MotoGP » Spec ECU for CRT MotoGP bikes in 2013


“For next year we already ordered an ECU to be used by all the CRT" - Carmelo Ezpeleta.

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kirk66 - Unregistered

July 08, 2012 11:22 PM

Everyone in BSB runs a Spec ECU, right? The AMA is trying to go that route (with resistance). Read the 6 part Superbike Planet piece on what the privatieers think.
This idea will end badly for CRT. It will likely widen the gap not shrink it. While GP bikes advance then CRT will stagnate. If they are going to go Spec then it should be in GP and not CRT. Allow these guys all the motor mods they can afford just like WSBK.
I like the Spec idea but not this way. It's completely backwards from what's needed. Spec ECUs will make the CRT guys look like they are running Moto2 bikes compared to the techno-gadget GP bikes.

Cammyspop

July 09, 2012 1:19 PM

@rick65 It's simple to take an ECU and program it for different cylinder layouts. There are different ways of doing it depending on the ECU type. For example you might have a single crank or cam position sensor which would give you say TDC for cylinder one, in which case you would then just have to tell the ECU the offsets from there to the other three cylinders. Or you could have sensors one for each cylinder. Or if you wanted to over complicate things something telling the ECU exactly where in a revolution the engine was and then tell the ECU at which point in that map each piston hit TDC. There are ECUs on the market which you can program in this way.

It's apparent that the CRT guys are having trouble with their electronics this year, particularly when it comes to traction control. So a unit that already has that sussed would be great. Always assuming Dorna can produce such a unit.

Cammyspop

July 09, 2012 9:34 PM

@kirk66 you are missing the point. At the moment CRT teams are having trouble getting the electronics any where near the standard of the prototypes. What Dorna are proposing is that they produce an ECU to the same standard as that used by the factory teams which the CRT teams can buy.

However I'd be interested to know where Dorna think they are going to source an ECU of such a high standard. I would have said the experts on racing motorcycle ECUs at the moment are Honda, followed by Yamaha, then Ducati - simply because they have the experience. Nobody else has the experience and as such nobody else will be as good.

bikenut

July 11, 2012 10:00 AM

its going to end up like another superbike series or worse, yes the racing is close in moto 2 but there is no technical interest at all, they all run the same engines might as well be a production series (not that there's anything wrong with that....)

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