2016 MotoGP season

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2016 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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Marc Márquez won his third MotoGP world title, and fifth world title overall, by winning the Japanese Grand Prix. His victory gave him an unassailable lead with three races remaining.

The 2016 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 68th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season. Jorge Lorenzo was the defending world champion, having secured his third MotoGP title and fifth overall Championship title at the 2015 Valencian Community Grand Prix.[1]

The riders' championship title was won for the third time by Marc Márquez, after his fifth victory of the season at the Japanese Grand Prix gave him an unassailable lead over his title rivals Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi – who both crashed out at Motegi – with three races remaining.[2][3] Márquez's title marked a return to the top step for Honda after a difficult 2015 campaign for its factory team. Márquez ultimately won the championship by 49 points.

Reigning champion Lorenzo won three of the first six races to lead the title race, but very poor wet weather form during wet races in mid-season curtailed his title bid along with no wins in the dry until the season-ending race in Valencia. Rossi was the most consistent title challenger, yet he crashed out of three races up until Márquez's decisive victory in Japan. The Yamaha team suffered a severe win drought from June onwards, going eight races without a win before Márquez clinched the title. The drought reached ten races before Lorenzo's Valencian triumph, in his final race for the manufacturer before his move to Ducati in 2017. Rossi clinched the runner-up position by 16 points from Lorenzo, while their performances earned Yamaha the teams' championship, although Honda won the manufacturers' championship. The only rookie in this season was Tito Rabat – who clinched the rookie of the year award. LCR Honda rider, Cal Crutchlow, achieved the top independent rider award; winning races at Brno and Phillip Island and finished in 7th place in the championship with 141 points. Ducati and Suzuki both won at least one race during the season, with Ducati's first win marking the first non Yamaha or Honda win for six years.

The 2016 season saw numerous records in regards to race winners. Cal Crutchlow, Jack Miller, Andrea Iannone and Maverick Viñales won their first races in the premier class, the first time that four new winners had emerged in a MotoGP season. Between the Italian Grand Prix in May and the San Marino Grand Prix in September, eight riders – Lorenzo, Rossi, Miller, Márquez, Iannone, Crutchlow, Viñales and Dani Pedrosa – won in eight successive races, surpassing the previous record of seven, between the 1999 Imola Grand Prix and the 2000 South African Grand Prix. With a win for Andrea Dovizioso in Malaysia further adding to the tally, the total of nine winners was also a record for a single premier class season,[4] surpassing the previous record of eight in the 2000 season.[5] This season also marked the first non-factory teams to win a race since the 2006 season, including Miller (in Dutch TT) and Crutchlow.

2016 Grand Prix season calendar[edit]

The following Grands Prix were scheduled to take place in 2016:[6][7][8]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit
1 20 March ‡ Qatar Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar Losail International Circuit
2 3 April Argentina Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo
3 10 April United States Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas Circuit of the Americas
4 24 April Spain Gran Premio Red Bull de España Circuito de Jerez
5 8 May France Monster Energy Grand Prix de France Bugatti Circuit
6 22 May Italy Gran Premio d'Italia TIM Mugello Circuit
7 5 June Catalonia Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
8 26 June Netherlands Motul TT Assen TT Circuit Assen
9 17 July Germany GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Sachsenring
10 14 August Austria NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich Red Bull Ring
11 21 August Czech Republic HJC Helmets Grand Prix České republiky[9] Brno Circuit
12 4 September United Kingdom Octo British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit
13 11 September San Marino Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
14 25 September Aragon Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón Motorland Aragón
15 16 October Japan Motul Grand Prix of Japan Twin Ring Motegi
16 23 October Australia Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Phillip Island Circuit
17 30 October Malaysia Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit
18 13 November Valencian Community Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana Circuit Ricardo Tormo
‡ = Night race

Calendar changes[edit]

Teams and riders[edit]

A provisional entry list was announced on 7 November 2015.[11]

