The new World Superbike season is upon us and the burning question on everyone's lips is 'who will win the 2010 title'?
It's certainly a difficult question to answer because as far as title contenders go, this season is destined to be one of the closest on record with a number of protagonists being mentioned in the same breath as 'title contender'.
In recent years, the favourites have often stood out pre-season, but so far this year Ducati, Honda and Suzuki have taken turns at the top of the testing timesheets, while Aprilia and Yamaha can hardly be discounted considering their line-ups.
As a measure of the quality of the field, only four of the 26 confirmed riders are World Superbike rookies, which means some recognised names in accomplished surroundings could be faced with an overall standing outside the top ten in 2010.
But who do you think we come away as the successor to Ben Spies in 2010?
His sparring partner Noriyuki Haga is a mainstay when it comes to title challenges, but he faces competition from fellow veterans Max Biaggi, who has the ever-improving Aprilia beneath him, and James Toseland, a double champion at this level.
The 'up and comers' are likely to be making their presence felt too, with Michel Fabrizio and Jonathan Rea making big strides in 2009 so as to enter 2010 with elevated statuses, while Leon Haslam has shown impressive pace on the Suzuki.
Then there are the privateer riders, with Carlos Checa, Shane Byrne and Jakub Smrz impressing at Phillip Island, while Cal Crutchlow and Leon Camier are hoping their can follow in the footsteps of Spies by winning in their first season.
Last year you predicted correctly that Spies would win the 2009 World Superbike title, so now is the time to see if you
can make it two-in-a-row. The options may be many, but only one can win this season…?
to submit your vote...