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MotoGP tweaks testing rules, clarifies 'factory’ teams

Five days of private MotoGP testing in 2014, two rider factory team limit remains in place
MotoGP manufacturers will be able to hold a maximum of five days of private testing with their race riders, from next season.

“Manufacturers are permitted to nominate one circuit at which they may test with their contracted riders for a maximum of five days during the season,” said an FIM statement, following the latest meeting of the Grand Prix Commission at Indianapolis.

“This will enable them to develop and test new technology with their principal riders in a private test environment.”

The Commission also clarified the format of factory teams in MotoGP next year, after speculation - following a previous announcement - that the present two-rider factory team limit could be abandoned.

The FIM has clarified that this is not the case and that the format of two factory team riders, plus two satellite team riders, will continue - albeit with allowances for the new privateer machinery, running the full standard ECU system.

"Manufacturers will be permitted to make two direct “Factory” specification entries in their own team and to lease Factory specification machinery for a further two [satellite] entries.

"They may now also lease machinery for additional entries. These machines will run under the non-Factory [privateer] regulations for the class."

The Commission also announced that Yamaha test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga will have a wild-card ride at Motegi.

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August 22, 2013 11:59 AM

Its about time (and maybe not worded strongly enough) but finally a journalist in the know has spoken up about the rules mess that is MotoGP, and follows much of my thoughts posted here often. Thank you Michael Scott! I got home from work and read his article in this weeks MCN. Finally someone really involved in MotoGP has come out and actually pointed out the royal mess and multi-tiered hash that is MotoGP, and that the factories making customer bikes just means more 'less competitive' bikes and more control of the field by Factory Teams. As MS says - the Mfrs aren't about to allow a 12-engined customer bike with 24 litres to have ANY chance of embarrassing their full factory efforts. So its all a rigged farce and getting worse. Perhaps now someone well-respected has said it people will sit up & pay attention. BT Sport - you just bought a pup. Dorna have flogged you a soap-opera billed as a competitive race series, & you fell for it.


August 22, 2013 1:39 PM

Hmmm, appears that some on here think theres problems on the Motogp farm, funny how 'Gone Fishing' was cut down for saying the same thing only difference was he IS in the know as oppose to us

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