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GP Week : Issue 180
NEW REGS PROMISE FULL GRIDS Yamaha joins Honda in pledge to supply private teams What the new rules mean The unloved production-based CRT generation is set to disappear at the end of this season, in the wake of high-level agreement between Dorna and the factories to make full-race equipment available to independent teams at affordable prices. The agreement marks victory for Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta, after his threat to switch the premier class to all-CRT bikes if the factories would not cooperate. The first piece of the jigsaw came with a joint announcement by Yamaha and Dorna at Qatar that the manufacturer had contracted to provide four lease engines, allowing privateers to commission their own chassis. Honda had already agreed to supply five RC213V replicas, with a target price of one million Euros. The signing of the new contract automatically activated new technical regulations provisionally announced last November; a result confirmed later in the weekend, by the GP Commission. There were no details of Yamaha’s offer, which may yet extend to a complete machine, or an independently built chassis to Yamaha’s specifications; nor were any prices given. The announcement simply confirmed that Yamaha would offer “an engine lease supply for teams competing in the MotoGP World Championship, in an effort to increase the options of competitive engines in the premier class.” Further details would be available to prospective customers “in the near future” . Should all available Hondas and Yamahas find customers, and should they maintain their four- strong factory-bike teams, this would bring grid numbers up to 17. Add four Ducatis and two Suzukis and it is only one short of the current 24. CRT bikes will become museum pieces – although with a little modification and the release of more engine power the ART Aprilias would almost be eligible for World Superbikes. MOTOGP >>> NEWS New 2014 regulations redefine the current two-tier structure, to close the gap between factory and private entrants. The central platform is use of a control ECU and datalogger system, provided by Dorna. MSMA (factory) teams of up to four riders will be allowed to write their own software, but must race with only 20 litres of fuel, and five engines per year (nine for any new entrants in the first season). The independent teams must use control software and data-logging, but are allowed 24 litres and 12 engines. 3 GPWEEK.com // 3 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: