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The 2016 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season will be the 68th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Jorge Lorenzo will start the season as the defending World Champion, having secured his fifth overall Championship title at the 2015 Valencian Community Grand Prix.

List of planned races
The following Grands Prix are officially scheduled to take place in 2016.[1]
The provisional calendar for next year’s MotoGP™ World Championship has been released.
MotoGP’s provisional 2016 calendar is as follows:

Round Date Grand Prix Venue
1 20/03 Qatar Losail International Circuit
2 03/04 Argentina Termas de Río Hondo
3 10/04 Americas Circuit Of The Americas
4 24/04 Spain Jerez de la Frontera *
5 08/05 France Le Mans
6 22/05 Italy Mugello
7 05/06 Catalunya Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
8 26/06 Netherlands TT Assen
9 10/07 Germany Sachsenring
10 17/07 Great Britain Silverstone
11 14/08 Austria Red Bull Ring
12 21/08 Czech Republic Brno *
13 11/09 San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano
14 25/09 Aragon MotorLand Aragon
15 09/10 Malaysia Sepang International Circuit
16 16/10 Japan Twin Ring Motegi
17 23/10 Australia Phillip Island
18 06/11 Valencia Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo
* Subject to contract

Calendar changes
The 2016 season will see the return of the Austrian Grand Prix to the series' schedule after 19 years absence. The race will be held at the Red Bull Ring, which was the venue of the last Austrian Grand Prix, when the track was called A1 Ring.
Having been on the calendar since 2008, the Indianapolis round has been discontinued.
For the first time in the history of the Dutch TT, the races will be held on a Sunday.

Teams and Riders
Repsol Honda
Marc Marquez
Dani Pedrosa

Movistar Yamaha
Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo

Ducati Team
Andrea Dovizioso
Andrea Iannone

Aleix Espargaro
Maverick Vinales

Aprilia Gresini
Alvaro Bautista
Stefan Bradl
(Sam Lowes has Aprilia MotoGP deal for 2017 & 2018)

Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Pol Espargaro
Bradley Smith

Pramac Ducati
Danilo Petrucci
Scott Redding

LCR Honda
Cal Crutchlow

Marc VDS Honda
Tito Rabat
Jack Miller

Aspar Ducati
Yonny Hernadez
Eugene Laverty
Nicky Hayden is moving to WSBK with Ten Kate Honda

Avintia Ducati
Hector Barbera
Loris Baz

Forward Racing
Racing in Moto2, WSBK and WSS but not MotoGP next year.

AB Motoracing
Karel Abraham? (Future of team unclear, may switch to WSBK*)

Alex de Angelis? (de Angelis has two-year deal with Ioda, who are working to secure 2015 Aprilia RS-GP machinery for next year)

* Grid places could be taken over by teams seeking to join MotoGP. However KTM's arrival with a two-rider factory team in 2017 coincides with a new limit of 24 bikes, meaning some existing teams look set to disappear.

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Team changes
Marc VDS Racing will expand to enter a second bike.
After entering two bikes in 2015, Team LCR will downgrade to a single entry in 2016.
Aspar Racing Team will end their association with Honda and will return to Ducati whose bikes they used between 2010 and 2011.
Forward Racing team has confirmed it is set to leave the MotoGP grid at the end of the season 2015 after announcing a new partnership with MV Agusta in the World Superbike and World Supersport championships in 2016.
AB Motoracing will also leave MotoGP.

Rider changes
Tito Rabat, the 2014 Moto2 World Champion, will make his MotoGP début with Marc VDS Racing, the team he won the Moto2 title with.
Yonny Hernández did not have his contract with Pramac Racing renewed, and will move to Aspar Racing to replace Nicky Hayden, who will leave MotoGP for the World Superbike Championship
Loris Baz will move to Avintia Racing to replace Mike Di Meglio.
Stefan Bradl will stay on at Aprilia for 2016 before Sam Lowes moves up to MotoGP in 2017.
Scott Redding will leave Marc VDS Racing at the end of the 2015 season to join Pramac Racing. His place will be taken by Jack Miller.

Starting in 2016, Michelin will become the series' official tyre supplier following Bridgestone's withdrawal from the category. Dorna have also agreed a rule change to the 2016 regulations to increase the wheel size from 16.5 inches to 17 inches (similar to Moto2 and Moto3).
The previous Factory and Open classes will be merged: every bike must adopt the unified electronic package (ECU and software). Each rider will be able to use up to seven engines in a season, albeit with frozen specifications, and the maximum fuel tank capacity will be 22 litres. Factories without a dry win between 2013 and 2015 will still be allowed to use 12 engines with free development, but in case of a determined number of podiums or wins scored during 2016 the factory will lose these benefits for the next season. Similarly, any manufacturer not scoring a single podium in 2016 will gain those concessions in 2017.

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