commentator Toby Moody says he feels Valentino Rossi looks 'uncatchable' heading into the first round of the 2010 season in Qatar.
Rossi will kick-start his challenge on an eighth premier class title under the lights at Losail with Moody – who will be back behind the microphone alongside Julian Ryder this year – predicting that the FIAT Yamaha strr and Casey Stoner will be the men to watch during the season ahead.
However, Moody insisted that one rider starts the year as the man to beat.
“After pre-season testing, Valentino Rossi once again looks uncatchable,” he said. “In my eyes Casey Stoner looks to be as strong as he has ever been this year, so that should give us a continuation of what happened two years ago in 2008, when the pair were at each others' throats until Laguna Seca.
“Stoner has won in Qatar for the last three years so in theory this will be his race but with Rossi looking as strong as ever, the Italian will not be far behind, it's going to be very close. Bring on the floodlights!”
Moody also backed Ben Spies to impress on a consistent basis during the year ahead as he makes the move over from the World Superbike Championship, with the Tech 3 ace having produced solid performances during pre-season testing.
“This will be the opportunity for Ben Spies to show MotoGP that World Superbike champions can be the quickest,” he said. “He has the opportunity to show them that World Superbike champions can win and I genuinely think he can do that.
“We've had race winners in the past but I think Spies can do it consistently.”