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Champions, teams and karma

I don’t know about you, but I will be glued to the telly this weekend as the MotoGp World Championship comes to an end at Valencia in Spain. It matters not to me that the titles in all three classes have been decided, the standard of racing that the 2018 season has produced makes it unmissable viewing regardless (if you leave out Silverstone, of course).

Last weekend at Sepang the final undecided titles were finalised with Pecco Bagnaia wrapping up the Moto2 title with relative ease and Jorge Martin surviving the usual Moto3 mayhem to edge out Marco Bezzechi in a titanic struggle that went right to the end. You really had to feel sorry for Marco, all he had to do was finish 4th but the pressure got to him and a lot of other riders who had no direct interest in the title chase hampered his charge and 5th was the best he could do. Having said that, he will be ruing the three unforced errors that blotted his report card mid-season; I think I mentioned at the time that they might prove costly in the long term.

So with only pride on the line at Valencia, I’m tipping it will be a brutal encounter in all classes. Several riders, most notably Dani Pedrosa, will be having their last ride in the class and their attention could easily be distracted by the prospect of the end of season test that takes place straight afterwards. With a lot of riders getting to ride their 2019 bikes for the first time, the test will also be well worth watching.

With that in mind, then, here is the finalised list of riders/teams in MotoGp for 2019.

Repsol Honda
Marc Marquez
Jorge Lorenzo (moves from Ducati Team)

Movistar Yamaha
Valentino Rossi
Maverick Vinales

Ducati Team
Andrea Dovizioso
Danilo Petrucci (moves from Pramac Ducati)

Suzuki
Alex Rins
Joan Mir (Rookie)

Red Bull KTM
Johann Zarco (moves from Tech3 KTM)
Pol Espargaro

Aprilia Gresini
Aleix Espargaro
Andrea Iannone (moves from Suzuki)

Tech3 KTM
Hafizh Syahrin
Miguel Oliveira (Rookie)

LCR Honda
Cal Crutchlow
Takaaki Nakagami

Pramac Ducati
Jack Miller
Francesco Bagnaia (Rookie)

Reale Avintia Ducati
Tito Rabat
Karel Abraham (moves from Angel Nieto Team)

SIC Yamaha (new team)
Franco Morbidelli
Fabio Quartararo (Rookie)

Finally, on the subject of Sepang, it turns out that I wasn’t the only person to wonder if Valentino Rossi had karma jump up and bite him last weekend. I’m pretty sure that one Marc Marquez had to suppress a giggle as he saw the Yamaha skidding down the road. What goes around, comes around, they say.

I had a clear day today and was greatly looking forward to dusting off the Honda (literally) but it’s raining so…till next time.