Blast From The Past, Part 1: Qatar 2012, By Scott Jones

With the 2013 MotoGP season due to start in just four weeks' time, it's time to take a trip down memory lane and get ourselves excited about this season's racing. To do so, over the next few weeks, we will be running an occasional series of shots by star shooter Scott Jones, taken at some of the rounds he attended last season. His stunning photos are a reminder of why we love motorcycle racing so much. Remember also to check out the special offers Scott has on signed photos, including riders such as Casey Stoner, Cal Crutchlow and Nicky Hayden. Not long to go now...

Qatar gave a glimpse of what was to follow in 2012: Jorge Lorenzo was a hard act to follow

Sadly, 2012 would be the last time we would see Casey Stoner on a MotoGP machine

Less sadly, it would also be the last time we would see Valentino Rossi on a Ducati MotoGP machine

In Moto3, in Maverick Viñales, a star was born

And in Moto2, Marc Marquez more than confirmed he really was The Next Big Thing

Though not as big as The Biggest Thing In Motorcycle Racing

From villain to hero: After a tough rookie year, Cal Crutchlow came into his own in 2012

A member of the Order of the Seal

Arabian nights. Very loud.

He did, eventually

Andrea Dovizioso had a very strong 2012. 2013 will be infinitely tougher

The advent of CRT bikes laid bare the truth about paying riders. Mattia Pasini started the season, but he would not finish it.

Ben Spies started the season with a cracked subframe at Qatar. It all went downhill from there.

Scott Redding, out of the darkness

Moonlit Marquez

Turning a corner

A name we would see a lot of in 2012. And maybe even more in 2013

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Many riders say Stoner has the least lean angle. But most pictures defy that logic.

him testing all the bikes. Won't happen, but maybe if I say it often enough...

How good would it be to see just how much the Duc has changed, or how good the CRT bikes are, or how different the Yamaha is from the Honda? Maybe even as a Suzuki test/development rider?