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Cecchinelli reveals CRT ECU interest

Ioda, Avintia, Forward and PBM to run new MotoGP control ECU system in 2013
MotoGP director of technology, Corrado Cecchinelli, has revealed that four privateer 'Claiming Rule Teams' will take up the offer of using the new Magneti Marelli control ECU system in 2013.

Cecchinelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport that those teams will be: "Ioda, Avintia, Forward Racing and Paul Bird [the new PBM bike, for Micheal Laverty]."

That would mean that the CRTs choosing to stick with their own electronics for a final year will be Aspar (ART), Cardion AB (ART) and Gresini (FTR-Honda) - plus the PBM-run full ART bike for Yonny Hernandez.

Cecchinelli claimed that the ECU, which is to become compulsory from 2014 - with the notable concession that official manufacturer entries will continue to use their own software - costs 50-100,000 Euros and is "already better than what Ducati and Yamaha have."

Ducati and Yamaha both already work with Magneti Marelli for their bespoke MotoGP electronics, while Honda produces its electronics in-house.

As a 'penalty' for being allowed to develop their own software, inside the control ECU hardware, the manufacturer machines - factory or satellite - will face a four-litre fuel penalty relative to the CRTs (or whatever the privateer bikes will be called) in 2014.

Tagged as: Yamaha , ECU , CRT

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January 09, 2013 9:56 AM

@cassyo - you read it wrong. The ECU is compulsory for everyone including Honda from 2014. If a team decides to keep their own software on the control ECU from 2014 then they will face the penalty. As it stands no matter what Honda will not be allowed to use their own hardware. It all seems like another load of complicated interfering. I am just glad I saw GP racing in its hey day when the bikes really were prototypes and we got to see something unsanitised by a commercial committee.

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January 09, 2013 2:40 PM

I really just don't understand, why complicate it so much, the huge cost is the rider aids, ban them, very simple! Even the f1 asked the fans and over 90% said get rid of the driver aids. The really sad thing is the people who come up with this stuff now run wsb. This is are much loved sport, the manufacturers shouldn't have the last word, we should! We buy the bikes and the sponsors products because we love racing. MotoGP is boring and needs fixing but not by complicating it, it needs simplifying. If costs are 2much don't restrict this and restrict that give them a budget cap and give the bikes back to the riders.

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