5. Satellite Surprise

MotoGP Satellite Teams

Stefan Bradl, Alvaro Bautista and Cal Crutchlow may not have been on factory bikes last year, but that didn’t stop them from displaying some impressive performances. All three are back with their respective teams and are vying to be the “best of the rest.”

So far Crutchlow has been most impressive, topping the overall timesheets at the most recent preseason test at Jerez — on a bike Cal claims is completely unchanged from last year. If he can continue this pace, earning a few spots on the podium are again within reach.