8. Pressure From Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa

Last year, Dani Pedrosa came away with more victories, seven, than any other rider in the championship, including Lorenzo. However, teething issues early in the season ultimately cost the diminutive Spaniard the title. Pedrosa and HRC have looked strong in preseason testing, consistently posting times at or near the top of the timesheets.

On paper, and judging by comments from other riders, the Repsol Hondas appear to be the early favorites so far. Maybe 2013 will be the year Pedrosa lives up to the hype and takes home the crown.