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2016 Moto GP Season Teams/Changes/Schedule
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.
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
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
(Sam Lowes has Aprilia MotoGP deal for 2017 & 2018)
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Marc VDS Honda
Nicky Hayden is moving to WSBK with Ten Kate Honda
Racing in Moto2, WSBK and WSS but not MotoGP next year.
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.