Fans of Motorcycle Grand Prix racing know it’s one of the most excitement sports around, so it’s no surprise that people from all over the world tune in every year. The 2010 MotoGP season promises to deliver plenty of thrills as some of the biggest personalities and stars in recent years will clash in 18 different races from the Middle East through Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.
One question on the minds of fans and critics alike is whether or not the seemingly unstoppable Italian Valentino Rossi will continue to dominate the races. Rossi, riding with the Fiat Yamaha team, is widely seen as one of the greatest racers in the history of the sport, with a whopping nine Grand Prix championships and more 500cc victories to his name than anyone else.
While the 2006 MotoGP season saw trouble for Rossi, ending with a last-minute crash in Valencia and the loss of the title, the Italian has made a remarkable comeback. Dominating in 2008 and 2009, Rossi is indisputably the king of the hill and the man to beat as the 2010 season begins. Though the first Grand Prix of the season, in Qatar, saw Rossi claim the familiar number one spot, teammate Jorge Lorenzo and Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso, a 125cc champion, aren’t far behind.
Spanish Grand Prix, May 2 (Jerez, Spain)
The very next Grand Prix, taking place on May 2 on the Jerez circuit in Spain should be one of the best to watch. The IRTA, the International Road Racing Teams Association, chose 2009’s Jerez Grand Prix as the best of the last season. Organizers now have plenty of expectations from fans and racers alike to live up to. With Rossi’s win in Qatar, the world will see whether or not he can keep the momentum going into Jerez.
US Grand Prix, July 25 (Laguna Seca, USA)
Not to be confused with the Indianapolis Grand Prix, which will host the tenth round of the MotoGP World Championship on August 29th, the Laguna Seca circuit is arguably the more interesting of the two. Laguna Seca’s Mazda Raceway is one of the most famous of the eighteen circuits of the season. Known for its corkscrew turn, arguably one of the most famous turns in racing, the circuit is sure to prove challenging for riders and exciting for fans.
Valencian Grand Prix, November 7 (Valencia, Spain)
The final round of the Championship will undoubtedly be a must-watch for those who have followed the races all season long. In previous years, Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo proved decisive, particularly with Valentino Rossi’s aforementioned crash in 2006. Fans of the sport know that anything can happen, despite the standings, and Valencia is where the championship will finally be on the line.