When it was announced that the claiming rule was to be dropped and the rules would be changed for 2014, one of the main questions was what to call the new class. After some complaining early on, MotoGP fans had become used to the CRT name, and understood what was meant by it.

With the choice of software now determining how much fuel and how many engines a team can use – 24 liters for the spec Dorna software, 20 liters for factories using their custom software with the spec Magneti Marelli ECU – there was no easy and obvious nomenclature for the bikes.

Under the first draft of the rules, the bikes were divided into two categories: “MotoGP” and “MotoGP with factory option”. That appears to have encountered resistance, however, and so a new name has been found for the non-factory bikes: for 2014, non-factory bikes will be referred to as ‘Open’ entries.

There is of course a small irony in the fact that the new “Open” class bikes will have less freedom than the factory option bikes, having both ECU and software closed, but with more fuel available, they will at least not be strangulated by the factory option’s fuel restriction.

It is not currently known whether Dorna will continue with the separate championship for the CRT bikes, now renamed “Open”.

If the customer bikes are competitive with satellite machinery, they may choose to drop the nomenclature, but if the Open class bikes are finishing around where Aleix Espargaro is finishing on the ART, then they may decide to keep it, to give the private teams some extra publicity.

One concession has been made to wild cards, which could prove important. In the interests of reducing development costs, wild cards have been excluded from using the Magneti Marelli ECU and software.

This opens the way for Suzuki to enter as a wildcard using the current version of its Mitsubishi ECU and software, while the engineers continue to work on porting their current codebase to the Magneti Marelli hardware.

It also makes the newly discarded Aprilia ART bikes an attractive prospect for wild card teams: exempt from using the spec Dorna hardware and software, any wild card entry fielding the Aprilia ART machine can continue to use Aprilia’s custom hardware and software.

The full text of the regulations and the detailed technical specifications may be viewed on here.

Source: FIM; Photo: © 2013 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • David

    These are great field filler bikes.

    I hope they get their own Championship trophy to go along with the effort they put in to help the MotoGp show.

  • vman2957

    If you have a whole class of bikes that has no realistic overall championship hopes they should have there own championship. It keeps them relevant and the riders motivated.

  • Stanford Crane

    Of course, Open, it makes perfect sense for bikes that are more restricted. Well, at least to Dorna. They should have a “Class of Four” for the factory Hondas and Yamahas, a Satellite Class for the two Honda and Yamaha satellite bikes and then a customer class for the privateer Hondas and the Ducatis (because, let’s face it they are so far off) and then the “Nowhere Class” for the others. Heck just give out a trophy for Top Spanish Rider and another one for Top Non-Spanish Rider.

  • smiler

    So now clearly a three tier chjampionship.

    Fatory bikes
    Satelite Bike
    Open Class

    All distinct technically, financially and rider capability. The final set being very close to ASBK bikes as they are now.

  • Panda

    Its not all hopeless for open class. A propper bike with a propper rider can surprise you. Look at Pata honda with johnathan rea in wsbk this year, with him on the bike they were in top 5, with someone else on the bike (after his leg break) suddenly the BIKE was deemed “uncompetative”… Rea and the Pata CBR worked, even though the bike was so called “uncompetative”. Maybe a rider will find his perfect balance with an open class bike and be comepetative because he fits just right on it. Like james ellison a few years ago on a privateer bike pulling blistering qualifying times on a far lesser bike than factory. We shall see! These new rules are not meant to hurt motogp like everyone thinks they will. I have hope for the little guys. How good would it feel to stick one to marquez on a cheaper version of his bike!!? Thats what im watching 2014 gp for…!