News 29 Jun 2015

Ducati stripped of MotoGP concessions for 2016 season

Grand Prix Commission confirms multiple regulation updates.

Source: Ducati Corse.

Source: Ducati Corse.

Ducati will lose its current MotoGP concessions, the Grand Prix Commission confirmed during the Assen weekend via an FIM announcement.

In 2015 any manufacturer who currently benefits from concessions and who achieves six concession points in dry or wet conditions will lose all concessions from the following season. As Ducati have already achieved more than six concession points in 2015 they will lose concessions from 2016.

Previous regulations would have meant Ducati only lost its concessions in the case of a dry race win this season, however due to their six podiums to date this season, the new regulations will place Ducati on the same playing field as Honda and Yamaha with tighter restrictions from next year.

It was also announced that in the interests of cost saving, manufacturers may use engines with specifications homologated from previous seasons, providing that such engines still comply with current technical regulations.

Each manufacturer may homologate a maximum of three different specifications before the first event of the season. Before the first event of the season, every rider must nominate one specification of homologated engine which he must exclusively use for the entire season.

This means that in a non-factory team different riders might use engines with different homologated specifications. However, every manufacturer must nominate one team as its Factory Team and each rider in that team must use engines with the same homologated specification.

With the use of a single ECU and unified software it was necessary to clarify and update the regulations concerning supply and ownership of ECUs, the homologation of permitted sensors and the list of free devices that can be connected to the ECU. Full details will be published in the online version of the FIM Grand Prix regulations.

Plus, in the interests of safety a regulation was approved which prohibits a rider stopping on the start and finish straight after the chequered flag.

And the Commission has also approved initial plans to make changes to the structure of the grand prix medical services. This will involve changes to responsibilities within the permanent management and also better integration and involvement of the local circuit doctors.