Let's be fair: The Claiming Rules Team concept did its job the last two seasons in MotoGP. Grid sizes grew from the high teens to the mid-20s, new teams were able to join the premier class with less-expensive bikes, and the leading production-based bikes - helped by electronics development and softer rear tires - sometimes have challenged satellite bikes and factory Ducatis for positions this season after an embarrassing debut in 2012 for MotoGP's lower performance caste.
Still, few are lamenting the evaporation of CRT equipment next season as Honda and Yamaha sell "customer" prototypes to teams such as Gresini, Aspar, Forward and Cardion AB that used CRT bikes this year.
The FIM has recognized the technical sea change by eliminating the term "CRT" to describe non-prototype and non-satellite bikes next season.
Instead, factory prototypes - which will use the Dorna-spec Magneti Marelli ECU but proprietary software - will be known as Factory machines. Bikes formerly known as CRT will be called Open machines (although we find it amusing that some call them "carpetbaggers") starting in 2014, as they will use the spec ECU and spec software.
Factory machines will carry 20-liter fuel tanks and be allowed only five engines per season. Open bikes will carry 24-liter fuel tanks and be allowed 12 engines per season.
Wild-card riders will be allowed to use any ECU and software. This might be attractive to Aprilia, which could put a guest rider on an ART bike with proprietary Aprilia software and a 24-liter tank. Suzuki also might like this option for a sneak preview in 2014 of its full-blown works return in 2015. Suzuki could run its existing Mitsubishi electronics on a wild-card race bike while continuing to tweak the Magneti Marelli ECU on its 2015 prototype in testing.