati machines and keen to combine with the mill effort in 2020,” Miller needs to have his best season of his career. Acting for a test mule is going to probably be of some interference, but podiums are well within his or her skills.

CS: Most believe it will have been Miller in Petrucci’s place this season and also on a bike as strong while the GP19, he might have many chances to remind Ducati why.

Jack Miller, Pramac Racing

Jack Miller, Pramac Racing

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Top prediction: 7th (CB)

CB: With Lorenzo having the nod at the works team, expect Crutchlow to race using a chip on his shoulder — and it should spur him on to beat the Spaniard!

OP: Crutchlow indicates in the previous 3 seasons how fast they could be — he was the only non-factory team race winner this past year. However, after his injury at Phillip Island, then he will need to regain that rate as possible to remain in the struggle for the top positions.

VK: His preseason has never been massively encouraging, but it should not revise the previous four years, during which Crutchlow has become a potent force on the RC213V.

Cal Crutchlow, Team LCR Honda

Team LCR , cal Crutchlow

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Top prediction: 4th (DG)

CB: Petrucci will definitely take advantage of his big chance to step in to the major leagues, also certainly can give team mate Dovizioso a couple headaches.

JK: The pressure is well and truly on Petrucci to prove he deserves to be kept on outside the condition of the current one-year deal. But he’s been making a strong case to be stowed in testing, and also his harmonious relationship with Dovizioso is sure to make him hot in the Ducati garage.

DG: Petrucci will not be persistent enough to struggle to the name, or maintain with Dovizioso, however he will provide great support for his team mate and also get his first MotoGP win, revealing Ducati he may be worth keeping around.

Danilo Petrucci, Ducati Team

Ducati Team, danilo Petrucci

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Top prediction: 4th (CB, JK)

CB: Old stager Rossi it’s still well in the combination for race wins,” however I could ’t see him sticking Vinales’ pace over a season.

J-K : Currently 40 years young, Rossi’s longevity, devotion and passion continues to amaze and inspire in equal measure. However, sooner or later, the Italian’s age is going to be reflected in the consequences, and team mate Vinales has had him’s step in testing.

VK: His mixed preseason probably isn’t a very reliable index for its campaign itself, nonetheless Rossi’s usual Sunday magical might perhaps not be enough for a name challenge if he and his Yamaha team do not find some more outright pace.

DG: Ironically, Yamaha fixing the worst of its own problems may end up damaging Rossi significantly more than it helps himas Vinales can seem to have more out of the bike when matters move smoothly.

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing

Yamaha Factory Racing,

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Spain Jorge Lorenzo ()

Top prediction: 3rd (LD)

OP: He will want a few races to show his full potential with all the , however if he has comfortable on the bike, Lorenzo will become a dangerous team mate to Marquez. Get more assurance in order to battle to the name in 2020, and his main aim for 2019 will be to acquire a Few races.   

J-K : With no Thailand crash, Lorenzo could have comfortably finished inside the top five last 12 months, and I’m expecting a similar form of year for its newbie: some shaky first 3 races, an initial podium bidding in Jerez and afterward multiple race victories at some of his happier hunting grounds.

LDLorenzo demonstrated he was more than a one-trick pony during his Ducati stint, and the challenge of facing up against Marquez on equal machinery increases his game farther. Already adapting to this RC213V he will emerge as a potent punch.

CS: Since he is still overcoming injury and learning a brand new bike (even though he claims to know it a lot better than he did the Ducati this time around this past year),” 2019 is unlikely to be Lorenzo’so . However a reasonable fight Marquez is just one we cannot wait to see and yet one that Lorenzo could come on top of.

Jorge Lorenzo, Repsol Honda Team

Repsol Team, jorge Lorenzo

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4.  Spain Alex Rins (Suzuki)

Top prediction: 1st (LD)

OP: The surprise of this preseason. After scoring no fewer than five podiums in a impressive sophomore season, the first success of Rins should arrive so on. Although question opinions remain regarding his rate, his pace at testing was with Marquez and Vinales.

VK: Still winless, yet fundamentally MotoGP’s form man in the final races of 2018. Suzuki’s development was led by him last year, and will have moulded the improved to his own liking.

LDPegged by Marquez as willing to fight for the world championship, Rins has been incredible in testing and looks to get carried to the use of team leader tremendously well. Provided that the Suzuki remains a machine, Rins is ready to take it.

CS: Rins has demonstrated that which he could be capable of, but he currently has the MotoGP experience and comprehension of this bike to bring in the outcome earlier. The bike seems to be at a location where Suzuki can be in the hunt.

Alex Rins, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Alex Rins, Team Suzuki MotoGP

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Top prediction: 1st (JK, DG)

CB: It’s time to see Vinales take that jump to regular race winner with Yamaha and send all the promise he demonstrated with Suzuki.

OP: After couple of years to forget at Yamaha, Vinales has shifted several critical bits of his team in order to find the balance he thought was overlooking. Also, the M1 bike has shown consistency despite the lack of rate. 

J-K : In preseason testing, Vinales has looked every inch the riders who took MotoGP by storm in 20 17 – temporarily. Now armed with just two years of experience this could be his year.

VK: The bike was perhaps not overly fast, but Vinales was clearly hampered with the off-track disharmony within his team this past year. Because Vinales only needs to steady himself, crew leader from Ramon Forcada to Esteban Garcia’s change might be a crucial part of the mystery — the Yamaha’s presently betterhe scarcely crashes and he could be clearly super fast.

DG: When the Yamaha functioned well, Vinales was regularly exceptional before. And yet an upturn in testing, in addition to in shape in late 2018, would suggest the most crippling problems of the M1 are sorted.

Maverick Viñales, Yamaha Factory Racing

Maverick Viñales, Yamaha Factory Racing

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Italy Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)

Top prediction: 1st (CS)

CB: I’m not sure Dovizioso can repeat his form of the past few years that this time around, however he’ll be a strong contender.

OP: The single rider able to battle Marquez’s supremacy in the previous couple of years. His operation at Qatar test and Sepang was not just the best, however we all know he may be the most useful when it comes to the art of concealing his cards. He will be there towards the front.

VK: Dovizioso may win a good few races, and certainly will gain from Ducati’s full attention, but I’m not quite convinced he has that excess tenth to eventually overpower Marquez.

DG: With great incorporation at Ducati and Marquez starting this season injured, Dovizioso could possess his best chance yet to overcome the superstar this past year. However, Vinales on a consistently good Yamaha could prove as big a hurdle to over come.

CS: Ducati undoubtedly seems to possess a solid package at the table and Dovizioso is more than capable of beating Marquez in elbow-to-elbow combat. Eliminating several elements that were exposed past season can help him finally breakthrough and acquire his first world title since 2004.

Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team

Ducati Team, andrea Dovizioso

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1.  Spain Marc Marquez ()

Top prediction: 1st (CB, OP, VK)

CB: ” I can’t see Marquez’s shoulder injury keeping him down, as long as does not drop the chunk, 2019 will probably be another chapter in his burgeoning legend.


J-K : Marquez said himself last year that he knows his amazing streak of recent victory can’t carry on forever, and does not seem to be in the greatest shape heading into this season. Still the preferred, but his opponents may not get many chances to knock him.

VK: On the back of three successive names he never looked like losing, even a hobbled Marquez simply needs to be preferred heading right into 2019.

LDMarquez faces his toughest campaign nonetheless with Lorenzo like a team mate, in addition to another challengers him around. His experience of this will ensure he beats Lorenzo this calendar year, but he will need to visit a degree that is new to come off with the name.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Team

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