Moto GP 2015 is done. Let’s move to 2016 season.

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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.
At the end, we have the retirement of the Kentucky Kid, like Nicky Hayden is known. He was the 2006 MotoGP Champion. The 34 years old guy started in gravel roads in Kentuchy and finished 13 years before in Valencia, in the final MotoGP decision. And he got it in Valencia, the place of the last race of this season. The 69 was his number. He has 216 Moto GPs in his career and he is today recognized like a legend in the Moto GP Hall of Fame. He started the MOTOGP in 2003 after being the youngest AMA Superbike Champion. On board of a private HONDA. In 2009 he started with Ducatis, 2010 and 2011 with V.Rossi like teammate. He stayed 5 years with Ducati. In 2014 he returned to Honda since today… Now he goes to WSBK, still with Honda Team, Ten Kate Team with a CBR1000RR. Yonny Hernandez (Colombian) ex PRAMAC Racing will replace Nicky Haiden into the ASPAR RACING.

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.

 


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