Kevin Schwantz on the 2011 MotoGP season

Kevin Schwantz on the 2011 MotoGP season

The MotoGP field has been reset with a flurry of winter rider moves. As the Qatar opener approaches, AUTOSPORT enlisted 1993 world champion Kevin Schwantz to evaluate the frontrunners

The MotoGP rider market has just been through one of its most seismic off-seasons, headlined by Valentino Rossi's decision to end his ultra-successful relationship with Yamaha and please the romantics by joining fellow Italian legend Ducati.

But judging by winter testing pace, the more significant move could be Casey Stoner's switch from Ducati to Honda - where he joins Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso. With all eight days of pre-season testing topped by a Honda, Stoner and Pedrosa start as title favourites.

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