MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
Roll on 2016!
That was prime Jorge Lorenzo: grab the holeshot, then lay down the law, so there’s no gunfight at the end. Perhaps there would’ve been a shootout in the final laps if Marc Márquez hadn’t been handicapped by his finger injury and Valentino Rossi hadn’t been spooked by a few front-end scares, but that’s all ifs and buts.
Jerez was the first procession of a so-far dazzling season which will surely give us more great races, but I’m already looking forward to 2016.
We have had four seasons of classes-within-a-class MotoGP racing. Next year MotoGP will be back to where it should be: everyone working to the same technical rules, a level race track, no excuses, let’s go racing.
In 2012 and 2013 there were the silly-named Claiming Rule Teams bikes, gamely propping up the back of the sadly diminished grid and trying hard (but never succeeding) to pretend they were in the same race as the factory bikes.
Since last year there’ve been the Open bikes, which make a better but not utterly convincing show of pretending to be in the same race. And then we have the Factory 2 bikes, or whatever they’re called (I long ago lost interest). Factory 2 bikes belong to manufacturers who are struggling to keep up; they are factory bikes but with benefits.
Open bikes get more fuel, softer tyres and more engines (but less electronics) to give them a very small hope in hell of getting close to the factory machinery. Factory 2 bikes get more fuel and all that but can run their own hi-tech electronics. But if they turn out to be any good, they lose some of their extra fuel but they can keep everything else. Are you with me?
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.