It won't rank highly among the sporting miracles of 2016, but to predict this time last year that Marc Marquez would waltz his way to a third MotoGP championship would have been bold.
After winning the title as a rookie in 2013 and doubling up the following year, Marquez was given a particularly tough Honda to master in '15. And while he extracted plenty of speed out of it, he crashed the troubled RC213V on plenty of occasions too.
His fortunes improved after reverting to a 2014 chassis mid-season, but there was bad news for Honda on the horizon for 2016: the move from factory-developed electronics to a control, toned-down ECU. If Honda was having trouble getting its engine under control with its own electronics, how would it go with a simplified unit that was designed to reduce the influence of the software?