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“Entries in the MotoGP class must specify which category each rider will participate under, Open category or Factory option, by the 28 February”

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shamarone

January 25, 2014 8:56 AM

re: "Riders entered under the Factory Option by a new manufacturer participating for the first time (ie. a manufacturer not competing as an MSMA manufacturer in 2013) will be limited to 9 engines per season for the first year of the manufacturer's participation,”

and there it is. if we don't have a rule that fits, we'll make one. by the powers vested in me, I hereby dub thee the "Suzuki Rule".

it ain't 12, but again, it's a damn sight better'n 5.

ProfessorX

January 25, 2014 6:36 PM

More like Repsol Rule :) (2013), after all Repsol did push Honda to the control tire, which virtually sealed the fate of Casey Stoner, Rossi and Marquez.

"control" its what it's really about. So when you hear people on tv saying control is good, traction control is safe, for your safety (sound familiar?) or the control tire is fair (social justice?) you know what's really going on.

Southerner

January 26, 2014 11:43 AM

Its really a 'no brainer' for Ducati. When you have hit rock bottom there is only one way to go and that is up. The cheapest and best solution is 'open'. Screamer engines x 12 and spec ECU. Its not like the ECU is an issue for them. Their straight line speed was dismal last season. That was a huge issue. The wobbly front end was not half as much a problem,but rank and file bow down to the mass mind.

DuqueDomocos

January 26, 2014 1:14 PM

This whole scenario is utter rubbish. Because there are not enough prototype bikes to hold a proper MotoGP event, we fans have to put up with a mix n' match event full of different spec bikes racing in (at least) two different categories and also running on different spec tires.

Control ECU, limited fuel, limited engines, limited testing, limited tires, limited to single tire manufacturer, limited new engine development period/freeze - this series should be called 'MotoGP Limited'.

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