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Control ECU will go ahead in MotoGP 2014, testing loophole removed to avoid repeat of this year's private Austin test.

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Tetley

April 10, 2013 1:22 PM

The Fuel penalty for factories using their own ECUs appears excessive. I am surprised that Honda and Yamaha agreed to such a reduction in fuel allowance AND to 5 engines versus twelve engines per season.
I have previously suggested that by limiting the number of sensors per bike ( and thereby reducing the parameters that ECU's can control ) would be a far more effective method of controlling costs and reducing the technology gap between the various teams. I can't see any downsides to this solution- I wonder if Dorna and the factories have considered this ?

Jack - Unregistered

April 10, 2013 4:19 PM

I do apologize for the insulting comment, bad day and all.

A way to look at it is this, the manufacturers are there for various reasons, such as brand promotion and testing of new parts. When the manufacturers get bored, they WILL leave. This causes the grids to dwindle.

On the other hand, the teams such as Avintia, PBM, Forward racing, they will always be there. They have one purpose, and that is to go racing. Thousands of people employed for that simple reason. Not brand promotion and not testing the factories toys.

This is the idea that DORNA is trying to move towards, an example being the 'Suzuki have to join an existing team' rule. Because when Suzuki pull out, the 2 rider team that fielded their bikes will simply switch to different bikes, keeping the grid sizes and competition up.

All these things are a gradual process that need to take place to better the sport.

prof-x - Unregistered

April 10, 2013 7:52 PM

this is the rule makers being more important than the sport itself. Its whats wrong with F1 and will probably become of WSBK. Best thing to do is stop paying for the pleasure, vote with your money, spend your time actually riding a bike or buying some new tires, a chain, some better springs, etc... It's all about entertaining the masses with these rich people, its not about the sport, thats why the commentators talk up the drama and ignorance, to keep the stupid people interested, because they will act the most irrationally when it comes to their time and money, and thats what sponsors like :)

prof-x - Unregistered

April 10, 2013 7:56 PM

Spec ECUs will not change anything, the guys with the best techs and data will still be ahead because will be able to use it the most effectively (Traction Control)

If Dorna/FIM/... were really interested in reducing costs they would let in other tire suppliers (save money for manufactures building bike around one tire which would only ever suite a particular build type) and get rid of Traction Control. Getting rid of TC will get rid of the costs for the techs, the gadgets and give the fans the opportunity to see the real pilots who dont need TC to get the bike in order.

Tiburcio - Unregistered

April 10, 2013 10:52 PM

I really dont get it! What´s with all the rules changing and adding?!? One thing that is surely needed is stability in the rules! Also i just cant stop thinking about this same topic on last years season, when Rossi was struggling at Ducati the test ban was lifted, and all of a sudden the ban is immediately in effect!?! I think that this is a good way of hampering an already struggling from getting some good results, because if they cannot test how the hell are they supposed to get into contention?!?

tiburcio - Unregistered

April 10, 2013 10:55 PM

The control ECU wont change the competition too much!
It will lower the costs for sure, but if history is anything to go by the teams with more money will always have access to the best riders, and mechanics, so it will be the same !

Raafrebel

April 11, 2013 2:26 AM

The only rule there should be is a weight limit and a engine size limit.
then, you should be free to do what every it takes to win.
This is the pinicle of motorcycle racing , and the factories and teams should be allowed to do what ever they can do to win.
It even gives the little teams a chance. Look at the Britton bike. Developed by 1 man and unbeatable. Shame the man passed on, other wise he would be here in Moto gp too!
Dorna is ruining this sport.
Just a little off toplic, Dorna should have paid for all the teams to test at circut of america, they have heaps of money. Open the gates to the public for testing and you would get people like me paying to go watch.

TalentFan

April 11, 2013 8:24 AM

Don't ppl get that the sport has been ruined by the Mfr's having free rein? Its now a chequebook championship, not a proper competitive sport where riders have the same shot at it. 4 fast bikes ain't a WC - its a rideout.

Dorna have to wrest control back from the Mfr's to be able to get proper racing - so the chequebook doesn't win so easily. CRT's aren't a joke, they are properly fast, sophisticated racing motorcycles. They just look like a joke next to a factory bike with a budget 100's of times bigger.

TalentFan

April 11, 2013 8:35 AM

Racing needs entrants. Entering teams need affordable costs and the real chance to compete, so they can get sponsors. Not even other Mfr's want to enter MGP now, as they know HRC & Yam have all the advantages.

I'd like to see the Teams stuck to a control ECU, limit the sensors and ability of the ECU, and make the teams submit 1 fixed, unalterable Map for the event.
Introduce a sensible rev ceiling that means that super-exotic pneumatic valves aren't needed - so engines are MUCH cheaper and so are the electronics. Carbon brakes - ditch then too, they & pneumatic valves are a dead-end anyhow.

Then no need for a fuel limit, as the tech-spec limits & rev-limit mean that exotic materials & an army of tech geeks are unnecessary. Then teams can go RACING - and the Mfr's being there or not won't matter!

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