Lorenzo expects more open fight for MotoGP title in 2016

© Getty Images
1 Comment

Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo is anticipating a more open fight for next year’s title due to the technical changes that he believes will close up the field.

Lorenzo won one of the most controversial and turbulent championships in MotoGP’s history in 2015, edging Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi by just five points in the final standings.

For 2016, Michelin takes over as MotoGP’s sole tire supplier following the withdrawal of Bridgestone at the end of the season, while all bikes will now use the same electronic package previously split into ‘factory’ and ‘open’ specifications.

Lorenzo believes that these changes will bunch the field up more, resulting in a more open fight for the championship.

“In the upcoming season many things change,” Lorenzo told motogp.com. “The new electronics are less sophisticated than last year. You still have to know and be able to adjust them, that will be critical. The tire will be a very different look to this year and will influence the performance of the riders.

“In the end, I think the fastest with the most talent and experience will remain towards the top in 2016. It may be that more riders get into the fight, Suzuki came strong at the end and could be closer.”

Tensions between Lorenzo and Rossi flared up towards the end of the year following the latter’s penalty in Malaysia after he was adjudged to have deliberately made contact with Marc Marquez to cause the Spaniard to fall.

Rossi was forced to start the final race of the year from the back of the grid after having a stay of execution rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. With the championship decided in Valencia, he ultimately opted to withdraw his appeal against the penalty.

Lorenzo dodged questions about Rossi’s decision, but said that he is open to holding talks with his teammate in the near future.

“Sorry, I will not continue to feed the controversy on the season,” Lorenzo said.

“I’m just looking forward and happy to talk about 2016. I have not had time to talk to him, I imagine in the future we will have time and opportunities to do so.”

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

PointsBet 2022 Singapore odds
Mark Thompson / Getty Images

Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner, and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.

Italian GP Odds
Dutch GP Odds
Belgium GP Odds
French GP Odds
Austrian GP Odds
Canadian GP Odds
Azerbaijan GP Odds
Monaco GP Odds
Spanish GP Odds
Miami GP Odds
Saudi Arabian GP odds
Australian GP odds
Romagna GP Odds