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January 21st, 2010, 07:33 AM   #11
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The combined posts above has me wondering; do the factories have to present
all six engines at the same time at the beginning of the season? Or will they
be able to start out with two engines per rider - allowing them to engineer
various refinements to the balance of the engines and submit them for sealing
by Dorna - as they go?
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January 21st, 2010, 07:40 AM   #12
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I think the engine rule will make a difference. Dorna has been paying IRTA private teams a lot of money to help subsidize the lack of sponsorship and the cost of running an 800cc engine. We know the factories have been lowering customer costs by detuning the engines to squeeze another 200-300km out of them.

According to the preliminary information from within the sport, the 3 race engine requirement will be satisfied by reducing engine temperature and dropping revs. Ducati and Yamaha have already revealed much bigger cooling vents on the 2010 bikes, and I'm almost certain the cooling systems are getting an overhaul as well.

Private teams cannot afford frequent engine rebuilds, but they can afford larger cooling vents, upgraded cooling systems, and rev limits. Assuming the factory teams actually provide the privateers with fully upgraded systems, I think the racing will improve.

The racing will only become worse if the factory teams are able to extend engine life without reducing engine speed or power. It is certainly a possibility, but Ducati's indifference to the loss of power associated with running a Big Bang engine seems to indicate that max performance may not be the key to next season.
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