Several important changes to the MotoGP rules – specifically engine, concession and software regulations – were announced by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), MotoGp’s governing agency, a few weeks ago. Click through for details.
The FIM said it plans to standardize the engine control unit (ECU) used in both the Open and MotoGP racing bikes from 2016 on. Since both classes will be using the same engine control software after converting to the new ECU, both will be subject to a single set of rules for engine electronics.
As of now, the ECU used for the motorcycles in the Open class will be used as the standard for both Open and MotoGP racers. MotoGp’s three leading manufacturers-Honda, Ducati and Yamaha-have from July of this year until the end of 2016 to submit any changes to the ECU rules they would like to make for approval by the FIM. If they’re given the green light to make those changes, the manufacturers will be able to make them, but have to shoulder the cost. This seems to favor manufacturers who can afford to pay to upgrade their bikes, as ones with less financial resources will have to use the standard ECU without the option to lobby for changes.
In 2016, racers are allowed seven engines instead of five per rider for the entire season. The new rules also limit bikes to 22 liters of fuel per race. Companies receiving concessions like extra fuel per race (24 instead of 22 liters), extra testing time on tracks and looser tire requirements are subject to a points system. The more you win, the more points you get and the less leeway you receive.