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MotoGP grid set to increase to 28

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The Moto GP grid could increase to 28 for the 2014 season, according to the CEO of the rights holders Dorna.

Carmelo Ezpeleta has announced there could be four extra riders next season to add to the 24 regular riders this season.

Italian manufacturer Aprilia could increase their involvement next season and Ezpeleta fully expects an increase in riders.

We will announce that we will open again for more entries next year and then we will admit four entries more, up to 28," Ezpeleta told BBC Sport.

Suzuki confirmed this week that they will be returning to MotoGP in 2015 after three years out of the sport but will not participate next season.

Ezpeleta also revealed that there are plans to get rid of the 'claiming rule.' The rule allowed manufacturers to buy CRT engines for £17,000. The rule was introduced to help tackle dwindling grid entries by allowing teams to build their own cost-effective bikes by putting production-based engines into prototype chassis.

It meant other manufacturers were allowed to buy those engines for a set fee and was brought in to stop factories abusing the concessions made for CRTs, which includes extra fuel and bigger engine allowance.

"There will no longer [be] the possibility to buy the engine for £17,000. We can continue calling it [CRT] as a name but the concept of CRT will disappear," Ezpeleta revealed.


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