IT’S THE UL­TI­MATE BLUFFER’S GUIDE

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Motorcycle News (UK) - - Motogp Preview - By Matthew Birt MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

Sun­days are sorted again as Mo­togp 2016 kicks off in Qatar. But as much as we love ab­sorb­ing ev­ery mo­ment of ac­tion live on TV we also en­joy demon­strat­ing our in­ti­mate knowl­edge of the sport we love to all who’ll lis­ten.

Well, now you can trans­form your­self into a walk­ing en­cy­clo­pe­dia of Mo­togp knowl­edge with MCN’S ul­ti­mate guide to the 2016 world cham­pi­onship.

From en­gine al­lo­ca­tions to penalty points, we’ve got it all cov­ered in this one-stop guide to the 10 key rules and reg­u­la­tions you should be clued up on for 2016. So with less tech­ni­cal in­ter­ven­tion, rider skill will be more preva­lent in 2016. Mag­neti Marelli has writ­ten the new soft­ware but with in­put from Honda, Yamaha and Du­cati. If the three fac­to­ries unan­i­mously agree to a change, Mag­neti Marelli is obliged to in­tro­duce it. The fac­to­ries also have the power of veto if Dorna pro­pose a mod­i­fi­ca­tion to the soft­ware.

2Tyres

Since the sin­gle-make tyre rule was in­tro­duced in 2009, Bridge­stone has been the sole tyre sup­plier. But it’s all change for 2016 with Miche­lin tak­ing over the ex­clu­sive con­tract.

One key dif­fer­ence is that a softer tyre al­lo­ca­tion is no longer avail­able to cer­tain rid­ers, so all rid­ers have ac­cess to the same op­tions at ev­ery race. Rim size is also up from 16.5inch to 17-inch. Slick tyre avail­abil­ity is up one from 21 to 22, with an ex­tra rear avail­able. Rid­ers have 10 front tyres and 12 rears avail­able.

Af­ter the first day of prac­tice, rid­ers can choose a max­i­mum of seven fronts and seven rears of their favoured com­pounds. The rest of their se­lec­tion is made up of the other com­pounds avail­able.

Rid­ers also get seven pairs of wets, and for 2016 an in­ter­me­di­ate tyre is an op­tion too; each rider will have ac­cess to six per week­end – three fronts and three rears. Un­der­stand­ing the tyres each rider is us­ing will be a much less com­plex af­fair in 2016 with the scrap­ping of the Open class and sub­se­quent loss of softer tyres for cer­tain en­tries. Miche­lin’s slick tyre range is made up of hard, medium and soft com­pounds. And there are soft and hard rain tyres avail­able.

Stand out from the Mo­togp crowd with your in-depth knowl­edge of the 2016 reg­u­la­tions

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