The Jerez test saw the latest stage in ongoing discussions regarding MotoGP rule changes for 2013 and beyond.
MotoGP commercial rights holder Dorna is pushing for major cost reductions, a healthy field of competitive customer bikes and improvements to 'the show'.
The manufacturers agree on the need to cut costs and help the show where possible, but want to ensure there is enough technical freedom for meaningful research and development.
At Jerez it was the turn of the three remaining MSMA members (Honda, Yamaha and Ducati) to hand Dorna its suggestions. Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta told the official MotoGP website:
"[Dorna] put forward a proposal to the manufacturers, some ideas were accepted and others were not, and we now have to study their ideas [delivered at Jerez] so that when we sit down again in Qatar [round one] we can agree on how to make the Championship better, but also in a manner which is economically viable."
Ezpeleta said that the ideas discussed were: “Having a single bike per rider as in Moto2 and Moto3, limiting the number of mechanics per rider, setting a price cap on bikes and deciding that each manufacturer can only have two factory bikes and two satellite bikes, and many other things."
Reports from Jerez suggest that among the "many other things" were the introduction of a rev limit and further restrictions on the number of engine changes (currently six per season for manufacturer bikes).
But there has been little news regarding one of the most important issues - a clear vision of what the new CRT class should become and, related to that, performance 'balancing' between the CRT and full MotoGP prototypes.
“Two factory bikes and two satellite bikes” from each manufacturer is already the situation for 2012, so unless new manufacturers arrive almost half the future MotoGP grid will continue to consist of CRT machines.
For this year's debut CRT season, the superbike-powered privateers will be allowed three litres of extra fuel and the double the number of engine changes, plus some more minor concessions, relative to the factory/satellite bikes.