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Softer privateer tyre unconfirmed for 2014

The chance to use a softer specification of Bridgestone rear tyre, available for the CRT riders this year, is yet to be confirmed for the revised 2014 privateer MotoGP class.

The softer rear is not a new type of tyre, but simply a softer compound than those offered to the manufacturer riders from Honda, Yamaha and Ducati at each race.

The option was introduced to suit the lower power output of the CRT machines and has been hailed as perhaps the most significant factor in helping the leading privateer riders challenge the slower official machines this season - especially in qualifying.

But new privateer bikes from Honda, Yamaha and possibly Ducati will become available next year and, when asked if the softer rear will continue, Bridgestone stated that nothing is yet confirmed with “discussions still ongoing between Bridgestone, Dorna and the FIM.”

The main privateer perks already confirmed for next year are the increase in fuel per race (a rise from three to four litres more than factory entries) and the difference in engine changes per season (twelve instead of five, as at present).

However all of the privateers must use the full control ECU system from 2014, while the current 'claiming rule', aimed at controlling privateer costs and technology, will be abolished.

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August 01, 2013 12:09 AM

Now it's a blatent handicapping system. Ride too fast and you'll get harder tyres with less grip, while the slower riders get tyres with more grip. All control tyre varaints should be freely available to all teams, not some teams getting access to different tyres to increase the entertainment value.....


August 04, 2013 5:35 PM
Last Edited 1448 days ago

thats why you run OEM ECU's (where competitors can open them up and inspect them on their own time) standardized wiring harnesses (limit sensor integration) and dont allow single manufacturers to have too much hold over particular technical aspects of a class. Electronics have come a long way, but forcing people to work with consumer electronics means it can limit the feasibility of having to manufacturer so many high end ecu's. & then though, making the ECU public allows for scrutiny. I personally believe tires in MotoGP should be 'opened' up and more than one manufacturer should be building in order to maintain quality control.

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