MotoGP Weight & ECU Updates for 2015

September 15, 2014
Courtesy of MotoGP
The Grand Prix Commission has announced two technical regulation changes which will take effect in 2015. First is a reduction in the minimum weight of the machines, down two kilograms from 160 kg to 158 kg. The second regards the switch to spec software, called “unified software” in the press release. Manufacturers will be able to continue development on their own packages until June 30, 2015, but after that any significant changes will be frozen, the GPC allowing for “minor bug fixes that might affect safety” only. After the freeze takes effect, teams will start development on the 2016 unified software. Teams new to the grid in 2015, like Aprilia and Suzuki, will be able to refine their own systems through the entire season and may be given the chance to work with the unified package as well. The full press release announcing the changes is included below. – MotoUSA Ed

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA) in the presence of Javier Alonso (Dorna) and Mike Trimby (IRTA, Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held on 13 September 2014 in Misano, made the following decisions:

Technical Regulations
Effective 2015

Minimum Weights of MotoGP Class Machines
The minimum weight of a 1,000 cc machine will be reduced by 2 kg. from 160 kg. to 158 kg.
It was also agreed that this matter would be reviewed during 2015 to consider the possibility of a further reduction of 2 kg for 2016.

Development of Unified Software for the MotoGP Class
It was confirmed that current manufacturers will be permitted to use and develop their own software up until 30th. June 2015. After that date manufacturers will not be permitted to update their software except for minor bug fixes that might affect safety.

From 1 July 2015 current manufacturers will switch their development program to the 2016 unified software. It is the intention that this software will be based largely on the current software used by the open category machines.

Manufacturers not currently participating may continue to use and develop their own software throughout 2015 but may also be invited to participate in the development of the unified software.

Detailed technical regulations concerning the use of certified sensors and other devices were also approved.
A regularly updated version of the FIM Grand Prix Regulations which contains the detailed text of the regulation changes may be viewed shortly on:
http://www.fim-live.com/en/sport/official-documents-ccr/codes-and-regulations/