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HRC's Suppo questions Ducati MotoGP Open class switch

Repsol Honda team principal Livio Suppo has called into question Ducati's switch from Factory to Open class status for 2014, saying that if there are now works teams in the non-works class, and able to complete engine development work, the cost-savings of Open class look to be null and void....

Published on March 6 2014, 18:09
Source: www.bikesportnews.com
 

From 2014 onwards, all teams are presented with the option to run under either 'Factory Option' or 'Open' regulations, with the latter allowing entrants to run more fuel and modify engines during the season, but while obliging competitors to compete with the standard ECU software as provided by... 

The CRT-replacement Open class in MotoGP is causing an even bigger shake up of the class than was expected. The outright speed of the Forward Yamaha at the first two Sepang tests provoked a testy response from Honda, who claimed it was entirely against the spirit of the rules. Then came news... 

As expected, Ducati has unveiled an updated version of the Diavel power cruiser today at the Geneva Motor Show, during Volkswagen's presentation. Expected to hit dealerships from April onwards, the 2015 Ducati Diavel features a Testastretta 11° DS engine, a new exhaust system, and a new full-LED... 

With Ducati having elected to switch to racing as an Open entry in the MotoGP class, it is time for a quick refresher course on the rules. Below is a primer on the key differences between racing as an Open entry and racing as a Factory Option entry, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.... 

The Dutch TT at Assen looks like being a very busy few days for everyone looking for a ride next year. The end of June has been earmarked as a deadline for all sorts of negotiations, from rider contracts to bike projects. Decisions will be made and contracts - or at least letters of intent -... 

The Dutch TT at Assen looks like being a very busy few days for everyone looking for a ride next year. The end of June has been earmarked as a deadline for all sorts of negotiations, from rider contracts to bike projects. Decisions will be made and contracts – or at least letters of intent –... 

Yamaha have today announced that they have signed a five-year deal with Spanish teleco company Movistar to act as title sponsor for the factory Yamaha team. The deal will see Movistar branding appear prominently on fairings, leathers, team uniform, team trucks, etc, and the team be called...