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Analysis: MotoGP's Qatar opener poised for 11-bike thriller

A few hours before the first MotoGP race of the season in Qatar, four manufacturers and 11 riders are in contention for a top-three finish. David Gruz analyses the extremely even playing field. Beyond the usual anticipation ahead of a season opener, the 2018 Qatar Grand Prix marks genuinely one of the most exciting times in recent MotoGP history. There is a sense that riders from four different manufacturers can be strong contenders – at least for podiums – and nobody really knows what to expect on Sunday. When riders were asked who the favourite is for the Qatar race, they usually gave a vague answer or simply offered an appreciation of how even the field is. The only name that popped...
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