Granted, the tests are preliminary and it's hard to truly draw\nconclusions yet. Up front, not many surprises: Rossi and Stoner, after\nall, have been the dominating force in MotoGP. Behind them, though, it\ncould be that we are seeing a much closer field, and that the new tire\nrules are a big equalizer that will tilt the rider-to-motorcycle\nwinning cocktail more decisively towards the rider. It's good to see\nquality veterans like Capirossi and Edwards show the upstarts that\nthey're not quite ready to live off a pension plan. And great job by\nElias, too, I have always liked his aggressive style and he deserves\nto be on more equal material.\n\nWith a more equal tire base, and perhaps more judicious investment in\nR&D that benefits satellite teams, perhaps 2009 will be a very\nentertaining season to follow. Since there are fewer bikes, it would\nbe great if at least they give each other closer races.