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Ezpeleta outlines MotoGP plans

“I want a Moto3-style MotoGP” – Carmelo Ezpeleta.
Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has confirmed that discussions are underway for a standard ECU to be introduced in MotoGP from 2014, when he also hopes more manufacturers will enter the sport.

Dorna, the commercial rights holder for MotoGP, recently inked a deal with Magneti Marelli, which will offer a cutting edge ECU to all teams from next season.

The offer is only likely to be accepted by some of the privateer CRTs, but Ezpeleta confirmed that it could be made compulsory for 2014.

Once all teams are using the same ECU, restrictions on launch, traction and wheelie control can be made - plus a rev limit.

“This idea [of a standard ECU] and other ideas are being discussed for 2014,” Ezpeleta told Spanish sportspaper AS.

“Meetings will be held during the Japanese Grand Prix [October 12-14] and I am optimistic. I also believe that revs will be lowered for 2014 but not for 2013 because those engines are already built.”

Ezpeleta knows that a standard ECU will be resisted by the three remaining manufacturers - Honda, Yamaha and Ducati - but feels there is no alternative.

“The manufacturers say that one of the reasons for racing is to develop technology, especially electronics, and I say that's fine, but now you have to make a break because there is no money. And electronics are the most expensive.”

Ezpeleta confirmed that Suzuki, which withdrew for financial reasons at the end of 2011, is planning a 2014 MotoGP return, but nothing is yet 'concrete'.

Aprilia - which builds bikes for the CRT class - is also said to be contemplating a full prototype entry.

“If we can show that this is not a championship with unlimited costs, more brands will come. I hope in 2014,” he said.

New manufacturers or not, the new-for-2012 CRT class - featuring modified superbike engines in a prototype chassis - will also play a significant role in MotoGP's future.

Tagged as: Honda , Yamaha , Ducati , Dorna

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