I was reading some changes for the 2016 season, some
questions came to mind and so I jotted them down and started to research how
these 5 questions will play out.
1) Will the feud between Vale and Jorge end.
If you look back, Rossi’ reason for leaving was blamed on
the team’s decision to give both riders equal treatment; no rider would get
“special” consideration. (BSN
9th OCTOBER 2014)
Was ego, Rossi’ downfall? Did he underestimate Lorenzo’s
ability? Did he think he could convince Ducati to make engineering changed that
Last year’s Yamaha pit saw one garage with, what at times,
looked like 2 separate teams. There was no love lost between the two and with
what transpired in the last 3 races of last season, I can’t honestly believe
it’s going to be better.
2) Will this feud affect the team?
Yes. It was widely
reported that Yamaha's boss Lin Jarvis, did not take kindly to JL99's
belligerent mood. If we’ve learned one thing from world champions, it’s, they
cannot lose. Whether its World Championships or checkers, having 2 type “A”
personalities in the pits, with no respect for each, other is going to, at some
Now add MM into the mix. Apparently, Honda's Emilio Alzamora
has admitted that Marquez blames Rossi for him losing any chances to win the
2015 crown and is holding a bitter grudge on the Italian. (AUTOEVOLUTION
27TH OCTOBER 2015)
3) Will the change in tyres and ECU's make a level playing field?
Michelin returns as official tyre after a seven-year hiatus,
replacing Bridgestone as the championship's control supplier. Both Yamaha and
Honda have said that the tyre does not suit the bikes, more exactly, that the
front tyre cannot handle the push, traction, aggressiveness of the rear.
In middle 2015 Michelin Motorsport director Pascal Couasnon told Autosport he was
not surprised some leading riders were struggling to adapt to the French tyres
characteristics after so long on Bridgestone’s. “We have to realize what we are
asking of the riders is extremely difficult," he said.
And then there’s resurfacing at Malaysia's Sepang International Circuit. The
track will be closed for almost three months early next year, as track resurfacing
and general upgrades are performed. Remember how Phillip Island tore up the
tires after it was resurfaced.
Now for ECU’s; 2016 will be the first year of “Spec”
software. All teams were invited to help develop the software along with Dorna,
not being involved in the development risks the software not working with a team’s
machines. Here’s a breakdown of rules (crash.net)
3 World Champs all call the new electronics a step back in
so it’s no surprise that both Yamaha and Honda have detected bugs in the
Magnetti Marelli software. This won Honda and Yamaha to temporarily freeze on
using the new software (sportrider.com).
Rider and Coach Ken Hill of Rickdiculous Racing says” With the
new spec tires and spec ECU for 2016, there could be few hidden dynamic changes
1) Basic rider fundamental styles will be more of a factor. Until the tires are
developed to a higher level, I believe we'll see a bit less lean angle as well
as less time at lean angle than the Bridgestone’s. 2) The team will initially
play a bigger role in developing the tire changes and ECU electronics. 3) Basic
brand idiosyncrasies will be a bigger deal.”
4) Will Suzuki be able to mix it up with the big 2
Aleix Espargarò and Maverick Viñales ended in eighth and
11th positions in the MotoGP season Finale in Valencia and 11th and 12th
positions in 2015 overall standings. Not bad for the teams return to the
At the Teams last private test day Viñuales, Takuya Tsuda
and Nobuatsu Aoki rode the new Michelin
tyres and unified software, which will be introduced from 2016 to all MotoGP
teams, AND also the long-awaited
seamless gearbox that equipped both the test machine and Viñales’ Factory
GSX-RR. Together with many improvements in set-up configuration and
electronics, the three riders carried out intensive work and left the test very
satisfied with the progress. (Suzuki-racing,com).
The open test day on the 11th of Nov saw the Suzuki team in the top
4 times (Motogp.com).
I like Maverick Vinalas’ chances for a podium in 2016!
5) Can Rossi win another title?
Jorge Lorenzo thinks 2015 was Rossi’ last chance (motosports.com)
Rossi who is back with Yamaha in 2016 believes he has a
Yamaha believes he is creditable for 2016
Rossi’s biggest and maybe fiercest rival, Max Biaggi, has
said he deserved to win the 2015 seasons MotoGP World Championship. Will he
believe in 2016? (gpxtra.com)
I called a few friends and asked their opinion
owner of racefuelz; “Rossi can win another title, but I think it's going to
come two years from now, especially when Lorenzo is on a Ducati”
Brian Bartlow Feel
Like a Pro Dirt “Rossi doesn't know how NOT to win championships”
“Of course he can. But unfortunately lots of things have to line up. If the
Yamaha proves to be one of the best bikes on the grid I think he'll have an
Rider and Coach Ken Hill of Rickdiculous Racing “Rossi's
experience in development, his team’s ability to listen and change for him and
Rossi himself being able to change style-wise, gives him a huge advantage. So
the long answer is; the potential for Rossi to be fighting for another
championship is there. The first 4 races of the year will certainly be telling
in that regard.”
Jeff Hasseltine creator of the Moto Envy Bike Show ”
I'm 47 and I would like to think that I could win another title, so yes if he
takes the high fast road and uses his Rossiness to stay focused.”
Berto Wooldridge President of AFM "He can totally win cause it's not youth, but drive and he's got plenty of that. Combine that with his experience and it's a lock (so I hope)!"
6) My predictions for 2016 MotoGp
This will be one of the most watched seasons, just because
people want to see how the whole Rossi/ Jorge/MM thing plays out. And while I
have never been a Dani Pedrosa fan, his 2015 riding was masterful, giving me a
new respect for his ability to possibly win a World Championship and creating
another scenario of possible outcomes. However
it ends up, I believe it’s gonna be a great year for MotoGp.