The long-awaited list of entries for the MotoGP class in 2012 has been delayed. The list of new entries to the class was expected to be released at the Catalunya MotoGP round, but the list has been delayed while the MSMA, Dorna and IRTA are discussing a clarification to the claiming rule.
The problem was raised by a number of the teams who have submitted an entry. Speaking to MotoMatters.com, IRTA General Secretary Mike Trimby explained that the problems revolve around the price and the status of the engines used by the claiming rule teams. The factories are allowed to claim engines used by the Claiming Rule Teams for a price of 20,000 euros, but the new teams applying for CRT status have raised two objections to this issue.
The first is that in many cases, the simple material costs in a CRT engine exceed the 20,000 euro price tag paid by the factories, irrespective of the R&D costs involved. Just buying or producing the parts to replace the engine would cost more than the team would have received from the factory doing the claiming.
The other problem is that some teams will not actually own the engines they are using. Some teams will be leasing engines from engine builders, and therefore will simply not have the legal right to sell the engine.
As a result, Dorna and IRTA are locked in negotiations with the MSMA over revising the claiming rules to accommodate these situations. One avenue being explored is to allow a claiming rule team to change their status from CRT to factory team (meaning that they get 9 engines per season and 21 liters of fuel per race, instead of 12 engines and 24 liters) once a claim has been made, which would allow them to avoid handing over the engine to the MSMA member claiming it. Other options also being explored include putting in place extra criteria before an engine can be claimed, and taking another look at the price the engine can be claimed for.
Trimby said that he expected the issue to be resolved over this weekend and the upcoming Silverstone round, with a list of teams to be released at some time during the Silverstone MotoGP race next weekend.