I'm just back from a scorching 3 days in Sepang, Malaysia, after the second test at the track in February. And it's mostly good news! The new GP15 Ducati performed really well at it's first public outing and was right on the pace. As was Cal Crutchlow on his new LCR Honda. Bradley Smith worked through his programme at Tech3 Yamaha again and was never far off the pace setters, and Scott Redding's all new Marc VDS / Estrella Gallicia MotoGP team looked to be gelling well, although they've a bit of work to do to hit expectations. Early days yet though. And Eugene Laverty was settling in to his 'customer' Honda, or rather settling in to the incredible grip of Bridgestone tyres! Plenty for British fans to look forward to in 2015 then. While we're on the subject of tyres, the Michelin test, the day after Sepang2 test, and in readiness for the switch from Bridgestone to the French rubber in 2016, was a real challenge with a few top names having high speed 'offs'. Track times were pretty good at this early stage of developement, first reports suggest that there's plenty of grip at the rear but the fronts need work. The inbalance of grip at each end getting the better of some, and causing a few expensive repairs. Luckily no one was hurt though. More MotoGP testing is due at Losail in Qatar before the opening GP of 2015 on March 29th at the same track, under lights!
On a personal note, it's great to get into our second season at BT Sport. There are a few changes you might like; the main one, (in my opinion), is that all the MotoGP presenters in 2015 will join us at trackside. There will be some other programme innovations that BT will be launching soon too.
So, after a bit of kerfuffle, it's back to Silverstone for the British MotoGP! With the Circuit of Wales project delayed by red tape, and the contract dead between CoW (promotors for at least 5 years) and Donington Park, it gave the new management team at Silverstone a golden opportunity to regain the initiative. And they have. For two years! Perhaps now we can all look forward to a bit of stability and a cracking British GP, and a state of the art new track in South Wales for 2017?!
This could be a classic year of bike racing. If you see me at any of the tracks, please don't be shy!
See you soon