Standard ECUs Could Come To MotoGP

The influence of electronics has been growing ever since the MotoGP class entered the four-stroke era. This has caused a great deal of concern among many fans and riders, as the bikes get easier to ride within 99% of their potential. To put an end to this, Carmelo Ezepeleta, the CEO of Dorna, has suggested that MotoGP could switch to a standard ECU, much as Formula 1 has done.

Any such move would cast doubt on the rationale for the MotoGP class, which is meant to be the pinnacle of motorcycle engineering. It is also unclear how a standard ECU could be created which could cope with requirements of the many different engine configurations and firing sequences currently in use in MotoGP.

Ezpeleta's suggestion should probably be seen in the context of his last proposal: to move to a single tire rule. In retrospect, it seems certain that this threat was meant solely to force the tire manufacturers and teams to reach an agreement on tire rules. The proposal to switch to a single ECU should probably also be regarded in the first gambit of a move to control the amount of electronics in MotoGP, such as traction control, wheelie control and launch control.

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