Team Constructor Motorcycle No. Rider Rounds
Italy Ducati Team Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP16 04 Italy Andrea Dovizioso[12] All
8 Spain Héctor Barberá[13] 15–16
29 Italy Andrea Iannone[14] 1–12, 17–18[a]
51 Italy Michele Pirro[17] 6, 10
51 Italy Michele Pirro[16] 13–14[a]
Italy Aprilia Racing Team Gresini       Aprilia Aprilia RS-GP 6 Germany Stefan Bradl[18] All
19 Spain Álvaro Bautista[14] All
Spain Avintia Racing Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP14[14] 7 Australia Mike Jones[13] 15–16
8 Spain Héctor Barberá[14] 1–14, 17–18
12 Spain Javier Forés[19] 13
51 Italy Michele Pirro[20] 7–8
76 France Loris Baz[21] 1–6, 9–12, 14–18
Japan Repsol Honda Team Honda Honda RC213V 7 Japan Hiroshi Aoyama[22][23] 17
73 15[b]
26 Spain Dani Pedrosa[24] 1–15, 18[b]
69 United States Nicky Hayden[25] 16
93 Spain Marc Márquez[26] All
Italy Octo Pramac Yakhnich[27] Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP15[14] 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci[14] 1, 5–18
45 United Kingdom Scott Redding[28] All
51 Italy Michele Pirro[29] 2–4
Japan Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
Japan Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team
Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 21 Japan Katsuyuki Nakasuga[30] 15
46 Italy Valentino Rossi[31]         All
99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo[32] All
France Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 22 United Kingdom Alex Lowes[33] 12–14
38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith[14] 1–11, 15–18
44 Spain Pol Espargaró[34] All
Japan Team Suzuki Ecstar       Suzuki Suzuki GSX-RR 25 Spain Maverick Viñales[14] All
41 Spain Aleix Espargaró[14] All
Monaco LCR Honda Honda Honda RC213V 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow[35] All
Austria Red Bull KTM Factory Racing[36] KTM KTM RC16 36 Finland Mika Kallio[37] 18
Belgium Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS       Honda Honda RC213V 43 Australia Jack Miller[38] 1–10, 12–13, 15–18
53 Spain Esteve Rabat[39] All
69 United States Nicky Hayden[40] 14
Spain Aspar Team MotoGP
Spain Pull & Bear Aspar Team
Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP14[14] 50 Republic of Ireland Eugene Laverty[14] All
68 Colombia Yonny Hernández[41]       All
Key
Regular rider
Wildcard rider
Replacement rider
Notes
  1. ^ a b Andrea Iannone competed in Friday practice sessions at Misano and Aragón, before being replaced by Michele Pirro. At Misano, Pirro initially competed as a wildcard,[15] but was officially designated as a rider replacement.[16]
  2. ^ a b Dani Pedrosa competed in Friday practice sessions at Motegi, before crashing heavily and fracturing a collarbone. He was replaced by Hiroshi Aoyama for the remainder of the weekend.

Team changes[edit]

Rider changes[edit]

Rider's helmet changes[edit]

Rule changes[edit]

  • Starting in 2016, Michelin has become the series' official tyre supplier following Bridgestone's withdrawal from the category.[44] Dorna have also agreed a rule change to the 2016 regulations to increase the wheel size from 16.5 inches to 17 inches (similar to Moto2 and Moto3).[45]
  • The previous Factory and Open classes will be merged: every bike must adopt the unified electronic package (ECU and software).[46] 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 litres.[47] Factories without a dry win between 2013 and 2015 will still be allowed to use 12 engines with free development, but in case of a determined number of podiums or wins scored during 2016 the factory will lose these benefits for the next season.[47] Similarly, any manufacturer not scoring a single podium in 2016 will gain those concessions in 2017.

2016 Grand Prix season results[edit]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit Pole position Fastest lap Winning rider Winning constructor Report
1 20 March ‡ Qatar Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix Losail Spain Jorge Lorenzo Spain Jorge Lorenzo Spain Jorge Lorenzo Japan Yamaha Report
2 3 April Argentina Argentine motorcycle Grand Prix Termas de Río Hondo Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
3 10 April United States Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas Circuit of the Americas Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
4 24 April Spain Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix Jerez Italy Valentino Rossi Italy Valentino Rossi Italy Valentino Rossi Japan Yamaha Report
5 8 May France French motorcycle Grand Prix Le Mans Spain Jorge Lorenzo Italy Valentino Rossi Spain Jorge Lorenzo Japan Yamaha Report
6 22 May Italy Italian motorcycle Grand Prix Mugello Italy Valentino Rossi Italy Andrea Iannone Spain Jorge Lorenzo Japan Yamaha Report
7 5 June Catalonia Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix Catalunya Spain Marc Márquez Spain Maverick Viñales Italy Valentino Rossi Japan Yamaha Report
8 26 June Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Italy Andrea Dovizioso Italy Danilo Petrucci Australia Jack Miller Japan Honda Report
9 17 July Germany German motorcycle Grand Prix Sachsenring Spain Marc Márquez United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
10 14 August Austria Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix Red Bull Ring Italy Andrea Iannone Italy Andrea Iannone Italy Andrea Iannone Italy Ducati Report
11 21 August Czech Republic Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix Brno Circuit Spain Marc Márquez United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Japan Honda Report
12 4 September United Kingdom British motorcycle Grand Prix Silverstone United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Spain Maverick Viñales Spain Maverick Viñales Japan Suzuki Report
13 11 September San Marino San Marino and Rimini's Coast motorcycle Grand Prix Misano Spain Jorge Lorenzo Spain Dani Pedrosa Spain Dani Pedrosa Japan Honda Report
14 25 September Aragon Aragon motorcycle Grand Prix Motorland Aragón Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
15 16 October Japan Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix Motegi Italy Valentino Rossi Spain Marc Márquez Spain Marc Márquez Japan Honda Report
16 23 October Australia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Phillip Island Circuit Spain Marc Márquez United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Japan Honda Report
17 30 October Malaysia Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix Sepang Italy Andrea Dovizioso Italy Andrea Dovizioso Italy Andrea Dovizioso Italy Ducati Report
18 13 November Valencian Community Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix Valencia Spain Jorge Lorenzo Spain Jorge Lorenzo Spain Jorge Lorenzo Japan Yamaha Report
‡ = Night race

