The first MotoGP race of the 2012 season is at Losail, Qatar this Easter Sunday, April 8th.
This is also the return of 1000cc engines, and the debut of the “CRT” (Claiming Rule Teams) bikes based on production streetbike engines.
The usual characters have been leading testing so far, but there are a few underlying questions that can’t be answered until the racing begins such as:
Has Rossi been sandbagging during testing to not show his hand to Stoner?
Will the bigger engines tip the balance toward former Superbike riders such as Spies, Hayden and Crutchlow?
Will the smaller riders (Pedrosa, Stoner) have the stamina to wrestle with the heavier and faster bikes for the entire race distance?
The results at Qatar aren’t necessarily indicative of what might happen for the whole season since it is a night race (lower surface temperature) and the track is often very slick due to dust and sand. But these conditions can also produce quite an exciting race.
We will be meeting at O’Malley’s to watch the race from the DVR as usual, but this time at 6 PM instead of lunch time. This is so everyone can do their Easter Sunday activites without the race getting in the way.
Check the Club Activities page for a map and more info.
See you there!