GP Commision on Spec ECU and Factory 2

March 18, 2014
Byron Wilson
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The Grand Prix Commission has issued a decision regarding MotoGP class rules from the 2014 season onward. The immediate change squashes the third, “Factory 2” class Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta alluded to during a recent interview with web TV company AS TV, but retains the handicaps levied against teams that would have fallen within the “Factory 2” classification.

Here’s the clause provided by the FIM which explains the details: “a Manufacturer with entries under the factory option who has not achieved a win in dry conditions in the previous year, or new Manufacturer entering the Championship, is entitled to use 12 engines per rider per season (no design freezing), 24 liters of fuel and the same tires allocation and testing opportunities as the Open category. This concession is valid until the start of the 2016 season.”

Any factory team that falls into such a category will see its entitlements stripped should it achieve “a race win, two second-places or three podium places in dry conditions during the 2014 season.” The first move will be to reduce fuel-load to 22 liters. If the same factory team goes on to score three race wins in 2014, its right to use the softer option tires will be lost. “Reduced concessions will apply to the remaining events of the 2014 season and the whole of the 2015 season.”

Also announced is the news that the Championship ECU and software will be mandatory starting in 2016. The release states that “all current and prospective participants in the MotoGP class will collaborate to assist with the design and development of the Championship ECU software.

“During the development of the software a closed user website will be set up to enable participants to monitor software development and to input their suggested modifications.”

The 2014 MotoGP season starts in less than a week at Losail Circuit in Qatar.


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