IT’S THE ULTIMATE BLUFFER’S GUIDE
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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.
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.