2020 Qatar Race Day Subscriber Notes: A Plan for Moto3, Why Night Time Is Tough On Tires, And Where Next For MotoGP?

The 2020 Grand Prix Motorcycle Road Racing Season is officially underway. On Sunday, we had two races to kickstart an uncertain and disrupted season. The star attraction may have been missing, with MotoGP sidelined due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus, and Italians banned from entering Qatar, but Moto2 and Moto3 delivered, as they so often do.

So here is what we learned from the opening round of MotoGP (the series, not the class) at Qatar:

  • Moto3 – why having a plan matters
  • Moto3 – harsher punishments are starting to bite
  • How the changed schedule threw Moto2 a curve ball
  • Echoes of Moto2's debut season to kick off the second decade of the class
  • Why the opening Moto2 race may not mean a lot down the stretch
  • What difference a change of management can make
  • How Remy Gardner's steel discs can light up the desert night as well as carbon
  • What next for MotoGP?

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"Maybe because we didn't really use it all weekend, I think if we could have figured out a little something better to work with the front, I think maybe we could have had more pace. I was kind of itching to go faster, but I felt a little held back."

David- I believe he was referring to the harder option that he raced with. That the balance was off because they didn't put many/any laps on it in practice, at night.

I have to admit my pre-season motogp predictions for the podium finishers for the first race were completely wrong. Despite that, the supporting classes provided a lot of entertainment and close racing. Go Roberts!