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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 calendarEdit

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

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

Calendar changesEdit

Teams and ridersEdit

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

Team Constructor Motorcycle No. Rider Rounds
  Ducati Team Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP16 04   Andrea Dovizioso[12] All
8   Héctor Barberá[13] 15–16
29   Andrea Iannone[14] 1–12, 17–18[a]
51   Michele Pirro[17] 6, 10
51   Michele Pirro[16] 13–14[a]
  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini       Aprilia Aprilia RS-GP 6   Stefan Bradl[18] All
19   Álvaro Bautista[14] All
  Avintia Racing Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP14[14] 7   Mike Jones[13] 15–16
8   Héctor Barberá[14] 1–14, 17–18
12   Javier Forés[19] 13
51   Michele Pirro[20] 7–8
76   Loris Baz[21] 1–6, 9–12, 14–18
  Repsol Honda Team Honda Honda RC213V 7   Hiroshi Aoyama[22][23] 17
73 15[b]
26   Dani Pedrosa[24] 1–15, 18[b]
69   Nicky Hayden[25] 16
93   Marc Márquez[26] All
  Octo Pramac Yakhnich[27] Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP15[14] 9   Danilo Petrucci[14] 1, 5–18
45   Scott Redding[28] All
51   Michele Pirro[29] 2–4
  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
  Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team
Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 21   Katsuyuki Nakasuga[30] 15
46   Valentino Rossi[31]         All
99   Jorge Lorenzo[32] All
  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 22   Alex Lowes[33] 12–14
38   Bradley Smith[14] 1–11, 15–18
44   Pol Espargaró[34] All
  Team Suzuki Ecstar       Suzuki Suzuki GSX-RR 25   Maverick Viñales[14] All
41   Aleix Espargaró[14] All
  LCR Honda Honda Honda RC213V 35   Cal Crutchlow[35] All
  Red Bull KTM Factory Racing[36] KTM KTM RC16 36   Mika Kallio[37] 18
  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS       Honda Honda RC213V 43   Jack Miller[38] 1–10, 12–13, 15–18
53   Esteve Rabat[39] All
69   Nicky Hayden[40] 14
  Aspar Team MotoGP
  Pull & Bear Aspar Team
Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP14[14] 50   Eugene Laverty[14] All
68   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 changesEdit

Rider changesEdit

Rider's helmet changesEdit

Rule changesEdit

  • 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 resultsEdit

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

Riders' standingsEdit

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
 
ARG
 
AME
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GER
 
AUT
 
CZE
 
GBR
 
RSM
 
ARA
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Marc Márquez Honda 3 1 1 3 13 2 2 2 1 5 3 4 4 1 1 Ret 11 2 298
2   Valentino Rossi Yamaha 4 2 Ret 1 2 Ret 1 Ret 8 4 2 3 2 3 Ret 2 2 4 249
3   Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1 Ret 2 2 1 1 Ret 10 15 3 17 8 3 2 Ret 6 3 1 233
4   Maverick Viñales Suzuki 6 Ret 4 6 3 6 4 9 12 6 9 1 5 4 3 3 6 5 202
5   Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2 13 Ret Ret Ret 5 7 Ret 3 2 Ret 6 6 11 2 4 1 7 171
6   Dani Pedrosa Honda 5 3 Ret 4 4 4 3 12 6 7 12 5 1 6 DNS Ret 155
7   Cal Crutchlow Honda Ret Ret 16 11 Ret 11 6 Ret 2 15 1 2 8 5 5 1 Ret Ret 141
8   Pol Espargaró Yamaha 7 6 7 8 5 15 5 4 Ret 10 13 DNS 9 8 6 5 9 6 134
9   Andrea Iannone Ducati Ret Ret 3 7 Ret 3 Ret 5 5 1 8 Ret DNS WD Ret 3 112
10   Héctor Barberá Ducati 9 5 9 10 8 12 11 6 9 DSQ 5 14 13 13 17 Ret 4 11 102
11   Aleix Espargaró Suzuki 11 11 5 5 6 9 Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 7 Ret 7 4 Ret 13 8 93
12   Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 13 10 11 Ret 9 Ret 8 Ret 10 16 16 10 10 9 7 12 7 10 82
13   Eugene Laverty Ducati 12 4 12 9 11 13 13 7 11 18 6 12 14 14 Ret 14 12 16 77
14   Danilo Petrucci Ducati DNS 7 8 9 Ret Ret 11 7 9 11 17 8 9 10 12 75
15   Scott Redding Ducati 10 Ret 6 19 Ret Ret 16 3 4 8 15 17 15 19 9 7 15 14 74
16   Stefan Bradl Aprilia Ret 7 10 14 10 14 12 8 DNS 19 14 Ret 12 10 10 11 17 13 63
17   Bradley Smith Yamaha 8 8 17 12 Ret 7 Ret 13 13 9 Ret 13 8 14 9 62
18   Jack Miller Honda 14 Ret DNS 17 Ret Ret 10 1 7 DNS 16 DNS Ret 10 8 15 57
19   Michele Pirro Ducati 12 8 16 10 15 Ret 12 7 12 36
20   Loris Baz Ducati Ret Ret 15 13 12 Ret 17 13 4 DNS 18 16 Ret 5 18 35
21   Esteve Rabat Honda 15 9 13 18 Ret DNS 14 11 16 14 10 15 17 Ret 14 16 18 17 29
22   Yonny Hernández Ducati Ret Ret 14 15 Ret 16 17 Ret 18 17 11 11 16 16 12 13 Ret Ret 20
23   Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha 11 5
24   Alex Lowes Yamaha 13 Ret DNS 3
25   Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 15 16 1
26   Nicky Hayden Honda 15 17 1
27   Mike Jones Ducati 18 15 1
  Mika Kallio KTM Ret 0
  Javier Forés Ducati Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike QAT
 
ARG
 
AME
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GER
 
AUT
 
CZE
 
GBR
 
RSM
 
ARA
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
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' standingsEdit

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 number of points as their best placed rider in each race.
Pos Constructor QAT
 
ARG
 
AME
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GER
 
AUT
 
CZE
 
GBR
 
RSM
 
ARA
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Honda 3 1 1 3 4 2 2 1 1 5 1 2 1 1 1 1 8 2 369
2   Yamaha 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 4 8 3 2 3 2 2 6 2 2 1 353
3   Ducati 2 4 3 7 7 3 7 3 3 1 4 6 6 11 2 4 1 3 261
4   Suzuki 6 11 4 5 3 6 4 9 12 6 9 1 5 4 3 3 6 5 208
5   Aprilia 13 7 10 14 9 14 8 8 10 16 14 10 10 9 7 11 7 10 101
  KTM Ret 0
Pos Constructor QAT
 
ARG
 
AME
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GER
 
AUT
 
CZE
 
GBR
 
RSM
 
ARA
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts

Teams' standingsEdit

Pos Team Bike
No.
QAT
 
ARG
 
AME
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GER
 
AUT
 
CZE
 
GBR
 
RSM
 
ARA
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   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   Repsol Honda Team 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   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 WD Ret 3
51 10 12 7 12
4   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   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   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   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   LCR Honda 35 Ret Ret 16 11 Ret 11 6 Ret 2 15 1 2 8 5 5 1 Ret Ret 141
9   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   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   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
 
ARG
 
AME
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GER
 
AUT
 
CZE
 
GBR
 
RSM
 
ARA
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
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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