Racing is back, at last. After a period of four months, in which the COVID-19 pandemic took us on a journey from concern through despair and back to hope again, the MotoGP paddock is busy once again, preparing for a weekend of on-track action. Not as busy as otherwise, perhaps, the atmosphere is very different from a normal weekend, with no fans, no VIPs, no guests, no media, and half of the team members working from home. But the trucks are behind the garages, the riders are in their leathers, and the bikes are back on track.
So what should we be looking out for this weekend, now that racing has returned? Here are a few things to keep an eye on at this critical opening race.
The narrative back in February, before the opening round was called off, was about how Marc Márquez' shoulder would hold up during the first few races. A year after surgery to fix his left shoulder, he had had to have surgery on the right shoulder, to stop it from dislocating like his left shoulder had. The right shoulder was in better shape than the left was, but the surgery to fix it was almost as invasive and intense as the operation in 2018. Would Márquez be fit in time for the 2020 season?