1. Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez has to be the main storyline this year, despite Rossi’s return to Yamaha. Marquez made the Moto2 field look like amateurs last year as he breezed his way to the title. His flamboyant and hard-charging riding style, combined with his move to the Repsol Honda team to replace now-retired Casey Stoner, is generating plenty of buzz for the 20-year-old Spaniard.

He’s already shown an impressively quick pace during preseason testing, earned the praise of nearly every rider in the paddock and destroyed numerous elbow sliders along the way. The championship will likely be between Lorenzo and Pedrosa, but considering his form so far, we expect Marquez to be the wildcard in 2013.