Riders' standings[edit]

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Pos Rider Bike QAT
Qatar
ARG
Argentina
AME
United States
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
ARA
Aragon
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pts
1 Spain Marc Márquez Honda 3 1 1 3 13 2 2 2 1 5 3 4 4 1 1 Ret 11 2 298
2 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 4 2 Ret 1 2 Ret 1 Ret 8 4 2 3 2 3 Ret 2 2 4 249
3 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1 Ret 2 2 1 1 Ret 10 15 3 17 8 3 2 Ret 6 3 1 233
4 Spain Maverick Viñales Suzuki 6 Ret 4 6 3 6 4 9 12 6 9 1 5 4 3 3 6 5 202
5 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2 13 Ret Ret Ret 5 7 Ret 3 2 Ret 6 6 11 2 4 1 7 171
6 Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 5 3 Ret 4 4 4 3 12 6 7 12 5 1 6 DNS Ret 155
7 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda Ret Ret 16 11 Ret 11 6 Ret 2 15 1 2 8 5 5 1 Ret Ret 141
8 Spain Pol Espargaró Yamaha 7 6 7 8 5 15 5 4 Ret 10 13 DNS 9 8 6 5 9 6 134
9 Italy Andrea Iannone Ducati Ret Ret 3 7 Ret 3 Ret 5 5 1 8 Ret DNS DNS Ret 3 112
10 Spain Héctor Barberá Ducati 9 5 9 10 8 12 11 6 9 DSQ 5 14 13 13 17 Ret 4 11 102
11 Spain Aleix Espargaró Suzuki 11 11 5 5 6 9 Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 7 Ret 7 4 Ret 13 8 93
12 Spain Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 13 10 11 Ret 9 Ret 8 Ret 10 16 16 10 10 9 7 12 7 10 82
13 Republic of Ireland Eugene Laverty Ducati 12 4 12 9 11 13 13 7 11 18 6 12 14 14 Ret 14 12 16 77
14 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati DNS 7 8 9 Ret Ret 11 7 9 11 17 8 9 10 12 75
15 United Kingdom Scott Redding Ducati 10 Ret 6 19 Ret Ret 16 3 4 8 15 17 15 19 9 7 15 14 74
16 Germany Stefan Bradl Aprilia Ret 7 10 14 10 14 12 8 DNS 19 14 Ret 12 10 10 11 17 13 63
17 United Kingdom Bradley Smith Yamaha 8 8 17 12 Ret 7 Ret 13 13 9 Ret 13 8 14 9 62
18 Australia Jack Miller Honda 14 Ret DNS 17 Ret Ret 10 1 7 DNS 16 DNS Ret 10 8 15 57
19 Italy Michele Pirro Ducati 12 8 16 10 15 Ret 12 7 12 36
20 France Loris Baz Ducati Ret Ret 15 13 12 Ret 17 13 4 DNS 18 16 Ret 5 18 35
21 Spain Esteve Rabat Honda 15 9 13 18 Ret DNS 14 11 16 14 10 15 17 Ret 14 16 18 17 29
22 Colombia Yonny Hernández Ducati Ret Ret 14 15 Ret 16 17 Ret 18 17 11 11 16 16 12 13 Ret Ret 20
23 Japan Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha 11 5
24 United Kingdom Alex Lowes Yamaha 13 Ret DNS 3
25 Japan Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 15 16 1
26 United States Nicky Hayden Honda 15 17 1
27 Australia Mike Jones Ducati 18 15 1
Finland Mika Kallio KTM Ret 0
Spain Javier Forés Ducati Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike QAT
Qatar
ARG
Argentina
AME
United States
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
ARA
Aragon
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap
Light blue – Rookie

