The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast takes a look back at the two opening rounds of the World Superbike championship. Steve English, WorldSBK commentator extraordinaire, talks to David Emmett about the Philllip Island and Thailand rounds of WorldSBK.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Michelin after a thriling season opener at Qatar:
Press releases from the Moto2 & Moto3 teams after the first race of the season at Qatar:
Race day in Qatar would turn into a microcosm of the entire weekend. The hopes and fears of fans and riders alike were both realized and averted. The idea that any kind of plan could be made to deal with this weekend went out the window pretty quickly. And yet at the end, three great races (or rather, two fantastic races and one interesting race) happened, and everyone got out more or less in one piece.
Stars were born on Sunday, some prophesied, some appearing out of the blue. It felt like the beginning of the new era we had been hoping for. MotoGP – once it got underway – was as topsy-turvy as expected. In Moto2, favorites performed as they needed to, while new stars emerged from behind. And in the Moto3 class, last year's rookies matured, and produced a heady brew of thrilling racing.
The weather conditioned it all. Spots of rain ahead of the Asia Talent Cup – like the Red Bull Rookies Cup at European races, the most frenetic racing of the weekend – soon dissipated, the sun soon breaking through. Fine weather prevailed for most of the evening, but as the Moto2 bikes rolled back into pit lane at the end of the race, the rain once again made its presence felt. Lightly at first, and quickly disregarded, but a little heavier as 9pm, the scheduled start of the MotoGP race, approached.
Championship standings after the first race at Qatar:
Results and summary of a thrilling MotoGP season opener:
Moto2 standings after the first race of the season:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Qatar:
Moto3 championship standings after the first race of the season at Qatar:
Results and summary of a classic Moto3 race: