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Kenny Noyes Interview: "Moto2 Is A Really Amazing Class!"

The 2010 season opener at Qatar also witnessed the birth of a brand new class. The Moto2 bikes - a prototype chassis housing a standardized Honda engine - had generated a lot of interest during the off season, not least because the class threw up a number of new and unknown names in the tests. One of the favorites to emerge from the preseason was American rider Kenny Noyes, riding a PromoHarris Moto2 bike for the Jack&Jones Banderas Racing team.

After finishing consistently in the top three during testing, Noyes had a difficult qualifying session, ending up just 30th on the grid. A tactical error, and being caught off guard by the adrenaline-fueled chaos of the last 10 minutes of qualifying saw Noyes 1.8 seconds off polesitter Toni Elias, at a track he had only seen before testing road bikes for a Spanish magazine. We caught up with Noyes a couple of hours before the Moto2 race was due to start at Qatar.

Kenny Noyes at Qatar, during the Moto2 race

MotoMatters.com: Nervous yet?

Kenny Noyes: Not now! [Laughs] I was real nervous before the first session, especially the first free session, going out there the first time in the World Championship, and learning the track. It's a lot to take in at once. But I kinda settled down as the weekend has gone on, and now I'm starting pretty far back, but we can only really go forward from here.

Photo Of The Day: Rossi's Red Hot Carbon Disks At Qatar

We have made no secret of our scepticism about MotoGP's season opening night race at Qatar. It delays the start of the season and is more about the spectacle of the lighting than the actual racing. But even we have to admit it produces some great side-effects. Here's our current favorite: Valentino Rossi during qualifying, trail-braking into a turn, his carbon-fiber disks lit up cherry red, as captured by MotoMatters.com's star photographer Scott Jones

Valentino Rossi at Qatar, brake disks lit up

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

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

Saturday Images From The Nikon Of Scott Jones


Rossi missing out on pole was not for want of trying


One half of Team Texas

Scott Jones' Friday Photos From Qatar - Part II


Yuki Takahashi, and the Mistral 610


With 41 Moto2 bikes, the track was packed

Scott Jones' Friday Photos From Qatar - Part I


Nearly ready ...


Jorge Lorenzo groks Web 2.0 and social media

More Pre-Race Photos From Scott Jones


Now that's what I call a full grid: The riders for the 2010 Moto2 season


MotoGP In Qatar - Brought to you men in immaculate white robes


Vladimir Ivanov's Moriwaki. This bike could be near the front


Spec tires, spec engines, spec electronics - Still beautiful

Scott Jones Shoots The 2010 MotoGP Bikes


Loris Capirossi's Rizla Suzuki


Randy de Puniet's Honda RC212V, brought to you by Givi


Dani Pedrosa's Repsol Honda


Casey Stoner's Marlboro Ducati. The paint is stunning under the lights, far better than pictures can do justice.

Ducati Introduction, Day 3 - GP10 Unveiled, Domenicali Speaks

The third day of Ducati's traditional MotoGP team launch saw several events of real note. The most prominent but probably least significant was the official unveiling of Ducati's 2010 Desmosedici GP10, the machine that Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner will be campaigning in the upcoming season. The bike had been unofficially "unveiled" some three weeks ago, when Nicky Hayden put some photos he'd taken with his iPhone on his personal website without first obtaining permission from Ducati. "It probably got me in the doghouse a bit," Hayden admitted, but as the bike had already made its debut at the Valencia post-race tests, no real harm was done.

2010 Ducati Desmosedici GP10 MotoGP bike

2010 MotoMatters.com Motorcycle Racing Calendar Still Shipping

Though the gift-giving season may be past, the motorcycle racing season is still a long way off. To help ease the wait, and to aid you in planning your life around the MotoGP and World Superbike racing series, as befits a true race fan, you can still get your hands on one of our beautiful 2010 Motorcycle Racing Calendars. With January one quarter gone, you will have missed eight days of looking at Scott Jones' beautiful action shot of Colin Edwards, but February's stunning shot of Valentino Rossi, brakes lit up at Qatar, should more than compensate you for that, along with 10 other fantastic photos and a double-page spread of the 2009 World Champion Rossi.

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