2016 Moto2 season
|2016 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season|
|2016 MotoGP season|
2016 Moto3 season
|Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme|
Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
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Constructors (Champions · Race winners)
The 2016 Moto2 season was a part of the 68th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season. The season was marred by the death of Luis Salom during a free practice session, at the Catalan Grand Prix.
Johann Zarco started the season as the defending World Champion, having secured his first championship title at the 2015 Japanese Grand Prix. With victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix – his sixth of the 2016 season – Zarco was able to retain his title, amassing an unassailable points lead ahead of the final round in Valencia. As a result, Zarco became the first French rider to win multiple world motorcycle racing titles, as well as becoming the first rider in the Moto2 era to defend the world championship, and the first to do so in the intermediate class since Jorge Lorenzo in 2006 and 2007. Zarco completed the season with victory in Valencia, as he won the championship by an eventual margin of 42 points.
The runner-up position remained up for grabs in Valencia, as four-time winner Thomas Lüthi, double winner Álex Rins and Franco Morbidelli all had a mathematical chance of finishing there. Ultimately with a second-place finish, Lüthi finished clear of Rins by 20 points; Lüthi's last-lap pass on Morbidelli also cost the latter third place in the championship by a point, as Rins had finished the race in fifth place. Morbidelli took a total of eight podium finishes, including each of the last five races, but was unable to take a victory. Four other riders won races; Sam Lowes took two race victories at Jerez and Aragon, Jonas Folger won at Brno, while first Grand Prix victories went to Takaaki Nakagami at Assen, and Lorenzo Baldassarri in Misano. The constructors' championship went to Kalex with a maximum score of 450 points, with a 34-race winning streak at the conclusion of the season – a run stretching back to a Speed Up victory for Lowes at the 2015 Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas.
Changes for 2016
- French oil and gas giants company Total was selected to become official fuel supplier of Moto2 and Moto3 beginning from 2016 onwards, replacing Eni after five seasons as a fuel supplier of Moto2 and Moto3.
The following Grands Prix took place in 2016.
- The 2016 season looked set to 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.
Teams and riders
A provisional entry list was announced on 7 November 2015.
- JiR Moto2 announced that they would withdraw from the championship at the end of the 2015 season.
- Dynavolt Intact GP expanded to enter a second bike, while Italtrans Racing downgraded to a single entry in 2016.
- Leopard Racing returned to the Moto2 class after previously competing as Kiefer Racing from 2010 to 2012. The team is competing on Kalex bikes, with Danny Kent and Miguel Oliveira as their riders.
- AGP Racing, who were listed on the provisional entry list, withdrew from the championship due to financial problems, leaving Federico Fuligni and Remy Gardner without rides.
- IodaRacing Project SRL also withdrew from the championship.
- Luis Salom left Paginas Amarillas HP 40 at the end of the 2015 season to join Stop and Go Racing Team.
- Salom's place at Pons Racing was taken by 2015 FIM CEV Moto2 European Championship winner Edgar Pons.
- Moto3 World Champion Danny Kent returned to the Moto2 class with Leopard Racing, following a season with Tech 3 back in 2013.
- Franco Morbidelli moved to Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, following Esteve Rabat's decision to join MotoGP with Marc VDS for 2016.
- Simone Corsi left Forward Racing at the end of the 2015 season to join Speed Up.
- Jonas Folger left the AGR Team to join Dynavolt Intact GP.
- Sam Lowes replaced Xavier Siméon at Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 as part of a contract-signing for a MotoGP seat with Gresini in 2017. Siméon joined the QMMF Racing Team as a result.
- Mika Kallio returned to MotoGP, after being left without a ride in Moto2. He joined KTM as a test rider for their 2017 MotoGP project.
- Miguel Oliveira moved up to the Moto2 class, joining Leopard Racing.
- Randy Krummenacher left Moto2 to join the Supersport World Championship following JiR's withdrawal from the championship.
- After competing in the second half of the 2015 season with Tech 3 as a replacement rider, Xavi Vierge moved up full-time to Moto2 with Tech 3.
