Performance of Open class machines in pre season testing prompts re-visit of new rules
MotoGP series owners DORNA is on the brink of introducing a new 'Factory 2' class for this year's World Championship with reports rife that a backlash has already come from the official Factory teams arising out of the performance of Open class teams in pre-season tests this year.
Within the new rules teams competing in the MotoGP class will either be deemed 'Factory' or 'Open' teams with a number of regulations on each class. The tipping point for the Factory teams was when Ducati received an updated Magneti Marelli software program while the Bologna based team has stated that any Open team is able to request the update.
However, now it looks likely that the third 'Open 2' class will be introduced. This new class will see any team that starts off in the Open class moved into the third class if they achieve three third places, two second places or one win. If an Open class team achieves any of these results then it will have its fuel per race cut from 24 to 22.5 liters and engine allowance from twelve to nine. Ezpeleta is expecting to have the new class approved next week.