Dunlop previews Moto2, Moto3 Silverstone weekend
The FIM Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships head to Silverstone, Northamptonshire for round 12, which takes place over the weekend of 26 and 27 August. Tyre supplier Dunlop states that the cooler and normally windy conditions at Silverstone have prompted the use of the harder rear tyre options across both championships, while the single option Moto2-2 front, with its operating window of around 10-35 degrees ambient, is designed to cover all outcomes.
The 2017 specification tyres remain similar to last season, utilising the No.2 fronts in Moto2, and with several options for the rears, each carefully selected by the experienced Dunlop engineers to cater for the demands of the different tracks and surfaces. Moto3 equally will feature the same tyres that were successfully used last year, all of which offer increased durability for the ultra-competitive lightweight class.
Heading into the Silverstone weekend, Franco Morbidelli has taken seven wins thus far, and tops the Moto2 tables ahead of last year’s winner Thomas Luthi, who incidentally beat the Italian to the top step of the podium. In Moto3 Joan Mir is in equally dominant form, also with seven wins this year, he holds a commanding lead over Romano Fenati.
In the Dunlop #ForeverForward Award, Andrea Migno (Moto3) continues to top the leader board, but his advantage has been reduced to just six points after the latest round in Austria. Rewarding riders for their determination and fightback from adversity, the #ForeverForward top 13 are covered by just 20 points, with Moto2 rider Joe Roberts making up the most places at the Red Bull Ring, coming through from 31st to 10th. Top Moto3 mover was Albert Arenas, with a 20-place improvement into 12th place. Top movers in Brno were wet-weather expert Khairul Idham Pawi, gaining 14 places in the rain-shortened race, and Moto3 runner Kaito Toba with 12 places gained.