The hotly anticipated and long awaited MotoGP™ 2017 season kicks off at the Losail International circuit in Qatar on Sunday. Four British riders, each having tasted grand prix success will be lining up on the 3.343 miles circuit just outside Doha for the opening round of the championship.
The last time that four British, grand prix winners raced in a premier-class grand prix was at Silverstone in 1979 (Barry Sheene, John Newbold, Mick Grant and Tony Rutter).
The Isle of Man based Midlander, roared to success on the LCR Honda last year, re-writing the history books with two MotoGP victories. The 31-year-old was the first British rider to win a premier class race for 35 years. He has continued to impress in pre-season testing and has every chance in the next 18 grands prix of winning more races, with the hopes of ultimate championship success.
Gloucestershire's main man came out guns blazing in the final test at Qatar last week. Riding the Octo Pramac Ducati, the 24-year-old was seventh fastest at the Losail International circuit.
If he can repeat that performance in the 22 lap race on Sunday, it would mark a perfect start for Redding, who is still the youngest ever grand prix winner.
Recovering from a serious knee injury from last August, Oxfordshire’s Bradley Smith faces a tough opening few races spearheading the new Red Bull KTM team’s maiden season in MotoGP. He'll be looking for points in the opening three flyaway grands prix starting on Sunday.
Lincolnshire boy Sam Lowe is making his MotoGP debut after two grands prix wins last year in the Moto2™ class. The 26-year-old, 2013 WorldSSP Champion, and now MotoGP™ rider has joined Aleix Espargaro in the Gresini Aprilia team.
Don't forget, you can now watch all the highlights from this MotoGP season on Channel 5. It's sure to be a thrilling ride.