The 2016 MotoGP season has been off to an interesting start, but we’ve enjoyed every second of it. Quite a lot has happened! Take a look below at nine things we’ve learned so far.
1- Dani Pedrosa Has Heart and Character
At MotoGP Austin, Dani Pedrosa lost control as he came into Turn 1, slamming his bike against Andrea Dovizioso. While Pedrosa was at fault in the incident, he did not try to get back into the race so quickly. Instead, he set about to right the wrong and checked on Dovizioso to make sure he didn’t suffer an injury. He knows he made a mistake, which he owned up to and genuinely regretted. The incident was completely unfortunate, but it was nice to see the good sportsmanship both riders displayed.
2 - Jorge Lorenzo Learns Patience
Lorenzo quickly learned from his early-season experience in the Argentinian Grand Prix that he needed to be more patient in the first phase of the race. The low-grip conditions caused him to fall out of the lead and eventually crash out of the race.
He admitted it himself (via Autosport):
"A little bit with the front Michelin, a little bit with the patches of the water, I didn't have the patience to stay calm and understand that I could not win.”
Even so, he only remains 21 points behind Marc Marquez.
3 - Reports Suggest Lorenzo Will Leave Yamaha
We’ve heard recent chatter that Jorge Lorenzo is set to leave Yamaha for Ducati. The managing director of Yamaha’s factory MotoGP team, Lin Jarvis, confirmed that Lorenzo has been presented with a contract, but he does not expect it to return signed. Some reports suggest he’s already signed a Ducati contract, so we could see an announcement soon. Who would Yamaha replace him with? That is the question.
4 - Controversy Heats Up Around Winglets
Recently, Pedrosa has been vocal about the danger of winglets as they continue to increase in size and quantity. After his most recent crash, it comes as no surprise that he would speak up about the consequences of incidents involving winglets. After all, what if one of the winglets had made contact with Dovizioso's body?
The use of winglets is controversial and it will be unlikely for everyone to reach an agreement. Some manufacturers use them while others don’t. In many cases, the winglets provide a big advantage especially with the more powerful bikes. It’s not necessarily that winglets aren’t dangerous; it’s more of a matter of how dangerous they could potentially be.
5 - Phillip Island Secures 10-year Contract Extension
Australia’s Phillip Island circuit agreed to a 10-year contract extension to host a MotoGP race until 2026. In 2015, an estimated 85,000 spectators attended the race.
6 - Michelin Withdraws Tyres at the Argentinian GP
Tyre manufacturer Michelin had to withdraw all of its MotoGP rear tyres from use the Grand Prix of Argentina after a failure during practice. Riders then had to use a “special” rear tyre instead. This came as a result of Scott Redding’s incident – the tread flew off the tyre while he was on track during Free Practice 4. Thankfully, he avoided a crash.
For safety’s sake, Michelin took action and developed a brand new compound to produce new tires within three days.
7 - Marc Marquez Wins 4th Straight in Austin
Marquez continued his MotoGP reign in Austin, winning for the 4th year in a row. He currently sits atop the standings with 66 points.
8 - Current World Standings
We’ve definitely learned who the top riders are if we didn’t know already. Lorenzo won Qatar and Marquez swept Argentina and Austin. Here are the current standings:
Marc Marquez | 66 pt
Jorge Lorenzo | 45 pt
Valentino Rossi | 33 pt
9 - There’s a Way to Attend in Style
There’s really no better way to attend a MotoGP race than with MotoGP VIP Village access. The MotoGP VIP Village offers you privileged views of the race – you won’t miss a minute of the action.
Enjoy a comfortable and elegant atmosphere in the climate-controlled Paddock Building while you indulge in gourmet food and drinks on Saturday and Sunday. Plus, take advantage of the exclusive insider extras: Pit Lane Walk, Service Road Tour (only select races), VIP Raffle Prizes and more.