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Johann Zarco secured the Riders' Championship at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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.[1]

Johann Zarco started the season as the defending World Champion, having secured his first championship title at the 2015 Japanese Grand Prix.[2] With victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix – his sixth of the 2016 season – Zarco was able to retain his title,[3] 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,[4] 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.[5] Zarco completed the season with victory in Valencia,[6] 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,[6] 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.[6] 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,[7][8] Jonas Folger won at Brno,[9] while first Grand Prix victories went to Takaaki Nakagami at Assen,[10] and Lorenzo Baldassarri in Misano.[11] 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[edit]

  • 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.[12]

Race calendar[edit]

The following Grands Prix took place in 2016.[13]

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

Calendar changes[edit]

  • 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.[13]
  • Having been on the calendar since 2008, the Indianapolis round has been discontinued.[15]

Teams and riders[edit]

A provisional entry list was announced on 7 November 2015.[16]

Team Constructor Motorcycle No. Rider Rounds
Spain Sports-Millions-Emwe-SAG
Spain SAG Team
Kalex Kalex Moto2 2 Switzerland Jesko Raffin[17] All
39 Spain Luis Salom[18] 1–7
Spain AGR Team Kalex Kalex Moto2 4 South Africa Steven Odendaal[19] 14
23 Germany Marcel Schrötter[20] All
49 Spain Axel Pons[16] All
Finland Ajo Motorsport
Finland Ajo Motorsport Academy
Kalex Kalex Moto2 5 France Johann Zarco[2][21] All
45 Japan Tetsuta Nagashima[22] 14–15
Switzerland Forward Team Kalex Kalex Moto2 7 Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri[23] All
10 Italy Luca Marini[16] All
Malaysia JPMoto Malaysia Suter Suter MMX2 8 Spain Efrén Vázquez[16] 1–3
69 United States Danny Eslick[24] 5
88 Spain Ricard Cardús[25] 6
Germany Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex Kalex Moto2 11 Germany Sandro Cortese[26] All
94 Germany Jonas Folger[26] All
Switzerland Garage Plus Interwetten
Switzerland CarXpert Interwetten
Kalex Kalex Moto2 12 Switzerland Thomas Lüthi[16] All
27 Spain Iker Lecuona[27] 12–13, 15–18
70 Switzerland Robin Mulhauser[16] All
77 Switzerland Dominique Aegerter[16] 1–11, 14
Japan Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex Kalex Moto2 14 Thailand Ratthapark Wilairot[16] 1–7, 9–18
30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami[16] All
France Promoto Sport TransFIORmers TBA 16 France Hugo Clere[28] 18
Qatar QMMF Racing Team Speed Up Speed Up SF16 19 Belgium Xavier Siméon[29] All
60 Spain Julián Simón[16] All
Luxembourg Leopard Racing Kalex[30] Kalex Moto2 20 Italy Alessandro Nocco[31] 16–17
44 Portugal Miguel Oliveira[32] 1–15, 18
52 United Kingdom Danny Kent[33] All
Belgium EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex Kalex Moto2 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli[34] All
73 Spain Álex Márquez[34] All
Italy Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex Kalex Moto2 22 United Kingdom Sam Lowes[35] All
Italy Speed Up Speed Up Speed Up SF16 24 Italy Simone Corsi[16] All
France Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 Tech 3 Mistral 610 32 Spain Isaac Viñales[20] All
97 Spain Xavi Vierge[36] All
Italy Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex Kalex Moto2 33 Italy Alessandro Tonucci[16] 1–6
87 Australia Remy Gardner[37] 7–18
Spain Páginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex Kalex Moto2 40 Spain Álex Rins[38] All
57 Spain Edgar Pons[39] 1–2, 4, 6–18
Italy Team Ciatti Kalex Kalex Moto2 42 Italy Federico Fuligni[40] 4, 6, 13, 18
Italy Italtrans Racing Team Kalex Kalex Moto2 54 Italy Mattia Pasini[16] All
Malaysia Petronas Raceline Malaysia
Malaysia Petronas AHM Malaysia
Kalex Kalex Moto2 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin[16] All
93 Malaysia Ramdan Rosli[41] 7, 16–17
Japan Japan-GP2 Kalex Kalex Moto2 63 Japan Naomichi Uramoto[42] 15
Japan Team Taro Plus One TSR TBA 84 Japan Taro Sekiguchi[42] 15
Japan NTS T.Pro Project NTS TBA 89 France Alan Techer[22] 14
Czech Republic Montáže Brož Racing Team Suter Suter MMX2 95 Australia Anthony West[43] 11
Key
Regular rider
Wildcard rider
Replacement rider

Team changes[edit]

  • JiR Moto2 announced that they would withdraw from the championship at the end of the 2015 season.[44]
  • 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.[45]
  • IodaRacing Project SRL also withdrew from the championship.

