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MotoGP riders react to ECU offer

“The bikes are very powerful, more than 250 horsepower, so we have to take care of those things” - Jorge Lorenzo.
MotoGP riders would welcome the introduction of a standard ECU, providing it doesn't trigger an escalation in accidents.

That was the verdict given by Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and Alvaro Bautista on Thursday at Aragon, venue for this weekend's 14th round of the World Championship.

Earlier this week it was announced that Magneti Marelli has signed a four-year deal with Dorna to offer all MotoGP teams its 'highest specification' ECU, backed up by technicians, from 2013.

Magneti Marelli already collaborates with Yamaha and Ducati in MotoGP, while Honda uses its own in-house electronics.

The immediate purpose of the ECU 'offer' is to boost the competitiveness of the privateer CRT class, which is struggling with the cost and complexity of acquiring and/or developing a cutting-edge electronics system.

But the move is also viewed as the first step towards a control ECU being made mandatory throughout the MotoGP grid, possibly as early as 2014.

A one-for-all ECU, as used in F1, would in turn clear the way for restrictions to be placed on electronic rider aids - such as launch, traction and wheelie control.

The three remaining manufacturers are against such a move, stressing the significance of electronic freedom in order to develop technology for their road machines.

But the riders were much more supportive of the idea, albeit concerned that slashing the amount of electronic intervention could increase accidents.

“If everyone has the same electronics that would be positive, especially those that don't have the best system now,” began Yamaha's world championship leader Lorenzo.

“I think we have to see if we still have the same safety on the bikes, because now we avoid a lot of highside crashes - riders being thrown up in the air - and maybe with standard electronics the bikes would be more dangerous.

“The bikes are very powerful, more than 250 horsepower, so we have to take care of those things.”

Lorenzo's title rival Pedrosa was also cautious, but pointed out that the standard ECU works well in F1.

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raafrebel - Unregistered

September 27, 2012 10:37 PM

This is the premier class for motorcycle raceing. I dont beleive in the CRT thing. I also dont beleive in control tyres and electronics. This sport is getting rediculas , Its controle everything!! Each team should be allowed to do what ever the can afford!! If the put a cap on spending per year, that would be a better idea. At least them, every team has to develop a bike within a certin budget They do this with other sports such as football. People here might think this is stupid, But hey, Its just a thought......

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