MotoGP »

MotoGP to create Factory 2 class?

The 2014 MotoGP World Championship could have three different sets of technical regulations due to the last-minute creation of a new 'Factory 2' class...
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

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.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Pedrosa leads start, Italian MotoGP race, 2013
Eugene Laverty with WRC star Elfyn Evans
Increased run-off areas at Mugello for 2015
Extra run-off at Mugello`s final turn for 2015
Circuit of Wales
Espargaro brothers and Esteve Rabat head for GPA ice race
Alex Millan
Marc Marquez opens new fan club headquarters
MotoGP Xmas Quiz
American Flat Track star Jared Mees during 2014 Superprestigio Dirt Track
Marc Marquez celebrates Superprestigio Dirt Track victory
Marquez, Mees and Noyes on 2014 Superprestigio podium
Jorge Lorenzo to race in Gulf 12 Hours (pic:
Pol Espargaro attends Asean Cup race at Indonesia`s Sentul circuit (pic: Tech 3)
Charity helmet signed by MotoGP stars sets record
Repsol chairman Antonio Brufau with Marc and Alex Marquez (pic: Repsol)

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


March 06, 2014 10:45 AM

There we have it. Carmelo has found yet another way to turn MotoGP into the most ridiculously over regulated sport in the world. Things were just starting to look good for this season too. Something tells me Honda have something to do with this.

© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.