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Why the door was left Open for

Dorna’s Open plan is to get all the using their software to MotoGP racing closer and Open this, Open Open the other; that was all was talking about at Sepang week.

Aleix Espargaró the test at the sharp end and ahead of of the four Factory-spec Yamahas on his YZR-M1. It will be a huge to have Espargaró battling up putting a few factory noses out of

The even bigger deal at was Ducati deciding it’s no a factory team but is instead an team. Honda and Yamaha are about this because the point of the Open regs was to poorer privateer teams a hand, not to help one factory the others.

That was the spirit of the rules, but Ducati’s new chief Gigi Dall’Igna knows racing isn’t about it’s about winning: you the rule book, you exploit it to advantage and who cares if your hate you?

The big question, of is why weren’t the Open regulations to prevent any renegade factory exploiting them? It would been an easy clause to Well, the truth is that no was included entirely on purpose and to leave the door wide

And somehow the Japanese never someone had left the door in the wind.

The reality is that want everyone – factories – running Open bikes as as possible, which is why they building more and more into the Open regulations.

“We dangled all these carrots the intention of getting the factories to consider changing to Open running the Dorna software,” MotoGP Race Director Webb.

“Our ideal is that they will add it all up and say what they want to do what we want is all the bikes on the running under one set of rules. two classes [Open and Factory] the MotoGP class was never our it’s just one step the road.”

The attraction of the Open

It was a no-brainer for Ducati to go Open. The four litres of fuel and the to use softer tyres are largely What really matters is the they get on with engine and testing.

Factory teams are allowed five engines to last 18 sealed at the start of the season, means zero engine This is a cost-cutting measure, to development.

Under Open Ducati can use 12 engines, but more their engines aren’t and they can adjust bore and (banned in the Factory regs), so can turn up at pretty much race with an entirely new if they want.

Factory are also severely restricted on again to reduce costs. teams are not, so Ducati can Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso around in circles day after day day, evaluating different different electronics and different

So Ducati may be able to make a few worth of progress in just a few And that’s great news for whatever the other factories

At Sepang there were of “conspiracy!” when Magneti delivered a major new software to the Open teams, just before Dovizioso and Crutchlow due to test the GP14 under spec for the first time. And both riders lapped close to the Factory-spec lap times, were gasps up and down pit wow, the new software must be good.

But neither the Ducati riders nor any Open riders used the software at Sepang. They had the new loaded into their but only running in background while the bikes were by the final version of the 2013 software.

And this is where it complicated. During the offseason told Magneti Marelli to their software to help the bikes get closer to the factory and to tempt the factories to go Open.


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The problem is that the latest is too complex for the poorer Open who may only have one electronics who’s less knowledgeable the numerous highly qualified electronics boffins. Thus is a safety issue here: a programmed 210mph MotoGP can be a very dangerous thing.

“We’ve had meetings with the teams and some said, not ready for the new software, we don’t enough people,” Webb “At some point they’ll back to us and say, yeah, we can it, or no, we’re going to have to its capabilities. Within reason the new has to be … proof.”

The aim of allowing teams to run the new software in background is to help them learn how it and how to programme it. Only once Open teams can cope the new system will the decision be to go ‘live’. That may happen in or it may happen much later in the

Although some of the poorer are scratching their heads, the Open software is already its other job: showing the factory teams that it a million miles away their own – and therefore softening outright opposition to control

“Now the factories are prepared to about using the control whereas before it was: ‘no not interested!’” adds Webb. great thing is that all the now have bikes running the software (i.e. the Ducatis, Honda’s RCV1000R and Yamaha’s M1s) so it’s no longer an to them, which is a game

“We’ve now got guys from Yamaha and Ducati giving to Magneti Marelli, which is one the latest upgrade is such an step towards what the use.”

The upshot of all this is MotoGP may (hallelujah!) cease to be a series with two different of technical regulations before when the next full rewrite was expected. Having two kinds of bike competing in the race is always bad.

is not happy with Ducati the Open rules

“We’ve negotiating, very slowly, towards where we want to says Webb. “If all the factories to go to Open rules, then will all be Open, that’s

That won’t happen year, because the deadline for to go Open has already passed, but it happen in 2015. And then can get busy turning down the

“The dilemma is that we to show this software is but how far do we go, because the final target is to things down (with an rpm and get the electronics to a more simple For example, we want to see traction back what it used to be: a aid, not a performance aid.

“There is no doubt that our are too fast. They don’t fit on the anymore – we already need runoff everywhere! So we have to it less easy to turn on the we need to slow down the top and we need to slow down the lap

Open surely has to be the way to go: cheaper, and safer racing. How long Honda and Yamaha can’t Dorna’s carrots?

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