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03/06/2014 @ 9:07 am, by Emmett 100 COMMENTS

The CRT-replacement class in MotoGP is causing an bigger shake up of the class was expected. The outright speed of the Yamaha at the first two Sepang provoked a testy response Honda, who claimed it was entirely the spirit of the rules.

Then news that Ducati was to switch to an entry. giving them the to develop their engines and use fuel, in exchange for giving up own ECU software.

This provoked an angrier response from Honda team principal Suppo telling the MotoGP.com  that they were with the introduction of the new ECU software Marelli brought to the second test, which was much sophisticated, though it was not used by the

It seems Honda’s complaints not fallen on deaf ears. in an interview with sports daily AS . Dorna CEO Ezpeleta announced that a intermediate category is to be introduced for

The new category, which Ezpeleta ‘Factory 2′, will see Ducati the season under the full regulations: 24 liters of fuel per 12 engines per season, not subject to the development freeze, unlimited and a softer rear tire, in for using the spec championship managed by Magneti Marelli.

should Ducati win a race, or two second-places, or three third-places, they will lose of their advantage. Fuel be reduced from 24 to 22.5 and the engine allocation will be from 12 to 9 engines per season.

The measure is to be adopted as of 11th according to Ezpeleta. The Grand Commission will meet to the new rules, though the FIM, and team association IRTA already given their

Given that this was most likely made in to pressure from the two Japanese still adhering to the Factory regulations, the MSMA are also to approve it.

The proposal will MotoGP with three instead of the existing two. Option: 20 liters of fuel, 5 per season, all engine development and restricted testing, in exchange for the to use and develop their own ECU software.

Open: 24 liters of fuel, 12 per season, engine development and unrestricted, and  a softer rear but forced to use the Magneti Marelli Factory 2: the same as Open, but 22.5 liters of fuel and 9

What is not clear is what restrictions will be placed on 2 teams, whether testing be limited, whether they have access to a softer etc. It is also not clear they will be freed some of the restrictions on the electronics such as the freedom to use their own or sensor packages — at Phillip Ducati ran the full Open electronics package, including Marelli dashboard.

It is also whether the Factory 2 regulations apply to the Forward Yamaha as well, especially as the bike Aleix Espargaro and Colin will be racing is now being as a ‘Forward Yamaha’ in the entry lists. rather the ‘FTR Yamaha’ which it was called.

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It is also unclear whether conditions will be taken account when assessing When the engine allocation were first brought in, an was made for factories which had not had a dry the same logic could be here.

The trigger for the latest over the Open class was the of a new, much more software package brought to 2 by Magneti Marelli. Initial reports  that the new package was basically ECU software, handed over to Marelli.

As Mat Oxley yesterday. however, the new package was not yet in use at the software only being so that the Open class could get used to the way it worked, and it with the 2013 software, was far less complex.

In the interview with AS . Ezpeleta that Magneti Marelli had the for some time. The factories asked in November last to help develop the spec-ECU but Honda and Yamaha refused, said. Ducati agreed, and assistance to the Italian ECU maker.

Marelli then built software based on the input by Ducati, and this was the software at Sepang 2. Ezpeleta was clear on why the was applied. ‘The objective is in the end, everyone will run as entries,’ Ezpeleta told AS .

Source: AS MotoGP.com ; Photo: © Scott Jones / Scott Photography  – All Rights Reserved

article was originally published and is republished here on Asphalt permission by the author.

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