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GP Week : Issue 151
Threats by Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta of major technical rule changes for next year have been put on hold, with promised co-operation from the factories and early success of the CRT generation taking the heat off the plans. At the last GP at Valencia last year, Ezpeleta put a deadline of June this year for agreement on major cost-cutting changes, to be implemented as soon as 2013. Proposals included a control ECU, a rev limit, a budget cap and one bike per rider for MotoGP. Some might be introduced next year, but major changes will not come now until 2015, FIM president Vito Ippolito told GPWEEK. IRTA president Hervé Poncharal confirmed that threats had receded as the factories and racing management sought common ground: “The situation is confusing,” he said. “But what was said at Valencia is no longer the case.” The factories had invested heavily in the current generation of 1000cc bikes, and they would be able to race them under more or less current regulations for 2013 and 2014, said Poncharal. “The objective now is for new rules for 2015 that will be the same for everybody – there will be no more dual category of factory bike and CRT,” he said. Takanao Tsubouchi, spokesman for the MSMA (manufacturers’ association) explained that continuing discussions were leading towards a more reasoned solution. “The objective of Dorna and the manufacturers is the same, but the time scale is different. We need time to adjust to big changes,” he said. The one-bike rule would possibly be adopted, he said, although it was still under discussion. but bigger changes would have to wait. Production-based CRT bikes were introduced to build up grid numbers, while threats to bring in swingeing further cost-cutting regulations were interpreted as a threat to future factory involvement. This threat seems to have receded, with Suzuki continuing with plans to return in 2014 BIG RULE CHANGES PUT OFF UNTIL 2015 A4 Advert - A_Layout 1 13/03/12 03:32 Page1 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> NEWS