In just under two weeks, Jerez will see the first test of an at least anomalous MotoGP World Championship, in a year of transition towards normality in 2021. A year in which the few certainties that emerged from the pre-season tests, in Malaysia and Qatar, they will be called into question by the long pause due to the COVID-19 emergency, by the concentration of the races and their different timing, with all the consequences in terms of tire performance, but also, and above all, by the frozen development.
Jorge Lorenzo talked about his countryman Marc Marquez: "Obviously, Marquez is the favorite. He has been winning continuously since 2014, with the exception of the year I won the World Championship (2015, Editor's note) and that says it all.
He arrived in MotoGP and won at the debut, and it was repeated almost always , it is MotoGP's Toni Bou. Right now Marc is the best, and it's hard for anyone else to beat him, but things change." Lorenzo continues with the analogy towards Toni Bou.
"Unlike the Trial, in MotoGP the bike is very important - there are many aspects that count: engine, chassis, electronics ... if Marc were to have problems with the bike, or if Honda should not be competitive enough, it could be in difficulty against the Yamaha of Quartararò, which is very fast and very strong, or Maverick, who currently enjoys a position of great mental strength.
And we must not forget Dovi, Valentino or Rins with his Suzuki."
Honda and Marquez's MotoGP WC
Basically what happened in 2015, when Honda took the wrong path in development, and Marquez's (relative) inexperience put him in a difficult situation that degenerated then into the final that we all know.
"Basically, it depends on the bike. If Honda were competitive, Marc remains the favorite. If the bike were to suffer, it could lose a title." All theories confirmed by Pedrosa, who introduced the speech of the winter break.
"After such a long period of rest, it is difficult to say who will be ahead of the first race. Surely someone will need some time, but if they lose too much in the early stages, it will be difficult to recover. It seems that Suzuki and Yamaha are the faster and more constant ones, it is logical to think that they will also be the strongest at the beginning of the championship.
Marc will be in front, he is the champion, while Ducati is a bit of an unknown. Speaking of riders, Marc will be the reference, then the youngsters as Rins, Quartararò and the more experienced ones like Valentino, Maverick and Dovizioso."
Jorge Lorenzo, a luxury baby-pensioner looking for a saddle (potentially that of Dovizioso's Ducati) was the protagonist of a recent interview with Dani Pedrosa, in which he offered his prediction regarding the values on the field in a 2020 World Championship that could turn out to be the least obvious of the last few years.