This year's MotoGP World Championship could have three
different sets of technical regulations due to the last-minute creation of a new 'Factory 2' class, according to an interview with Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta on AS.com
The 2014 season is presently set to start with just the Factory and new Open class - Open replacing the privateer Claiming Rule Team category.
But Ducati's defection from Factory to Open, in order to avoid increasing restrictions on Factory machine development, looks to have prompted a knee-jerk reaction.
While Honda and Yamaha expected the Open class to be a place for cheaper non-official machines, the only distinction in the technical regulations is ECU software: Unique manufacturer software means Factory class, standard (shared) software means Open class.
In return for using the standard software, Ducati immediately have access to the full range of Open advantages such as extra race fuel, engine changes, a softer rear tyre, no in-season engine development freeze and looser testing regulations.
From Ezpeleta's comments, a Factory 2 class looks set to be created in response to Ducati's move, with machines starting under Open regulations, but having their race fuel and engine changes reduced if they achieve a certain level of top three race results.
Race fuel would be cut from 24 to 22.5 litres and engine changes from twelve to nine. The Factory class limits are 20 litres and five engine changes.
Having recently voiced its concerns at Ducati's class change
, many will assume that Honda is the driving force behind the new development.
Ezpeleta, who insists an Open-style standard ECU for all remains his goal, says the new class will be officially approved on March 11.