Monday, 20 February 2012

MotoGP World Champion Superstars Aren't Born Every Day

Irish Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Finally it’s upon us, another season of motorcycle road racing, championships to be won, and lost - familiar names, new names – all vying for glory around the World - though most certainly not at the highest level. In MotoGP where three riders have been dominating the championship, it will be more of the same – the usual suspects Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo, and Valentino Rossi fighting for the title. Perhaps Ben Spies can surprise us if he raise his game and consistency, and who knows what miracle the fast, fickle, fragile Dani Pedrosa might produce along the way, but the World Championship – that surely would be a miracle.
And what of rest, including the new names on the MotoGP entry list this season - will we have a new winner this time around? Only if some mysterious invisible selective kryptonite force field renders inoperable the aforementioned aliens - Stoner, Lorenzo, Rossi, Spies and Pedrosa. So from where might one ask would the next MotoGP Superstar emerge – the next alien? Whilst true that a potential MotoGP rider is born each and every day of the year, being capable of merely riding a MotoGP projectile isn’t quite the same as being a competitive MotoGP rider. Watch any MotoGP race for the evidence, and this year with the arrival of the CRT travelling chicanes!

On these wee islands we have several potential World Championship contenders, though not at MotoGP level one hastens to add. Jonathan Rea, Eugene Laverty, Leon Haslam, Cal Crutchlow, Leon Camier are all fast riders but moi would suggest they won’t ever be vying for the MotoGP title. Coming along behind them we have of course Danny Kent, Scott Redding, and Bradley Smith - all of whom despite promising much, have invariably failed to thus far deliver. And then we have Kyle Ryde – not yet 15 but already British 125GP Championship and ACU Academy Cup Winner – a young man who now needs to move on to new challenges – without doubt, Kyle could be a future MotoGP Superstar.

Slightly further afield, Spain has at least two worthy teenage contenders – leading the way is Marc Marquez, a young man destined for greatness - until the self inflicted eye injuries incident – a moment of madness from the impetuous teenager that might yet seriously curtail his ambitions. Also fast gaining an enviable reputation in the MotoGP paddock is 125GP Rookie of the Year compatriot 17 years old Maverick Viñales – described as being a timid, humble, hardworking teenager – another born winner.

And finally from the country that gave us such notables as Kevin Schwantz, Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer, Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson – first mentioned by moi back in March 2010 -another exceptional talent has emerged. Born 15 years ago in Southern California – Tyler Linders - the next American MotoGP World Championship Superstar.

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Photographs Courtesy of Brandon Bones Photography

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