Posted: 18 Mar 2014
The Grand Prix Commission has finalised the MotoGP regulations for the 2014/15 season just two days before the season is scheduled to get underway in Qatar. It’s also been announced that a single specification ECU will be mandatory for all MotoGP entries from 2016.
Doubt was thrown over the regulations as Ducati opted to enter the 2014 championship in the ‘Open Class’ to make use of the various concessions offered, including no freeze on engine development and extra fuel allowance. This drew criticism from both other factories and open teams with concerns the move would give Ducati an unfair advantage, forcing MotoGP bosses to propose new regulations in case the Bologna Factory achieves considerable success.
The commission, composed of Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director), Herve Poncheral (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), unanimously voted in favour of the regulations, which ratifies a version of the ‘Factory 2’ regulations proposed by Dorna last week.
The regulations allow for Ducati to compete in the open class and stipulate should the manufacturer achieve a win, two second places or three third places then its open class fuel concession would be reduced to 22 litres rather than 24.
There is no mention of the proposed reduction in the number of engines allowed per season but should Ducati achieve three wins in the 2014 season, they would also lose the right to use the soft tyres available to open class entries, with any concessions applied remaining in place until the end of 2015.
Under these rules, Ducati remains a factory entry in 2014 but is permitted to use the open class concessions after not having achieved victory in dry race conditions in the last year.
The full regulation:
1. The Championship ECU and software will be mandatory for all entries with effect from 2016.
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 web site will be set up to enable participants to monitor software development and to input their suggested modifications.
2. With immediate effect, 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 litres of fuel and the same tyres allocation and testing opportunities as the Open category. This concession is valid until the start of the 2016 season.
3. The above concessions will be reduced under the following circumstances:
Should any rider, or combination of riders nominated by the same Manufacturer, participating under the conditions of described in clause 2 above, achieve a race win, two second places or three podium places in dry conditions during the 2014 season then for that Manufacturer the fuel tank capacity will be reduced to 22 litres. Furthermore, should the same Manufacturer achieve three race wins in the 2014 season the manufacturer would also lose the right to use the soft tyres available to Open category entries.
In each case the reduced concessions will apply to the remaining events of the 2014 season and the whole of the 2015 season.