10. Rossi’s Return

Valentino Rossi Yamaha

He’s baaaack. After two dismal years at Ducati, Valentino Rossi has made his return to Yamaha. But at 34, does The Doctor still have what it takes to reclaim his alien status? Early signs say yes, as he’s adapted to the M1 quickly, even topping the timesheets at the recent MotoGP test at Jerez.

Rossi himself is cautiously optimistic about this season, stating he’ll first look for race wins before even thinking of championship. Smart move, considering he’ll have to beat Yamaha teammate Lorenzo and the Hondas of Pedrosa and newcomer Marc Marquez to get there.