The MotoGP 2015 is done. Lorenzo is the winner. Too much controversial stories about Valentino Rossi and Marc Marques. Now, we have to wait a little bit for the restart of the season, that comes with a lot of changes.
The former 1993 world champion Kevin Schwantz has said the same we all say: this last events on MOTOGP, all drama and controversy had generated so much stories and opinions that even who never saw a single race, started to watch it.
According Valentino Rossi, for 2016, the old style to race is coming with a new ECU setup. The new electronics allows them to over steer and at same time they seems (according to VR) they are going back to several years, when you need more skills, you need an old style riding skills. Different grip on tires, they will be Michelin. With an increase by seven engines per season.
But the most important set up should be on the riders heads. Safety at first. Also, some of the changes are:
- Starting in 2016, Michelin will become the series’ official tire supplier following Bridgestone’s withdrawal from the category. The change to Michelin tires: every single pilot is having fun, because thy have to improve their skills to have more grip, but they are falling testing those tires.
- The previous Factory and Open classes will be merged: every bike must adopt the unified electronic package (ECU and software). Each rider will be able to use up to seven engines in a season, albeit with frozen specifications, and the maximum fuel tank capacity will be 22 liters.
Another changes on calendar too, like:
- The 2016 season will see the return of the Austrian Grand Prix to the series’ schedule after 19 years absence. The race will be held at the Red Bull Ring, which was the venue of the last Austrian Grand Prix, when the track was called A1 Ring.
- Having been on the calendar since 2008, the Indianapolis round has been discontinued. So, the United States will have just the Circuit of Americas, in Austin, Texas.
- And about the Netherlands, for the first time in the history of the Dutch TT, the races will be held on a Sunday.
Another curiosity or speculation: maybe Casey Stoner can return to MOTOGP in 2016 with Ducati, because his Honda’s contract finish this year. He was the winner in 2007 with Ducati.