Constructors' standings[edit]

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Each constructor gets the same amount of points as their best placed rider in each race.
Pos Constructor QAT
Qatar
ARG
Argentina
AME
United States
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
ARA
Aragon
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pts
1 Japan Honda 3 1 1 3 4 2 2 1 1 5 1 2 1 1 1 1 8 2 369
2 Japan Yamaha 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 4 8 3 2 3 2 2 6 2 2 1 353
3 Italy Ducati 2 4 3 7 7 3 7 3 3 1 4 6 6 11 2 4 1 3 261
4 Japan Suzuki 6 11 4 5 3 6 4 9 12 6 9 1 5 4 3 3 6 5 208
5 Italy Aprilia 13 7 10 14 9 14 8 8 10 16 14 10 10 9 7 11 7 10 101
Austria KTM Ret 0
Pos Constructor QAT
Qatar
ARG
Argentina
AME
United States
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
ARA
Aragon
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pts

Teams' standings[edit]

Pos Team Bike
No.
QAT
Qatar
ARG
Argentina
AME
United States
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
ARA
Aragon
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pts
1 Japan Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 46 4 2 Ret 1 2 Ret 1 Ret 8 4 2 3 2 3 Ret 2 2 4 482
99 1 Ret 2 2 1 1 Ret 10 15 3 17 8 3 2 Ret 6 3 1
2 Japan Repsol Honda 7 16 454
26 5 3 Ret 4 4 4 3 12 6 7 12 5 1 6 DNS Ret
69 17
73 15
93 3 1 1 3 13 2 2 2 1 5 3 4 4 1 1 Ret 11 2
3 Italy Ducati Team 04 2 13 Ret Ret Ret 5 7 Ret 3 2 Ret 6 6 11 2 4 1 7 296
8 17 Ret
29 Ret Ret 3 7 Ret 3 Ret 5 5 1 8 Ret DNS DNS Ret 3
51 10 12 7 12
4 Japan Team Suzuki Ecstar 25 6 Ret 4 6 3 6 4 9 12 6 9 1 5 4 3 3 6 5 295
41 11 11 5 5 6 9 Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 7 Ret 7 4 Ret 13 8
5 France Monster Yamaha Tech 3 22 13 Ret DNS 199
38 8 8 17 12 Ret 7 Ret 13 13 9 Ret 13 8 14 9
44 7 6 7 8 5 15 5 4 Ret 10 13 DNS 9 8 6 5 9 6
6 Italy Octo Pramac Yakhnich 9 DNS 7 8 9 Ret Ret 11 7 9 11 17 8 9 10 12 161
45 10 Ret 6 19 Ret Ret 16 3 4 8 15 17 15 19 9 7 15 14
51 12 8 16
7 Italy Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 6 Ret 7 10 14 10 14 12 8 DNS 19 14 Ret 12 10 10 11 17 13 145
19 13 10 11 Ret 9 Ret 8 Ret 10 16 16 10 10 9 7 12 7 10
8 Monaco LCR Honda 35 Ret Ret 16 11 Ret 11 6 Ret 2 15 1 2 8 5 5 1 Ret Ret 141
9 Spain Avintia Racing 7 18 15 139
8 9 5 9 10 8 12 11 6 9 DSQ 5 14 13 13 4 11
12 Ret
51 15 Ret
76 Ret Ret 15 13 12 Ret 17 13 4 DNS 18 16 Ret 5 18
10 Spain Aspar Team MotoGP 50 12 4 12 9 11 13 13 7 11 18 6 12 14 14 Ret 14 12 16 97
68 Ret Ret 14 15 Ret 16 17 Ret 18 17 11 11 16 16 12 13 Ret Ret
11 Belgium Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 43 14 Ret DNS 17 Ret Ret 10 1 7 DNS 16 DNS Ret 10 8 15 87
53 15 9 13 18 Ret DNS 14 11 16 14 10 15 17 Ret 14 16 18 17
69 15
Pos Team Bike
No.
QAT
Qatar
ARG
Argentina
AME
United States
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Catalonia
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
ARA
Aragon
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
VAL
Valencian Community
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

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