This is a new section written exclusively for LPMCC.net by Roland Potter.
Status late June
The season's well underway now, with quite a few surprises!
Who would have thought Dovi, Andrea Dovizioso Ducati, would have won, not one but two races!
Also Lorenzo now getting to grips with the Ducati, but inconsistent. One week struggles in mid-field then next leads the race until his tyres go off. Says he can't ride the bike like the Yamaha, once the tyres go off he hasn't the confidence to push.
Valentino started so well, can he regain that form in Assen, a track he loves and has done well at in the past.
Will Maverick burst back to the front and win some more? Still the championship leader from Dovi who's only 7 points behind him now.
After a brilliant start, can Zarco improve some more and get on the podium?
With Folger getting better and better, he could be in for a trophy soon.
Marc Márquez has been a more cautious than previous years. Sometimes totally dominating and then having difficulties with the tyres but always up the Sharpe end.
Dani Pedrosa has had a better year so far, winning in Jerez, Spain. Last time out though tried an impossible move that would never work on Cal Crutchlow. Taking them both out on the last lap!
Suzuki seem to be struggling, Ianone hasn't shown his form like last year. And rookie Álex Rins starting off steadily, has been out for a few races returns after injuring his leg.
How about the Brits?
Cal Crutchlow, amongst his woes crashing and being knocked off, has been very impressive. I reckon he'll be on the podium soon.
Scott Redding is getting better too. Some strong results I think he could be a Ducati dark horse if things goes his way soon.
Bradley Smith and Sam Lowes both have been having problems.
Brad just had that nasty crash hurting his little finger. But has been making good steps and will soon be in contention.
While Sam has had an enormous step up from Moto2, and learning a new bike and a team to get to know. He's making progress, although not as much as he'd like.
So anything can happen, and in MotoGP it usually does!
It's exciting stuff and always worth watching!
You can watch it on BT Sports or live free streaming on your computer.
- Roland Potter