MotoGP 2012: regulations modifications approved
MotoGP 2012: regulations modifications approved

In the last Dutch GP, between sanction and sanction, it seems that the bosses of the MotoGP World Championship had time to meet to talk about the regulations that will apply in MotoGP in 2013. Despite the fact that some of these variations were already known to us since the UK GP (the repeal of the Anti-Rookie Law), others have appeared that may pose some problems for some teams in the 2013 season.

In addition, some of these new regulations that were being aired in the media have not only not been accepted, but it seems that they will not be accepted almost forever. We are talking about the single control units and the (maximum) rev limit. We are going to relate them in detail so as not to leave anything in the pipeline.

Casey Stoner at Assen 2012

Among the most commented regulations for the 2013 season is the repeal of the Anti-Rookie Act. Something that has been talked about a lot, but curiously, and according to Asphalt & Rubber, has not been eliminated at the request of the environment of the main beneficiary Marc Márquez, but it seems that those who have promoted this elimination are the satellite teams they were seen with a winning driver for just one season. It seems that neither Lucio Cecchinello nor Fausto Gresini wanted to babysit the Spanish pilot for a year.

The rules that have not passed this last cut have been that of use a single motorcycle per rider in MotoGP, or use metal discs instead of the current carbon ones. Both proposals were aimed at reducing equipment costs, but that of the single motorcycle did not like the equipment manufacturers and that of the metal discs neither did the manufacturers. With the latter, what has been achieved is the Brembo and Nissin's commitment to review current prices of carbon kits.

In exchange for avoiding that single bike per rider, the brands have accepted that for the next season each one Only one team with two official pilots and another team with two satellite pilots will put on track. Although these satellite equipment is not specified anywhere in what conditions they will run. Let us remember that Honda has used satellite equipment on several occasions to “camouflage” official motorcycles.

And finally we come to a play that can be very interesting for the 2013 season. It has been established that the engines will use the current dimensions until 2014. For this they will have to communicate to the technical commission these levels that they are currently using. Why is this interesting? Well, because everyone in the world rumors saying that the current Ducati engines are below the 1,000 cc allowed. And if they are forced to keep these engines until 2014 It seems that Italians are going to have a hard time. On the other hand, this rule could not affect the CRTs, so they could take advantage of the moment to bring their benefits closer to those of the prototypes.

Ducati Team at Silverstone 2012

Along with this freezing of measures, a limitation on the number of gear ratios allowed for each engine. This is how they say that the teams will be able to save something on transport, since a gearbox pinion is something that weighs. The explanation is so strange, but it is not without reason. In addition, the current 1,000cc engines seem to have enough torque and elasticity not to need to play with the change much.

As we have already commented before, the norms that have not passed the cut are that of a single control unit and limitation of maximum revolutions. Although throughout this season they will continue to be discussed and it seems that there is still a possibility that they will be adopted. Let's remember that electronics is a good part of the secret of the success of the current MotoGP and it does not seem that the big factories are about to give up their electronic geniuses.

Will all of this make MotoGP races more entertaining? I do not think so. My explanation is that as long as they continue with such complicated regulations and with so many exceptions, the brands will continue to do whatever they want and some seasons will dominate some while others will dominate others, but there will never be real competition on the track. This competition has been transferred to the offices of the engineers who develop the motorcycles and who maintain a technological career that leaves us with a checkered face because on the track you do not see a real dispute. I do not know the solution, although I have always believed that a simple regulation, limiting four things, can be a good solution. What I am clear about is that a Formula 1 style regulation, which is adapted as advantages appear for one or the other and at the end of the season they discuss whether round holes are legal because they are slightly oval is not the solution for the MotoGP World Championship.

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