Valentino Rossi was leading the 2015 MotoGP Championship from the first race to the last. The Italian rode brilliantly and was touted to win his tenth title. Unfortunately, a penalty and tough riding from competitors ruined his final few races costing him the Championship.
During 2016, Rossi will celebrate his 37th birthday and claims there will be no difference in his riding. Valentino Rossi explains that there is not much difference in how 36-year-old or a 37-year-old individual reacts. 'The Doctor' is confident of posing another challenge for his tenth GP Championship.
Jorge Lorenzo won the 2015 MotoGP Championship by five points. Surprisingly, Valentino Rossi only finished three-times off the podium. The Italian finished each and every race and did not have any accidents during the race.
Rossi's contract with Movistar Yamaha expires post-2016 Championship. Whether or not Valentino will extend his contract solely depends on the passion and his desire to race. Lorenzo's contract is also coming to an end next year and he has expressed his wish to ride with Yamaha till he calls it an end.
For 2016, MotoGP officials have changed several rules to make it a level playing field. Bridgestone tyres have made for Michelin tyres which behave differently on MotoGP bikes. An unified ECU system has also been adopted by all manufacturers.