Times at 2:30pm:
Times at 12 noon:
The 2016 MotoGP season got underway this morning, as the sound of MotoGP bikes out on track echoed round the amphitheater of the Valencia circuit, chasing away much of the bitterness and recriminations left hanging there in the wake of the 2015 season showdown. With new bikes, new tires, new electronics, and new and old riders on new and old bikes, there was much to look forward to. It felt like MotoGP had a future again.
Press releases from the teams after the first day of testing at Valencia:
Marquez and Pedrosa commence 2016 season in Valencia
With barely time for the dust to settle on the emphatic 2015 MotoGP season, today the 2016 season commenced in Valencia, Spain.
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What really happened in MotoGP’s 2015 finale
Final times at the end of a full day of testing:
Testing continues at Valencia, as do the front end crashes. Teams are working on bike set up and weight distribution, to adapt to the tires, but that is taking some time.
Times at 3pm:
Testing is underway for the 2016 of MotoGP, the bikes rolling out on Michelin tires with official timing for the first time. Lap times are quick, Marc Marquez already lapping around the race record, the performance of the Michelins up to par. But there are still issues: Marquez crashed at Turn 3, losing the front at a corner where crashes are extremely rare on just his fourth lap out of the pits. Cal Crutchlow has also crashed, going down at Turn 5, again losing the front.
They say that truth is stranger than fiction. The more pressing question is how to distinguish between the two. Narratives are easily created – it is my stock in trade, and the trade which every sports writer plies – but where does stringing together a collection of related facts move from being a factual reconstruction into the realms of invented fantasy? When different individuals view the same facts and draw radically opposite conclusions, are we to believe that one is delusional and the other is sane and objective?
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the final race of 2015 at Valencia:
Lorenzo Clinches MotoGP World Championship Title with a Faultless Win in Valencia