OnTheThrottle Video Interview With Ben Spies - Post Qatar

Roger Lee Hayden was not the only guest on the OnTheThrottle.TV live video show after this weekend's racing. Monster Yamaha's Ben Spies also came on the show, to talk about his first race as a fully paid-up member of the MotoGP paddock. Here's what Spies had to say about how qualifying and racing went:

OnTheThrottle Video Interview With Roger Lee Hayden

After this weekend's double-header of races, with both World Superbikes in Valencia and MotoGP in Qatar, OnTheThrottleTV put on their usual excellent live video show, featuring interviews and news. The interview subject for the World Superbike series was Roger Lee Hayden, who talks to Dave Williams about the Valencia weekend and living in Ben Spies mountain hideaway in Como, Italy. Here's what Hayden had to say:

2010 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 1, Losail, Qatar

MotoGP Championship standings for round 1, 2010

2010 Moto2 Championship Standings After Round 1, Losail, Qatar

Championship standings for round 1, 2010

2010 125cc Championship Standings After Round 1, Losail, Qatar

Championship standings for round 1, 2010

2010 World Superbike Championship Standings After Round 3, Valencia

Championship standings for round 3, 2010

2010 World Supersport Championship Standings After Round 3, Valencia

Championship standings for round 3, 2010

Scott Jones' Race Day Photos From Qatar - Part II


Nicky Hayden found some answers on Sunday, and showed he hasn't lost his mojo


Dani Pedrosa's drawn out and public falling out with Honda continued at Qatar


Meanwhile, his Repsol Honda teammate showed there's not that much wrong with the RC212V, pushing Rossi hard for the win

Editor's Blog: Scott Jones Shoots The Fiat Yamaha Team

By the time you read this, I will probably be in transit, flying back home from Qatar, and trying to shift my sleep schedule back to some semblance of normality. Most of all, I will be looking back on an amazing weekend spent in Qatar, thanks to the generosity of the Fiat Yamaha team, and most particularly, their sponsor Fiat. So as a way of expressing my gratitude to them, here's a collection of photos of the Fiat Yamaha Team in action. You as a reader won't be disappointed, though, as all - with the exception of the out-of-focus last shot - come from the lens of Scott Jones, MotoMatters.com friend, photographer, and stellar talent. All of the photos that have appeared on MotoMatters.com from Qatar are available for purchase as large prints from Scott at Turn2Photography.com. You should also check his personal photography blog at scottjones.net.


@lorenzo99 gets all 2.0 on MotoGP


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WSBK: Valencia Race Notes -- Normal Service

Before the 20210 World Superbike season began, pundits (including yours truly) took great relish in playing  the prognostication game. In this fantasy world, the Xerox Ducati teammates of Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio were the odds-on pre-season favorites. Some, however, conjectured that Haga was so psychologically devastated from flinging away the 2009 championship at the last round at Portimao that he wouldn't be able to go through the same excruciating process this year, but most thought that when push came to shove, Nitro Nori would summon his inner warrior and make yet another serious quest for his first World Superbike championship.

Other sure contenders were thought to be Max Biaggi, aboard an Aprilia RSV4 that would benefit from a year of development, Jonny Rea, also in his sophomore year on the Ten Kate Honda, James Toseland and Chris Vermeulen, who both had something to prove after their demotion from MotoGP. And, oh yeah, Leon Haslam was doing good things in testing on the Alstare Suzuki and was clearly a man to be watched.

Race results and championship standings
2010

Scott Jones' Race Day Photos From Qatar - Part I


Big Ben's tough qualifying was followed by an outstanding race


This was about as big as Valentino Rossi's lead got


Scorpion

Editor's Blog: Journalists Are Fans Too

 One of the best places in the world to watch a MotoGP race - apart from the stands, among the fans - is in the press room. Journalism is supposed to be a lofty profession, whose practitioners raise themselves above the level of the subjective fans, and regard the world with a cool, clear, objective eye. To be fair, for most of the weekend, that's exactly what the journalists attempt to do. But once the lights go out and the racing starts, any pretense of objectivity goes right out of the window, and the journos become ordinary fans once again.

2010 Qatar MotoGP Race Result - Thrilling Season Opener Full Of Surprises

Results and summary of the MotoGP race from Qatar:

2010 Qatar Moto2 Race Result - New Era Dawns With Strong Winner

Results and summary of the first ever Moto2 race, from Qatar:

2010 Qatar 125cc Race Result - Breakaway Halts Four-Way Dust-Up

Results and summary of the 125cc race at Qatar:

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