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5 things to expect from the 2016 MotoGP season

  • The 2016 MotoGP season promises to be just as unpredictable as its predecessor and hopefully less scandalous.
Dhruv George
ANALYST
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Modified 09 Mar 2016, 18:35 IST

Racing season is almost upon us, and soon petrolheads will come out of hibernation and have something to look forward to.If the 2015 MotoGP season wasn’t exciting enough, then the new regulations, the new tire supplier and even a new rider in the form of Tito Rabat who recently graduated from the Moto2 class. the main stalwarts are Honda, Yamaha and Ducati, but Suzuki might have a few things to say about that.

#5 Casey Stoner (Enough Said)

Casey stoner 2016
Stoner returns after his retirement!

This was possibly the biggest piece of news since the Malaysian GP saga. After retiring in 2012 he continued to be associated with Honda as a development rider. In 2015 Stoner participated in the Suzuka 8 hours endurance race but a throttle malfunction put paid to his triumphant return to racing.

Stoner sooner split from the Japanese marquee and was lured out of retirement albeit as a test rider, but according to some sources there is a certain clause in his contract that allows him to enter as a wildcard rider, but even before that Stoner was extremely close to returning behind the wheel of a MotoGP bike when he offered to step in as a replacement for his former teammate Pedrosa when the latter was sidelined due to hi arm pump operation, sadly his offer was tabled and Hiroshi Aoyama was chosen instead.

Although Stoner remains adamant that he won’t be racing this season, his fellow countryman and MotoGP legend Wayne Gardner reckons that that decision rests on the performance of the bike. Stoner has so far participated in the Sepang test for 2 sessions and has certainly proven that age has not affected his speed.

Well there’s just a little more than a week left before asphalt meets rubber and those red lights go out. This season cannot come soon enough.

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Published 09 Mar 2016, 00:51 IST
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