Rider changes[edit]

In-season changes[edit]

  • 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.[37]
  • Luis Salom was killed after an accident during Friday practice at the Catalan Grand Prix. His teammate Jesko Raffin withdrew from the weekend.[47] 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.[48]
  • 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[edit]

Grands Prix[edit]

Round Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning rider Winning constructor Report
1 Qatar Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix Germany Jonas Folger United Kingdom Sam Lowes Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Germany Kalex Report
2 Argentina Argentine motorcycle Grand Prix United Kingdom Sam Lowes France Johann Zarco France Johann Zarco Germany Kalex Report
3 United States Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas Spain Álex Rins United Kingdom Sam Lowes Spain Álex Rins Germany Kalex Report
4 Spain Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix United Kingdom Sam Lowes Spain Álex Rins United Kingdom Sam Lowes Germany Kalex Report
5 France French motorcycle Grand Prix Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Spain Álex Rins Spain Álex Rins Germany Kalex Report
6 Italy Italian motorcycle Grand Prix United Kingdom Sam Lowes Switzerland Thomas Lüthi France Johann Zarco Germany Kalex Report
7 Spain Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix France Johann Zarco France Johann Zarco France Johann Zarco Germany Kalex Report
8 Netherlands Dutch TT Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Japan Takaaki Nakagami Japan Takaaki Nakagami Germany Kalex Report
9 Germany German motorcycle Grand Prix Japan Takaaki Nakagami Belgium Xavier Siméon France Johann Zarco Germany Kalex Report
10 Austria Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix France Johann Zarco France Johann Zarco France Johann Zarco Germany Kalex Report
11 Czech Republic Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix France Johann Zarco Germany Jonas Folger Germany Jonas Folger Germany Kalex Report
12 United Kingdom British motorcycle Grand Prix United Kingdom Sam Lowes Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Germany Kalex Report
13 San Marino San Marino and Rimini's Coast motorcycle Grand Prix France Johann Zarco Spain Álex Rins Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri Germany Kalex Report
14 Spain Aragon motorcycle Grand Prix United Kingdom Sam Lowes Italy Franco Morbidelli United Kingdom Sam Lowes Germany Kalex Report
15 Japan Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix France Johann Zarco Italy Franco Morbidelli Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Germany Kalex Report
16 Australia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Italy Franco Morbidelli Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Germany Kalex Report
17 Malaysia Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix France Johann Zarco Italy Luca Marini France Johann Zarco Germany Kalex Report
18 Valencian Community Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix France Johann Zarco France Johann Zarco France Johann Zarco Germany Kalex Report

Riders' standings[edit]

