The 2021 MotoGP season begins the last weekend of March with the Qatar Grand Prix, which will be held at the Losail circuit, and it will do so as usual over the last few years with a large Spanish representation that will aspire to the maximum in the premier category of world motorcycling.
Spanish pilots they have continuously conquered the last nine editions of the championship most popular of the two-wheeler sport, and it is probable that the streak could be extended to the full decade, given the national representation in the entry list.
The championship will be started by 22 drivers and up to nine of them will represent Spain, This being the country with the greatest presence on the grid, ahead of Italy, which will have seven tricks.
These are the Spanish pilots that will be part of the MotoGP 2021 grid:
The current champion you always have the right to be considered a candidate for the title. The 23-year-old young Balearic pilot will repeat on the back of the Suzuki with which he won the championship last season, and starts with the ambition of becoming the second Spaniard in history to win two consecutive World Cups in the premier class.
The man who attracts all eyes. The one who has broken countless records. The one who already has a legend honors. But also the one who has not run for a year due to the injury suffered at the beginning of the last championship. His reappearance is a mystery, but Márquez has already shown that he is capable of overcoming all challenges. If he wins the World Cup, his record will equal that of Valentino Rossi, and those are big words.
Third classified last season and Mir’s teammate at Suzuki. If in 2020 he started as the theoretical leader of the Japanese brand, but ended up surpassed by the Balearic, in this 2021 the cabals prior to the start of the World Cup allow him to exercise a role of ‘covered’, given the condition of champion of the man with whom he shares box. You must show that it is your time.
If a driver is this season before the great opportunity of his career This is the youngest of the Granollers brothers, who signs for the most successful team in the history of the championship, Repsol Honda, with the aim of showing that he is up to the task of fighting for the maximum goal. Last year, the Japanese lacked a ‘plan B’ with Márquez’s injury. This year, that should be resolved with his signing.
Perhaps one of the pilots who in 2020 did not finish responding to expectations in the face of the power vacuum left by Márquez. Third in 2017 and 2019 and fourth in 2016 and 2018, last year he could only be sixth, and he was even surpassed by Franco Morbidelli as Yamaha’s best man. He is still young (26 years old), but his career begins to resemble that of Dani Pedrosa, with titles in the minor categories and with a significant number of victories in the queen class … but without proclaiming himself king of world motorcycling.
To be the brother of the pilot who is marking an era It is not easy, but Álex has already demonstrated his own merits to rub shoulders with the greatest. Moto2 world champion in 2019, he got into MotoGP directly at Repsol Honda and knowing almost from the start that the Japanese brand would ‘drop’ the satellite team in its second year. That accumulation of circumstances, together with the adaptation to the category, made him suffer in the first half of the course. However, after halfway through the championship, his two second places would arrive at Le Mans and Aragon, which showed what he is capable of. This year, with a little less pressure, its improvement and its regularity should be visible.
He has been serving a decade as a top-flight rider and that is not easy in these times when the demands are always at the highest level. Aprilia trusts him as project leader, and will undoubtedly start with the extra motivation of giving the Gresini team great joys months after the death of its founder and director due to Covid-19.
The very young Valencian driver, barely 20 years old repeat with the KTM of the Tech 3 team And you will no doubt want to take advantage of the great progress of the Austrian machine to start consolidating your results. If already in 2020 he showed signs of regularity, now he has to climb a step to start fighting in positions closer to the podium.
The only debutant among the Spanish ‘armada’ in the current season. Moto3 champion in 2018 and fifth classified in the intermediate category last year, he will get on one of the Pramac team’s Ducati and will try to learn as quickly as possible.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.