MotoGP » 2014 MotoGP ECU rules updated

"Each Manufacturer, (including motorcycle manufacturers and chassis manufacturers), can choose to enter up to 4 riders for the season who will participate with “Factory” status"

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July 26, 2013 3:14 PM

@ Nate44

Essentially that is what the factories will be allowed to do & indeed Ducati has already confirmed that they are going to do. In the case of Yamaha they have already confirmed they will be supplying Forward with complete 2014 machines, Forward will however be running the spec ECU so will not be a "factory" team.

The only difference is that any team running these bikes will have to do so using the spec ECU as supplied sealed by DORNA and will not be allowed to produce their own software for it like the factory teams can. These teams can then take advantage

If however for example team X buys the 2013 GP13 Ducati and puts its own software on the ECU they will be classified as a team X factory status and will have to run the reduced fuel amount & lower engine units available.


July 26, 2013 4:14 PM
Last Edited 857 days ago

I cant understand some people!! Motogp is becoming better much more competitive, for me like the hold days, the CRTs where joke bikes with no real capacity, but now this new bikes will make the Grid much more interesting.. This sport like the other motorsports run on MONEY, thats sound sad for one side but the other side is also good because you can buy your performance if you have the money to pay.. Basacly one Team like Forward can become one Top Team they only need to have good riders that CALL for good spornsers and they have to Risk, imagine if Forward is able to beat the Tech 3, 4sure they will start to have more influence on Motogp.. Tech 3 is one Satelite Team that has been surviving very well at Motogp but with no Real Rivals is esay, 2014 will be the year that this satelite Teams will feel the pressure again...

one factory is allways one Factory, but if now insted of CRTS we start to have more Tech 3 and Gresinis or LCRS on the Grid i think it will be a lot better


July 26, 2013 7:25 PM

re: "However further details have been added regarding 'Factory Status', which it now appears can be chosen by any motorcycle or chassis manufacturer rather than restricted to official (factory/satellite) entries by an MSMA (manufacturers association) member."

great, more variables and minutiae to sort through.


July 26, 2013 8:28 PM
Last Edited 857 days ago

I think this confirms Aspar will be running Aprilia engines next year. My understanding of the changes is it will allow Aspar to run an upgraded Aprilia engine with their current ecu software instead of the stock software without Aprilia needing to comit to a full factory team and the cost involved.

As the Aprilia WSB engine is apparently more powerful than the MotoGP engine im sure it can be much quicker next year and should technically count as a new team with the improved engine allocation.

Ducatti should be worried!


July 26, 2013 9:58 PM

Yeah guys I realise these things but even a lease back at a reduced cost a year later because I don't think the weight limit is any difference next year. The biggest thing that needs to change is the 4 bike limit. What do you guys think?


July 26, 2013 11:45 PM

All this stuff does for me is turn over more of the field to the control of the Mfrs.

So... Without INDEPENDENT teams not under the thumb of Honda & Yamaha (so their riders, engines, support, competitiveness etc. ) just how is the status quo going to change. It isn't.

So MotoGP becomes even less of a genuine racing series with racers genuinely racing each other fairly and without manipulation of the outcome. Just GREAT!


July 27, 2013 12:01 AM

CRT worked perfectly, showing the teams that Ezpeleta will carry on without them (esp. Ducati, Aprillia have almost taken their place in finishing order).
Manufacturers realise this and offer proto engines to teams.. perfect.

However i'm sure that although these new rules seem pretty airtight, someone will find a way to exploit them. It is racing after all.

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