Magneti Marelli in four-year ECU deal

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Electronics giant Magneti Marelli has finalised a deal to offer all teams in MotoGP the opportunity to use its latest ECU from 2013.

The Italian company has completed a four-year agreement with MotoGP's commercial rights holders Dorna.

The news will come as a huge boost for the Claiming Rules Teams, with electronics proving a major source of weakness for many CRT riders this season.

Magneti Marelli will make its highest specification electronic control system available to all competitors, backed up by a permanent team of technicians at each tack.

A research and development centre will also be set up at the company's headquarters in Bologna specifically to enhance its MotoGP commitments over the next four years.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO, said the deal represents a “major step” forward in the blue riband championship.

“I cannot hide the fact that I am very happy with this new co-operation with Magneti Marelli,” he said.

“The agreement reached with the Italian company merely validates MotoGP as a competition that incorporates and encourages the latest and most innovative technology.

“The experience of this company, which has spent many years at the highest level of competition in motor sport, represents a major step in the premier-class of two-wheel racing.”

Magneti Marelli's electronic control system includes an engine and chassis control unit with inboard datalogger, as well as the relevant tuning and data analysis tools, dashboard and handlebar toggle switch.

Roberto Dalla, Magneti Marelli Motorsport Managing Director, added: “The main aim is to provide top technology at affordable costs, which is Magneti Marelli's mission firstly in racing and also in the field of series production.

“Magneti Marelli has been developing solutions in the electronics and electro-mechanics area for MotoGP teams for the last decade: this new initiative with Dorna represents a further strategic opportunity to enhance the development of our technology.”

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