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 27, 2013 6:22 AM

All the rules are doing are allowing for more lease arrangements were the current manufacturers will lease less powerful engines to privateers and not actually aid in making the series anymore competitive.
What needs to be done is increase the engine limit and reduce the electronics increase the tyre options enter pirelli and michillin and not allow any one off or special tyres.
What is needed is more manufacturers to enter not providing inferior machinery to privateers. Clearly the engine limit is why Suzuki hasn't come back into GP yet as the r&d costs involved is the limiting factor that made them delay there comeback till 2015.
Privateers lack the bargaining power no matter what type of funds they have otherwise they would become the factory teams sponsor, and will always end up with inferior machinery and support.


July 27, 2013 10:51 AM

Why would anybody want to buy/lease a Ducati GP13 and run with the standard ECU/software??? The bike is just not competitive now with the full factory software so you would have to be crazy to part with your hard-earned wonga on one of these!!! I'm thinking of painting my Briggs & Stratton red and offering it for sale. It would probably do better!


July 27, 2013 12:50 PM

Only time will tell if this leads to fuller grids with better racing.


Could I just point your memories back a few years to when the last time this kind of arrangement was allowed by the rules.

Remember the Roberts KRV ( Not the V3 that they used when the rules banned leased engines). Honda RSV5 990 engines in a Roberts designed & built chassis and Roberts electronics. Not only were these bikes ***** fast but they often won races beating the factory Repsol bikes in the process.

Done right these new rules could be amazing but lets be honest anything is better than the dwindling grids we had before the introduction of CRT

Big T .

July 28, 2013 8:41 AM

"Remember the Roberts KRV ( Not the V3 that they used when the rules banned leased engines). Honda RSV5 990 engines in a Roberts designed & built chassis and Roberts electronics. Not only were these bikes ***** fast but they often won races beating the factory Repsol bikes in the process"

The KRV5 never won a race.


July 29, 2013 4:20 AM

All we need now is DORNA to rule that, to be eligible to run in the world championship, any engine manufacturer must make a nominal number of homologated and sealed engines available for customer teams to purchase at a pre-determined price. The technology playing field will be levelled and the only difference between factory status and the rest will be the ECU program and obviously the penalty for having your own program which is less fuel and rebuilds. The key is to not only have everyone running the same engine technology but to also limit the cost of each engine, if this means that engines are developed slower (ie. homologated and unchanged for the entire season) then it's still worth it i reckon.


July 29, 2013 9:11 PM

Dorna actually got something right with CRT. These bikes proved it was possible to have good independent professional teams actually racing.

But dumb small minded fans focused purely on the fact a CRT wasn't as fast as a full factory bike from the off slagged CRT.

If CRT style machinery and rules had been rolled out across the board instead of this nonsense (which means factory's now control the field) and created a top class international field with no factory status and advantages permitted (Moto1?) then we might be enjoying watching VR etc. having to battle the whole field not just 3 other bikes streets ahead of the rest.

I keep saying it. Factory involvement and control with Dorna weakness and mismanagement has wrecked MotoGP. It has no credibility as a racing series now.


July 30, 2013 12:16 AM

I absolutely agree Talentfan, but DORNA can only go two ways to level the playing field, one is to have homologated engines at a nominal price available for everybody or the other is to "dumb down" the technology to restrict performance to what is attainable by heavily modifying a production engine.


July 30, 2013 12:52 AM
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What is really going to be funny is if the Spec ECU works almost as well as the factory's. Then with the extra fuel, it puts them over the top. Remember it is going to be a very adjustable unit, it has to be.
Any bets the Ducati works better with the Spec ECU? That really is not a reach........

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