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MotoGP Germany: software freeze underway

Honda, Yamaha and Ducati freeze their factory ECU software from German MotoGP
At the conclusion of Sunday's German MotoGP race Honda, Yamaha and Ducati handed over the final sample of their factory ECU software.

This was to enable policing of a software development freeze, requested by the manufacturers themselves as they now switch attention to sharing ideas for the 2016 single ECU.

This ECU will be based on the current Open class system and jointly developed by the three manufacturers racing in 2014 (when the single ECU was agreed), Dorna and Magneti Marelli.

“To speak openly the manufacturers have to freeze their own proprietary software so that they cannot steal the secrets of each other and use them on their own systems this season,” MotoGP director of technology Corrado Cecchinelli told earlier this season.

“They just asked us to put a system in place to police the software freeze. That is our only role.”

Under the supervision of the Technical Director, one ECU was needed from each factory and satellite team at the conclusion of the Sachsenring race, round 9 of 18. This will now be sealed and kept as the sample frozen software for that team.

The freeze only applies to Honda, Yamaha and Ducati with returning manufacturers Suzuki and Aprilia currently not part of the single ECU development.

While the freeze means no new concepts can be introduced to a factory's individual ECU software, the systems already in place have an almost limitless level of set-up adjustment.

Allowing input from the manufacturers was a crucial concession for the introduction of a compulsory single ECU.

If a software modification is unanimously requested by Honda, Yamaha and Ducati then it must be adopted. Likewise the manufacturers must unanimously approve any changes requested by Dorna's ECU development team, with the exception of maintenance or bug fixing.

How easily the three manufacturers can reach unanimous agreement remains to be seen...

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July 14, 2015 11:49 AM

titfortat: I just want this to lead to TC and ABS and all that crap gone, the riders should have to feel their way around the track again. F1 got rid of all that and it was so great to see them lock up and spin again, no longer were they on rails.
So you would like motogp to end up as exciting as F1 is now? No thanks.


July 14, 2015 6:35 PM

BlackMamba99: Apart from all the hype i find Rossi pretty ordinary. Most of his early rivals were mediocre, they were good riders but in no way as good as Marquez or Jorge. Rossi beat Jorge in 2008 and 09? so what? Jorge was still a newcomer back then. I would say the accident in 2010 saved some of his reputation since he would've gotten humiliated by Jorge that year anyway. Rossi used his mind games and friends in Dorna and Press to destroy Stoner's reputation because he knew Stoner could've taken away his crown. I see more Rossi fans moaning about Stoner than Stoner moaning himself.
Sorry dude, Rossi is not ordinary, he is the epitome of MotoGp. He is no angel though, he did pull off some dirty moves on his rivals and seemingly got away with it, due to his charisma and popularity. But I can't deny he was the reason millions of people, me included, took to following this sport! And still he has evolved amidst younger contenders and look to be in pole posi

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