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GP Week : Issue 175
RACING REGS COMPROMISE Factories will stay ... on certain conditions A year of debate and argument was brought to an end at Valencia, with the announcement of new technical regulations for 2014, with the threat of control electronics and a rev limit removed in exchange for further fuel cuts and a promise to supply machines or engines to independent teams. The rules are dependent on contracts for this supply to be finalised by the first race of 2013. The decision came at a crucial GP Commission meeting on Saturday. Dorna won agreement on control electronics ¬– but only for the hardware. Factories will be free to write their own software, but if they do so they must accept a one-litre fuel cut, from the current 21 litres to 20 litres. Those that agree to use control software will get the same 24 litres currently available to CRT teams - a significant 20 percent boost. There is no mention of CRT in the new regulations. The two categories now are MSMA (manufacturer teams) and "other entries". The rules in brief state that use of the supplied ECU and datalogger will be compulsory. Factories continue to be limited to a maximum of four entries. MSMA manufacturers will have a maximum of five engines, except for new teams (or, in the case of Suzuki, returning teams), who will be able to use nine for the first season. Other teams will follow CRT rules, with a maximum of nine engines. Engine development will be frozen from the first race, so that all will have to be sealed with no further improvement for new motors during the year. Most welcomed the news, with MSMA spokesman Takanao Tsubouchi saying: "It's good news - for everybody." MOTOGP >>> NEWS 9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: