Engine revs and costs to be limited by the GP commission in future seasons.
As KTM continue to dominate the previously open competition ground of Moto3 the GP Commission met in Qatar to discuss cost cutting measures which also have the aim of leveling the field.
Currently in basic terms the KTM revs higher and is more powerful but high maintenance while Honda, who wanted the change, have a smaller bore so rev lower and cost less are easier to look after but cannot match the power output of the KTM.
There were also changes made to the current testing arrangements.
Here is the official press statement:
Changes to the regulations concerning supply of engines for the Moto3 class were approved. The objective is to reduce the cost of the engine programme for the teams and to ensure that there is equality of performance between engines supplied by the same manufacturer.
With effect from 2014 engines will be provided to Championship Organiser by the manufacturers in three batches during the season. The engines will be sealed and distributed randomly by the Technical Director and will become the property of the teams, with no requirement for them to be returned under any “service contract”. When an engine has completed the normal cycle of use it will be replaced by another sealed engine and it is anticipated that the six engines will be more than sufficient for the season. At the end of the season the team then owns six engines with only minimal mileage accrued which can be used for testing or sold on. The fixed cost for the engine package is €68,000.
The concession to allow timing chain replacement on Honda engines at regular intervals, which involves supervised breaking of the engine seals, will be extended until the end of 2014.
With effect from 2015 the maximum revs permitted for Moto3 machines will be reduced from 14,000 RPM to 13,500 RPM and the timing chain replacement concession will be cancelled.
Testing Regulations – Moto3 and Moto2 classes
Changes to testing regulations for the Moto3 and Moto2 classes were also approved. Testing is now permitted as follows:
At any circuit, with any riders, between the final GP and 30 November.
Three pre-season official tests, but only with contracted riders, at circuits in Europe nominated by Dorna/IRTA.
Teams may also designate one GP circuit and one non-GP circuit where they may test at any time from 01 February onwards with any riders, but not within 14 days of an event at the circuit.
Teams may also participate in tests held on Mondays and/or Tuesdays after events in Europe when these days are not required for MotoGP class testing.
Any activity authorised by Race Direction.
No testing is permitted between 01 December and 31 January, both dates being inclusive.