MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
MotoGP’s strongest-ever team is here
Márquez and Lorenzo make the most successful team in premier-class history… shame they’re unlikely to be fully fit for the first race
Most team launches are a bit, well, meh, because the future is like looking for Eldorado: it’s easy to promise all kinds of gold and glory before the journey has even begun.
During every team launch you will hear riders explain why they are looking forward to fighting for the title because they’ve got the best bike, the best team, the best sponsors, the best team-mate, the best of everything… It’s déjà vu-inducing.
Well, nearly every time, because some team launches are a bit special. Like today’s Repsol Honda launch in Madrid, which is historically significant: the first time in seven decades of Grand Prix racing that two team-mates have lined up for a new season holding the last seven premier-class crowns between them.
Therefore Marc Márquez and Jorge Lorenzo are the strongest-ever 500cc/MotoGP line-up; stronger than Giacomo Agostini and Mike Hailwood, stronger than Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson, stronger than Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.
And bike racing’s most successful pairing is riding for the most successful team, winner of seven of the last eight MotoGP constructors’ world championships.
And funnily enough, apart from Ago’s reign on the unbeatable MV Agusta, only one team has monopolised the top step of the podium throughout a whole season – Repsol Honda in 1997, when Mick Doohan, Alex Crivillé and Tady Okada won all 15 races.
It’s not impossible that Márquez and Lorenzo could repeat that feat, except there’s a spanner in the works. The two most successful riders on the most successful bike are battling to be fully fit for the start of the season.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.