- Efrén Vázquez moved up to the Moto2 class with JPMoto Malaysia replacing Ricard Cardús. Vázquez previously competed in the intermediate class in 2007.
- Luca Marini stepped up to the Moto2 class, with the Forward Team.
- Isaac Viñales moved up to the Moto2 class with Tech 3, replacing Marcel Schrötter. Schrötter moved to the AGR Team.
- Alessandro Tonucci moved up to the Moto2 class with Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 replacing Louis Rossi.
- Ratthapark Wilairot made a full-time return to Moto2 with IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia.
- Azlan Shah, who was on the provisional entry list with JPMoto Malaysia, withdrew due to financial problems.
- After the Grand Prix of the Americas, Efrén Vázquez left the JPMoto Malaysia team. He was replaced by Danny Eslick in the 5th race and by Ricard Cardús in the 6th race. Before the 7th race, the JPMoto Malaysia team went bankrupt, so the team retired from the rest of the season.
- After the Italian Grand Prix, Alessandro Tonucci left the Tasca Racing Scuderia team. He was replaced by Remy Gardner for the rest of the season starting with the 7th race.
- Luis Salom was killed after an accident during Friday practice at the Catalan Grand Prix. His teammate Jesko Raffin withdrew from the weekend. Before the Dutch TT, the SAG Racing Team announced that they will complete the season with Raffin as the team's sole rider, with Salom's spot on the team left vacated for the rest of the season.
- Dominique Aegerter got injured after the Czech Republic Grand Prix, so he was replaced by Iker Lecuona for the 12th and the 13th races. Aegerter returned for the 14th race. However, upon signing a 2017 contract with Leopard Racing, he was fired from Interwetten, bringing Lecuona back for the remaining 4 races.
Results and standings
|Round||Grand Prix||Pole position||Fastest lap||Winning rider||Winning constructor||Report|
|1||Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix||Jonas Folger||Sam Lowes||Thomas Lüthi||Kalex||Report|
|2||Argentine motorcycle Grand Prix||Sam Lowes||Johann Zarco||Johann Zarco||Kalex||Report|
|3||Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas||Álex Rins||Sam Lowes||Álex Rins||Kalex||Report|
|4||Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix||Sam Lowes||Álex Rins||Sam Lowes||Kalex||Report|
|5||French motorcycle Grand Prix||Thomas Lüthi||Álex Rins||Álex Rins||Kalex||Report|
|6||Italian motorcycle Grand Prix||Sam Lowes||Thomas Lüthi||Johann Zarco||Kalex||Report|
|7||Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix||Johann Zarco||Johann Zarco||Johann Zarco||Kalex||Report|
|8||Dutch TT||Thomas Lüthi||Takaaki Nakagami||Takaaki Nakagami||Kalex||Report|
|9||German motorcycle Grand Prix||Takaaki Nakagami||Xavier Siméon||Johann Zarco||Kalex||Report|
|10||Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix||Johann Zarco||Johann Zarco||Johann Zarco||Kalex||Report|
|11||Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix||Johann Zarco||Jonas Folger||Jonas Folger||Kalex||Report|
|12||British motorcycle Grand Prix||Sam Lowes||Thomas Lüthi||Thomas Lüthi||Kalex||Report|
|13||San Marino and Rimini's Coast motorcycle Grand Prix||Johann Zarco||Álex Rins||Lorenzo Baldassarri||Kalex||Report|
|14||Aragon motorcycle Grand Prix||Sam Lowes||Franco Morbidelli||Sam Lowes||Kalex||Report|
|15||Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix||Johann Zarco||Franco Morbidelli||Thomas Lüthi||Kalex||Report|
|16||Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix||Thomas Lüthi||Franco Morbidelli||Thomas Lüthi||Kalex||Report|
|17||Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix||Johann Zarco||Luca Marini||Johann Zarco||Kalex||Report|
|18||Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix||Johann Zarco||Johann Zarco||Johann Zarco||Kalex||Report|
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