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MotoGP to allow four riders per team from 2014

Allowing teams to have four riders was part of the new MotoGP technical rules
Allowing teams to have four riders was part of the new MotoGP technical rules
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Wednesday, 31, Jul 2013 03:04

by Daniel Mackrell

The Grand Prix Commission has decided to adjust rules that will now allow MotoGP factory teams to have four riders each.

The decision overturns a rule that was made in 2012, which restricted teams to just two riders in each factory squad.

The decision was made as part of the announced MotoGP technical rules that will be put into force in 2014.

Another announcement was that factory entries would be allowed 20 litres of fuel per race and five engines per season for each rider, whilst privateers will be allowed 24 litres of fuel per race and twelve engines per season.

The use of the official MotoGP ECU, including an internal datalogger, and the official MotoGP software package will be compulsory in 2014.

Top manufacturers Yamaha, Honda and Ducati currently have two bikes in their teams as well as supporting satellite teams such as Tech-3 and LCR.

The new rules were decided in a meeting which took place on 13 July in Germany.

The MotoGP Commission is composed of some of MotoGP's biggest figures, including the FIM executive director of sports, Ignacio Verneda, and Dorna chairman, Carmelo Ezpeleta.

The change in the amount of riders a team can have may provide more options for riders such as Cal Crutchlow who said last week that he is currently considering five contract offers.

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