Are you ready to witness an unparalleled excitement and thrill of the almighty MotoGP Championship in Qatar?
The premier motorcycle racing World Championship unleashes its engines at Losail International Circuit in Qatar tonight – 20th March, 2016, where all racers will be put to the ultimate test of motorcycling racing to determine the 1st champion of the MotoGP 2016 Championship.
Here’s a glimpse of the 5 Red Bull speed maniacs competing to clinch the first race title tonight:
Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team (The youngest ever MotoGP champion!)
How old was Marquez when he climbed onto a bike? He was only 4 years old! Born with a natural motorcycling talent & with his passion for motorcycle racing, he did a successful debut season in the world well-known CEV Championship in 2006, and joined Team Repson KTM in 2008 as he participated in the World Championship. At the British Grand Prix, he became the youngest ever Spaniard (15 years and 127 days) to secure a podium finish! Fast forward to 2013, Marc wrote history by becoming the world’s youngest ever MotoGP champion! This year, he aims to reclaim the MotoGP title he missed in 2015 with his Repsol Honda team. Will he make it?
Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team
He was just four when he got his first 50cc motorbike, which came complete with stabilizers. After successfully earning his place in MotoGP class in 2006, he finished in second place in his first race ever with Repsol Honda!
2012 was Dani’s best season to date – as he won 7 races, which is most of any rider including the ultimate World Champion Jorge Lorenzo! In 2013, Dani put on an exceptional performance and won 3 races and podium 13 times! In 2015, he finished in 4th place overall. What has he got up his sleeves this year? We’re yet to find out…
Stefan Bradl – Aprilia Gresini Team (His friends call him: B45)
he first time he rode a motorbike, his father had to hold on to him! Racing runs in his bloodline, considering that he is the son of Grand Prix motorcycle road racer Helmut Bradl! Stefan’s racing career began in the World Championship in 2005. Sustaining a few ups and downs during the course of 5 years, he moved to the Moto2 class in 2010, winning the Portuguese GP and placing ninth overall. Moving up the ladder to MotoGP in 2012, Bradl handled the 1000cc machinery with perfection, with the LCR Honda team. 2015 witnessed his change in machinery to Aprilia. It looks like 2016 will be a strong year with his new team.
Jack Miller – MarcVDS Honda
After becoming a national champion in dirt bikes racing, Miller switched to road racing, when he clinched a 125cc national title before turning his attentions towards Europe. After his first full season in 2012, it was 2013 where Miller really broke through with his performance. In 2014, Miller joined Red Bull KTM Ajo team and surprised everyone with his exceptional skills in Moto3, earning a total of six wins, 10 podiums and second overall in Moto3. He was so good that LCR Honda Team snatched him from Moto3 right away up to MotoGP class, skipping Moto2! This year, with the switch of teams to link up with Marc VDS crew, Miller is definitely considered a threat to his competition, and a fun fellow to support!
Maverick Vinales – Suzuki Factory Racing (Named after Tom Cruise/s character in movie: ‘Top Gun’)
For Maverick, it began when he was 3 years old, when he jumped onto two wheels. At the age of 12, he became Catalan champion in road racing discipline. In 2009, he finished second overall in the Spanish 125cc series, and won it the year after. From 2011 onwards, Maverick’s success extended beyond Barcelona, as he raced in Moto3 till end of 2013, earning titles and finishing in podiums. 2014 saw his move to Moto2, where he landed three victories throughout the season and earning ‘Rookie Of The Year’ award. It was only ideal from Suzuki to snatch him for MotoGP in 2015, where he finished the season in 11th place in the World Championship rankings, and secured best results of 6th place in Catalonia and Australia. All eyes are on the Spanish rider for 2016 MotoGP Championship…
See you all tonight at Losail International Circuit. Let the games begin…