MotoGP fuel limit set at 22 litres for 2016

Yamaha suffered the most early this year with the drop to 20 litres of fuel
Yamaha suffered the most early this year with the drop to 20 litres of fuel Picture: Bonnie Lane

MotoGP’s fuel limit will be set at 22 litres for 2016, reversing the current downward trend as all entrants will be using the same electronic software and new Michelin tyres.

Since 2004, the tank capacity has been ever decreasing from 26 to 24 litres in 2005, and reduced a further two litres to 22 in 2006. From 2007 onwards the FIM regulated that engines were limited a maximum fuel capacity of 21 litres in MotoGP class, with 2014 seeing a further drop to 20 - however, Open class bikes can run 24 litres.

The Grand Prix Commission approved the new limit at a Madrid meeeting as well as a price cap on braking system. Teams can now only spend €70,000 on a disc to master cylinder setup, but can spend €60,000 if that doesn’t include calipers.

It was already announced that Factory teams in the MotoGP class must move to using unified software with effect from 01 July 2015. It has now been confirmed that different teams, using machines from the same Factory, may use different versions of the unified software.

It is anticipated that other regulations like the number of engines to be available for the season and the minimum weights of machines will be finalised and announced early in February 2015.

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