MotoGP To Use Control ECU Starting 2016

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MotoGP Control ECU

Following our story about a third category being added to this year’s MotoGP series, race organizers have now confirmed this week that all entrants will run the same control ECU from 2016.

There has been a long debate amongst the teams about the current situation of engine electronics with Honda threatening to leave the series if a mandatory series-issued system were to be introduced.

However, at a FIM Grand Prix Commission meeting held in Qatar this week all team representatives finally agreed that a control ECU will be introduced from the start of the 2016 season. It was also agreed that all current entrants and prospective entrants for the 2016 MotoGP series would assist with the design and development of the new software.

However, this does not immediately solve the current situation with Ducati pulling out of the MotoGP’s top category – Factory 1 – for this year after developing an ECU system with Magneti Marelli.

This effectively forced MotoGP organizers to rush to create a Factory 2 class with different fuel limits, access to more engines and the ability to develop engines during the course of the season. However, Ducati and all non Factory 1 entrants will start the 2014 MotoGP season in the Open class, which was originally designed as a lower-cost option for independent teams running the same ECU.

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  • Samushko L Tangerine

    Could you imagine what it would be like if the team with the fastest bike and the best rider were to win the race? Wouldn’t that be crazy?

    • TechGuy5489

      Realistically speaking? Expensive. That’s the whole problem here. You want Sundays to be more than Honda vs Yamaha but no one else has the money to compete with them.

      • Samushko L Tangerine

        I know but this is MotoGP, it’s not the Belgian Supersport championship, these teams are allowed to have budgets. Dorna is literally changing the rules every week.

        • Bluesceyes

          …per Honda.

      • Piglet2010

        As part of the VW group, Ducati should have a potentially larger budget than Yamaha.

    • juliansr

      Can you imagine what it would be like if there were no equipment regulation whatsoever and there were suddenly factory turbo bikes vs the field of
      low budget homegrown machines…you wouldn’t even need to watch to know the finishing order. In the 70′s open fields made sense, but now the power technology has moved way beyond cam profiles a jet kit and porting. Expensive engineering can win races and so I see why Dorna wants to keep paces
      closer and prices lower..setting some ground rules is good entertainment.

      I think it would be most exciting to see a field of the same spec bike with riders being the differentiating factor. Obviously that’s a no-go for every factory.

  • Hooligan

    Dorna fiddles as MotoGP burns.

  • Alonzo

    Is Tim the only guy over at Rideapart now? Haven’t seen any storyies from anyone else but damn Tim has been cranking them out ! Good job man

    • Scott T

      It’s @ a 500 word article though, on two pages!

      • Doug Herbert

        The articles have been short, but at least they have been about motorcycles. The quality is better than it was a few weeks / a month ago. I’m starting to enjoy rideapart again.

    • James

      I always enjoyed wes’ articles.

      • Piglet2010

        Wes who?

    • http://turnerart.la/ Justin Turner

      Watson On: Everything

  • Jeromy

    Can someone explain what the big deal is with using the same ECU? I mean I know what an ECU is and does, but I have not seen anyone explain why a standard unit is so much worse than a proprietary one. Too me (pardon my ignorance) this seems to be equivalent to arguing between a Sears wrench vs a Craftsman wrench. Or in other words, aren’t they the same thing just made by different people?

    • TechGuy5489

      Ever dealt with the electronics on a MV bike? All ECUs are not created equally.

      Spec software eliminates another area of competition between teams.

      • runnermatt

        From what I read MV Agusta fixed the fueling on their bikes with a software update last year. There are two parts to electronic controls: software and hardware. Both can have significant impacts, but software is much easier to change to make corrections.

    • juliansr

      Like you assume, It probably wont be as big a limit as it is made out to be, but there are, for example, faster microprocessors or the ability to gather additional telemetry from the bike and incorporate that into the fueling to create anything from traction-control-like fuel cuts or on the fly remapping to take advantage of weather changes. Also, and this may be less relevant in some cases, but some teams are developing road bikes based loosely on these factory racers (R1 for example) and this may force development of a second set of control electronics during R&D for the road bike.

  • Jack Meoph

    Put all those lames (every class) on 2fiddys, run what ya brung, with a field of 75 (everyone qualifies to get into the race), race for 2 hours with pitstops, and let the mayhem commence.