Pos Rider Bike QAT
Qatar
ARG
Argentina
AME
United States
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Spain
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
ARA
Spain
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
VAL
Spain
Pts
1 France Johann Zarco Kalex 12 1 3 5 24 1 1 2 1 1 11 22 4 8 2 12 1 1 276
2 Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Kalex 1 7 7 6 3 4 5 Ret Ret 4 DNS 1 6 4 1 1 6 2 234
3 Spain Álex Rins Kalex 8 4 1 3 1 7 2 6 Ret 3 2 7 2 6 20 Ret 14 5 214
4 Italy Franco Morbidelli Kalex 7 25 14 4 4 8 11 3 Ret 2 8 2 5 3 3 2 2 3 213
5 United Kingdom Sam Lowes Kalex 9 2 2 1 6 3 6 4 Ret Ret 3 21 Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret 4 175
6 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 14 9 15 7 5 9 3 1 11 7 Ret 3 3 5 4 5 21 6 169
7 Germany Jonas Folger Kalex Ret 3 5 2 Ret 15 7 10 2 26 1 5 8 10 Ret 6 3 8 167
8 Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex DNS 13 23 17 17 2 14 5 5 8 16 6 1 7 Ret 4 4 14 127
9 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 4 6 16 11 8 5 4 Ret 7 21 6 4 7 14 13 Ret 5 15 118
10 Italy Simone Corsi Speed Up 3 20 6 Ret 2 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret 19 8 Ret 9 6 7 11 11 103
11 Italy Mattia Pasini Kalex 16 10 17 12 16 Ret 12 19 4 13 4 9 16 12 7 Ret 23 7 72
12 Switzerland Dominique Aegerter Kalex 5 5 4 8 13 10 Ret 9 10 10 17 22 71
13 Spain Álex Márquez Kalex Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 16 18 8 Ret 6 5 25 10 2 Ret DNS 7 Ret 69
14 Germany Marcel Schrötter Kalex 17 11 10 Ret 14 18 10 13 Ret 5 18 11 11 15 9 9 20 10 64
15 Germany Sandro Cortese Kalex 15 Ret 12 Ret DNS 11 Ret 12 15 11 23 12 9 13 5 3 17 Ret 61
16 Spain Axel Pons Kalex Ret 8 22 Ret 7 6 9 Ret Ret 9 Ret 10 Ret 16 Ret 8 Ret Ret 55
17 Belgium Xavier Siméon Speed Up Ret 12 8 10 11 DNS Ret 11 Ret 23 15 16 Ret 11 10 11 15 16 46
18 Spain Julián Simón Speed Up Ret 19 9 DNS Ret 17 13 16 3 15 13 14 Ret 21 8 Ret DNS 23 40
19 Spain Luis Salom Kalex 2 15 13 9 10 Ret DNS 37
20 Spain Xavi Vierge Tech 3 Ret 14 20 Ret 15 Ret 20 17 Ret 16 12 13 12 17 11 10 8 12 37
21 Portugal Miguel Oliveira Kalex 11 21 Ret Ret 9 13 8 15 Ret 14 9 Ret 17 DNS DNS 13 36
22 United Kingdom Danny Kent Kalex 6 16 Ret Ret 19 14 Ret 14 DNS 12 7 15 Ret 29 Ret Ret 18 9 35
23 Italy Luca Marini Kalex 10 18 Ret 16 12 Ret Ret Ret 6 17 Ret Ret 13 25 12 16 9 22 34
24 Spain Isaac Viñales Tech 3 19 24 18 13 20 24 16 21 9 18 14 Ret Ret 28 15 DNS 10 Ret 19
25 Switzerland Jesko Raffin Kalex 18 23 21 14 23 26 DNS 18 8 24 24 17 15 20 17 13 16 17 14
26 Australia Remy Gardner Kalex 15 20 12 19 21 20 19 19 19 Ret 13 18 8
27 Australia Anthony West Suter 10 6
28 Thailand Ratthapark Wilairot Kalex 13 17 19 Ret 21 22 Ret Ret 22 25 18 14 26 18 15 24 20 6
29 Malaysia Ramdan Rosli Kalex 19 18 12 4
30 Switzerland Robin Mulhauser Kalex 20 22 Ret 15 18 21 21 22 13 25 22 24 20 27 Ret 17 Ret 21 4
31 Spain Edgar Pons Kalex Ret DNS DNS 23 17 23 14 20 20 23 Ret 24 16 14 19 19 4
32 Japan Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 23 14 2
Italy Federico Fuligni Kalex 18 20 18 Ret 0
South Africa Steven Odendaal Kalex 18 0
Italy Alessandro Tonucci Kalex 21 27 24 19 22 25 0
Spain Iker Lecuona Kalex 19 21 Ret Ret 22 24 0
Spain Ricard Cardús Suter 19 0
Japan Naomichi Uramoto Kalex 21 0
Spain Efrén Vázquez Suter 22 26 DNS 0
Japan Taro Sekiguchi TSR 22 0
United States Danny Eslick Suter 25 0
Italy Alessandro Nocco Kalex Ret Ret 0
France Hugo Clere TransFIORmers Ret 0
France Alan Techer NTS Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike QAT
Qatar
ARG
Argentina
AME
United States
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Spain
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
ARA
Spain
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
VAL
Spain
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

Manufacturers' standings[edit]

Pos Manufacturer QAT
Qatar
ARG
Argentina
AME
United States
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Spain
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
ARA
Spain
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
VAL
Spain
Pts
1 Germany Kalex 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 450
2 Italy Speed Up 3 12 6 10 2 12 13 7 3 15 13 8 Ret 9 6 7 11 11 136
3 France Tech 3 19 14 18 13 15 24 16 17 9 16 12 13 12 17 11 10 8 12 47
4 Switzerland Suter 22 26 DNS 25 19 10 6
Japan TSR 22 0
France TransFIORmers Ret 0
Japan NTS Ret 0
Pos Manufacturer QAT
Qatar
ARG
Argentina
AME
United States
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
CAT
Spain
NED
Netherlands
GER
Germany
AUT
Austria
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
RSM
San Marino
ARA
Spain
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
VAL
Spain
Pts

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