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OFFICIAL MOTOGP SEASON REVIEW 2016

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The 13th edition of the Official MotoGP Season Review, published by award-winning Evro Publishing, records one of the most remarkable seasons of recent years.

MotoGP in 2016 produced a record nine winners, starting and ending with Jorge Lorenzo, and going via Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, Jack Miller, Andrea Iannone, Cal Crutchlow, Maverick Viñales, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso.

One man emerged from the confusion to win five races and take his third MotoGP title. Marquez, who was crowned champion with three races to go, tamed his Honda and, most impressively, reined in his natural instinct to win every corner of every race. He rode for the points, he made impossible saves, and now and then he cut loose and shattered lap records just to remind everyone he was a winner.

The year brought plenty of fascinating sub-plots. There was Cal Crutchlow winning for Britain for the first time in the premier class in 35 years, not once but twice. Ducati’s search for their first win since 2010 was frustrated by self-inflicted crashes and bad luck until after the season’s halfway mark. There was the first win by a non-factory independent team in nearly ten years thanks to Jack Miller, who introduced the ‘shoey’ to a startled paddock and set off an epidemic of winners drinking podium champers from their boots.

In the Official MotoGP Season Review each race receives eight pages written by Julian Ryder, detailing what happened to every rider as well as tracing the story of each race weekend. MotoGP’s top technical journalist, Neil Spalding, analyses all the bikes as well as providing expert assessment of how Michelin approached the task of taking over as MotoGP’s tyre supplier. Mat Oxley provides a typically insightful summary of the season as a whole. The unique ‘Rider’s Rider of the Year’ poll, in which all the riders vote for their top six men of the year, throws up some surprises as usual.

The Official MotoGP Season Review also covers Moto2 and Moto3 as well as the Red Bull Rookies championship. Johann Zarco successfully defended his Moto2 title and Brad Binder fulfilled his promise and dominated a Moto3 year notable for a stunningly fast quartet of rookies. The Red Bull Rookies brought a new rising son from Japan in the form of Ayumu Sasaki.

The Official MotoGP Season Review follows every twist and turn of a fascinating and unpredictable season, illustrated with the best motorsport photography on the planet.

JULIAN RYDER is on BT Sport’s MotoGP commentary team and has been editor of the Official MotoGP Season Review since its inception in 2004. From 1993 to 2000 he was a member of the team that brought the golden era of World Superbike and Carl Fogarty’s championships to British TV screens before moving on in 2001 to cover the last year of 500cc Grand Prix racing and then 15 seasons of MotoGP. Julian transferred to the top class of racing at the same time as Valentino Rossi burst on to the scene and he has commentated on all of Rossi’s races since then.

NEIL SPALDING writes about technical aspects of MotoGP for motorcycle magazines and newspapers throughout the world as well as for the Official MotoGP Season Review. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book MotoGP Technology.

MAT OXLEY is an Isle of Man TT winner and lap record holder. He has been writing about motorcycle racing for magazines and newspapers since the late 1980s, and his books include acclaimed biographies of Valentino Rossi and Mick Doohan, plus the Cold War motorsport spy story Stealing Speed.

ANDREW NORTHCOTT is one of the top MotoGP photographers working today. As well as providing images for the Official MotoGP Season Review, his photos are used by many news publications worldwide.

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