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MotoGP 2014
03-20-2014, 09:38 AM
Post: #1
MotoGP 2014
The season kicks off this weekend under the floodlights in Qatar. Practice starts today due to the narrow window they can run when it's dark and before the dew starts to form on the track.

It will be interesting to see if Marquez becomes more dominant or if Lorenzo can bring the fight to him this year and if Rossi has found a little of his old magic with his new crew chief.

The rules this year are a mess as they slowly work towards a single set of rules for everyone in 2016 that includes a spec ECU/Software, which was finally agreed upon this week.

For the next two years we have a messy 3 classes.

The entry list is below with an explanation of the classes underneath.

#4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici)
#5 Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)
#6 Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V)
#7 Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R)
#8 Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Avintia)
#9 Danilo Petrucci ITA IodaRacing Project (ART)
#17 Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R)
#19 Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V)
#23 Broc Parkes AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART)
#26 Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)
#29 Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici)
#35 Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici)
#38 Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)
#41 Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)
#44 Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)
#45 Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R)
#46 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)
#62 Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Avintia)
#68 Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici)
#69 Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R)
#70 Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART)
#93 Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)
#99 Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)

Blue = Factory - Control ECU hardware, unique manufacturer software.
20 litres of race fuel, 5 engine changes for the season. All engines identical throughout the year within the same team (development freeze).

Black = Factory (with concessions) - Control ECU hardware, unique manufacturer software.
Currently only Ducati, but technically applicable to any Factory manufacturer that has not achieved a dry win the previous year, or any new MotoGP manufacturer.
24 litres of race fuel, 12 engine changes for the season. No engine development freeze, plus the same softer rear tyre allocation and extra testing opportunities as the Open category. Fuel to be reduced to 22 litres should Ducati achieve a race win, two second places or three (dry) podiums during 2014. If Ducati claims three wins this season they will also lose the softer rear tyre. All other concessions confirmed until start of single ECU era in 2016.

Red = Open - Full control ECU system, hardware and software.
24 litres of race fuel, 12 engine changes for the season. No engine development freeze, a softer rear tyre allocation and more testing opportunities relative to the Factory option.
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03-20-2014, 01:53 PM
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RE: MotoGP 2014
is there a clear pecking order to the classes, like we see at le mans, or is this a case of more than one way to skin the cat?
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03-20-2014, 02:33 PM
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RE: MotoGP 2014
(03-20-2014 01:53 PM)frankdouglason Wrote:  is there a clear pecking order to the classes, like we see at le mans, or is this a case of more than one way to skin the cat?

Different ways to skin a cat.

Open was introduced as a lower budget way for teams to enter to get grid numbers up. Their engines can be derived form road bikes where it was previously only prototype engines that are massively expensive. It worked twofold as it got more bikes on the grid and also broke the manufacturer stronghold over the organisers by proving they weren't essential for the survival of the series. Prior to that they had too much power and were basically setting the rules, which was pushing costs beyond all but the wealthiest teams.

Factory option was a last minute class to allow Ducati to do in-season development as they are too far behind at the moment and there would be no point in taking part otherwise. It also helps Suzuki who are testing this year and entering next as they will need to develop mid-season to get up to speed.

From 2016 there will be one class and this mess will be over.
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03-20-2014, 04:34 PM
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RE: MotoGP 2014
Looking forward to another great season. Rossi has already said he doesn't have high hopes, but there is always a bit of sandbagging going on this time of year. Marquez vs. Lorenzo will be the battle to watch.

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03-21-2014, 09:05 AM
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RE: MotoGP 2014
(03-20-2014 04:34 PM)Jackson Wrote:  Looking forward to another great season. Rossi has already said he doesn't have high hopes, but there is always a bit of sandbagging going on this time of year. Marquez vs. Lorenzo will be the battle to watch.

I can already hear Lorenzos cage rattling. The new tyres this year are trickier to get in the operating temperature window and he's struggling, so the first thing he does when he gets of the bike is goes and shouts at the Bridgestone rep at the track. Other riders have said they have the same issues, but that they just need to work on getting the bikes set up as the tyres are the same for everyone. You can almost hear the panic in Lorenzos comments.

Incidentally, the riders that tested at Qatar 2 weeks ago are all fast. Bradley Smith said he had the same issues as Lorenzo at the start of the test, but once he understood how he needed to ride to get the tyres into their working range it wasn't too bad. I'm sure the regular pecking order will be somewhat re-established today. Although I have a feeling Espargaro on the NGM will get pole with his super soft tyre.
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08-31-2014, 12:28 PM
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RE: MotoGP 2014
Just finished watching today's race (Silverstone). DNA testing should be mandatory, that creature is not human.

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