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Old 1 Jan 2016, 19:22 (Ref:3601470)   #1
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2016 MotoGP...

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20 March Qatar Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar Losail International Circuit, Doha

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3 April Argentina Gran Premio Red Bull de la República Argentina Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, Santiago del Estero

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10 April United States Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas Circuit of the Americas, Austin

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24 April Spain Gran Premio bwin de España Circuito de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera

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8 May France Monster Energy Grand Prix de France Le Mans Bugatti, Maine

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22 May Italy Gran Premio d'Italia TIM Mugello Circuit, Mugello

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5 June Spain Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya Circuit de Catalunya, Montmeló

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26 June Netherlands Motul TT Assen TT Circuit Assen, Assen

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17 July Germany Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Sachsenring, Hohenstein-Ernstthal

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14 August Austria Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring, Spielberg

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21 August Czech Republic Grand Prix Ceske Republiky Automotodrom Brno, Brno

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4 September United Kingdom British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone

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11 September San Marino Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano Adriatico

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25 September Spain Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón Motorland Aragón, Alcañiz

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16 October Japan Motul Grand Prix of Japan Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi

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23 October Australia Australian Grand Prix Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island

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30 October Malaysia Shell Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit, Selangor

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13 November Spain Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia

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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.
All bikes to run on Michelin tyres.
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Old 2 Jan 2016, 09:16 (Ref:3601563)   #2
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Dani Filth should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridDani Filth should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridDani Filth should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
i've modified the thread title and did a sticky on it.

regarding 2016 .. can Rossi come back? .. at least as good as in 2015?
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Old 2 Jan 2016, 10:15 (Ref:3601568)   #3
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regarding 2016 .. can Rossi come back? .. at least as good as in 2015?
Normally in life the older you get the wiser you get, and you don't tend to take those "do or die" moves when you are trying to prove how good you are (or not) !
The thing is that the top guys and bikes are pretty close and I can't see anyone having a "runaway" in 2016 like Marquez did previously.
However until the first couple of races take place it's anyone's guess but as has been proved in the past you can never rule out the "old boy" !
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Old 2 Jan 2016, 12:28 (Ref:3601580)   #4
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chunder should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridchunder should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridchunder should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
The ONLY thing people will be concerned about this year is tyres.

new tyres mean a total redevelopment of the bike.

the Michelin front is nowhere near as edge grip awful as the Bridgey, so the chassis will need work, but the rear tyre is far, far better.

You are going to see tons of front end crashes and guys like Marquez will lose some of their edge until their computers can ride round it for them again.
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Old 2 Jan 2016, 18:43 (Ref:3601630)   #5
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should give Rossi an edge then .. at least for the beginning for the season
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canamman should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridcanamman should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridcanamman should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Kinda expecting the same battles if everyone stays healthy.
I would like to see Pedrosa come forward a bit more this season.

Are there any rumors of Stoner coming back?
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I think Stoner might do a one off at PI, can't see him doing much else.

Not sure really why he would leave Honda, and go back to a team he left as they did not make him feel welcome after his health issues, can only presume the dollar is insane!
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A 1-off at PI would be a waste of time - need some race miles under your belt you would think!
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I do not really think Stoner needs any more knowledge of how to get around PI.

He would probably be fast enough to podium there, Sepang or Motegi where he has done most of his testing
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Apart from tyres that will favour some teams more than others a single ECU "should" bring the field closer together, and what with Ducati dropping out of technical concessions Suzuki should be the most competitive machine with it's seamless shift gearbox at long last.
Aprilia could well up the anti with engine mods and more testing allowed for this season so roll on the 20th of March !
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Old 4 Jan 2016, 22:02 (Ref:3602085)   #11
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Rossi is the master of adaptation so the new electronics and tyres will play into his hands for the opening few rounds at least. I think Lorenzo might be worst affected of the main guys - they changed the front Bridgestone last year (or before?) and it ruined his corner speed which is what he needs. Until they changed back, he was off the pace.

There is no way Stoner will rock up at PI and podium. He's 3 years and counting away. I don't care if he's been testing, it's not the same thing. Is he really going to beat one of Rossi/Marquez/Lorenzo/Pedrosa and that assumes no other bolter from the pack like Iannone for example. If Stoner gets top 8, he'll be doing well.
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It is Marquez that will suffer the most from michelin, as he does things with the front tyre noone else does, as was proved many times by him running the harder compound.

Rossi does adapt, but not as quickly as he used to, his main thing is experience of Michelin, something only really Pedrosa has and Dovi too. But that was before the complex electronics they use now and insane edge grip the current bikes are designed for, that will all change as the front Michy is nowhere near as edge grip focused but the rear is superb, always has been always was.
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Now that Dorna have also agreed a rule change to the 2016 regulations to increase the wheel size from 16.5 inches to 17 inches I would have thought that Michelin have had a good look at tyre compounds for the coming season !
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The Michelin test circuit at Almeria just up the road will obviously be used a few times for testing as it always is before the seasons start every year, I have seen most of the top teams there over the years but I have a fair bit of work back in the UK and it looks like I'll miss out this year.
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RE Stoner: I read somewhere that when you are granted 'Legends' title, you are no longer allowed to race full time within GP. I believe wild cards are allowed but would he loose his 'Legends' title if he was to make a come back?
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