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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