Lorenzo, Rossi: Balance of power will shift

Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi are both convinced that no single manufacturer will dominate the MotoGP landscape in 2016.

The premier-class has shifted from Bridgestone to Michelin tyres, and if the first two tests of the season are anything to go by, the balance of power looks set to shift between the leading teams from race-to-race.

Lorenzo and his Yamaha team-mate Rossi dominated at Sepang, but Honda and Suzuki came back strongly to lead the timesheets at Phillip Island.

“It looks like it’s going to change a lot – the performance of the bikes, of the riders, at each track,” Lorenzo said. “Sometimes we can have advantage at some tracks, at others they will have more problems. We have to understand how we can be more competitive here so we can find the same advantage that we had in Sepang.”

Rossi added: “I think that the balance between the different bikes can change from one track to another.

“For this reason it is important to test at three very different tracks before the start of the championship and it will be very important to have a bike that can adapt from track-to-track.”

The final pre-season test gets under way in Qatar on March 2, at the same track which will host the opening race on March 20.