You going to be doing the breakdowns of the press conferences again this year Speed Dealer? (It was you thats done them previous years, right?)
My main takeaways from the presser were
Rossi doesn't sound confident of battling for the championship but sounds optimistic about improving after testing.
Vinaeles is confident but not as confident as the press has made him sound during testing.
Marquez was playing his cards close to his chest but couldn't hide his confidence.
Lorenzo sounds optimistic about Qatar but realistic about how much the bike has to improve to be competitive over the rest of the season and knows that he has a lot of work to do.
Apparently theres a chance of rain for Qatar which means the race might be cancelled. Dunlop are flying in wet tyres for the Moto2/3, and while Michelin did bring wets for the GP, the riders have final say on whether or not the race will go ahead as glare from the floodlights is an issue.
"This is great. Not only am I not learning, I'm forgetting stuff I used to know".
- Milhouse Van Houten
Judging from the presser they all seemed quite concerned about racing in the wet. Not just because of the lights but also the sand that's always present at Qatar. A race in the wet could turn into a disaster really. Anything could happen if there isn't good visibility.