2016 was the year that can rightly be called the “Winners Waltz” with no less than nine different riders trying to claim victory throughout the season, a first ever in the history of the World Championship Grand Prix!
The main actors of the GP category, Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa were able to maintain a strong grip on the championship lead but often saw their rivals Maverick Vinales, Andrea Iannone, Cal Crutchlow, Jack Miller and Andrea Dovizioso make their presence felt at least four times during this spectacular season.
The constructor supremacy of Yamaha and Honda was also challenged this time by Ducati and Suzuki who were often placed amongst the leaders.
Modifications made in the rules and regulations, every team now using the same computer software and Michelin’s return as the unique tyre manufacturer for the GP category, the combination of these elements with the hatching of a new generation of riders and the unpredictable weather conditions can maybe explain the reasons why we saw this new wave in motorcycle racing.
Adding to that are the transfers of Vinales to Movistar Yamaha and Lorenzo to Ducati, the arrival of KTM with their two riders, Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith and the change of category for Johann Zarco from Moto2 to MotoGP with Yamaha Tech3, all the ingredients are in place to ensure that we will have an exceptional season again in 2017.
The lad from Avignon has joined the Hervé Poncharal Team and will be the second French rider along with Loris Baz to compete in the MotoGP category. He will commence the season with two consecutive Moto2 World Champion titles in his pocket, never been achieved before as well as being the most successful Frenchman on the track, winning 16 races and standing on the podium 41 times.
He leaves his place in the Moto2 category to Fabio Quartararo who will join the Sito Pons team next season after having completed two seasons in the Moto3 category.
Jules Danilo, the last Frenchman in the Grand Prix World Championship, is to remain for his fourth full season in the Moto3 group.
So, the rendezvous is in Le Mans for the 19th, 20th and 21st of May 2017, come along and encourage our French riders and enjoy an exciting, sensational weekend!
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