This weekend will be the debut of Ducati’s latest premier-class racing arsenal as well as Dorna’s new MotoGP classification structure under the lights of Qatar. The new class buckets are Factory, Factory 2 and Open.
The Factory arena will be for teams willing to develop and maintain 100% prototype machines with proprietary software and limited engines over the course of the season as well as limited fuel for each race. The Open end of the paddock will mainly be comprised of satellite teams supplied with spec software provided by race officials but will be allowed more engines during the season and fuel over the course of each race.
Dorna made a last minute addition to this breakdown by adding a Factory 2 class which will be for teams who begin to dominate the Open field. Any team that wins one race, lands two second place finishes or takes three third places in the Open class will be limited to nine engines from 12 and 22.5 liters of fuel from 24 for the remainder of the season. Additionally, it has been announced that all teams will be restricted to spec software in 2016 so the days of Wild West software development are coming to an end.
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