So, the 2014 season is in the books, and wow; so many story lines. World records were smashed and so much to think about for 2015.
With that in mind here is Town Garage’s summary of the Moto GP 2014 season:
Where else to start? Marc Marquez; an unprecedented 13 Moto GP victories throughout the 2014 season. A world record for most races won in a single season in the premier class. The youngest ever back-to-back world champion. The youngest ever rider to win over 3 premier class races in a row. The list of accolades goes on and on, as does this young riders potential, at 21 he has a long career to look forward to. With the internal competition at Honda from Dani Pedrosa we expect more big things from the spaniard in 2015, although it will be hard to rival a season where he won 13 out of 18 races, including a run of 10 wins in a row.
The ‘Return’ of Valentino Rossi: Rossi described himself as ‘not happy’ during his first season with Yamaha in 2013, 2014 saw a return of a hungrier, happier Rossi. The result of this was two victories, 2 of only 5 races that weren’t won by Marc Marquez, and 12 podiums. This represented such an improvement on his 2013 form many people are tipping Rossi for a return to success in 2015. Rossi’s new found happiness is best represented by him signing on to race for Yamaha for a further 2 seasons, taking him up to the 2017 season. Rossi’s combination of experience, he is a 15 season premier class veteran, and his newly recovered hunger make him a 2015 contender.
If the front of the grid bores you after Marquez’ domination why not keep your eyes peeled in 2015 for Jack Miller. The 19-year-old Australian makes his Moto GP debut having finished 2nd in Moto3 in 2014. Obviously there is a massive learning curve physically and mentally for the young Australian to overcome. Thankfully, not only is the ability there but the personality is there as well. On a recent test in Malaysia Miller described how, over the course of 40 laps, he was able to adapt his riding style to the bike in slippery conditions and ended up enjoying the session. He will need plenty of that spirit to keep the machinery underneath him in 2015.
So there you have it, a quick round up of the 2014 season and a list of eye-catching Moto GP 2015 potential.