3 more years: Dunlop’s Moto2 & Moto3 tyre supply extended
The FIM Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships will continue racing on Dunlop tyres for at least another three years following the extension of Dunlop’s contract with Dorna Sports. This means that Dunlop, who has partnered with Grand Prix motorcycle racing since its inauguration in 1949, will exclusively supply the two classes until at least the end of the 2023 season.
As the most successful tyre company in the history of the 250cc and 125cc categories, having won 17 titles in 250cc, Dunlop became the sole tyre supplier of Moto2 and Moto3 when the new classes were founded to replace the 250cc and 125cc classes. Since then, Dunlop has supplied every bike in every season of the intermediate and lightweight classes.
Strong ‘race to road’ link
Dunlop says its “top technology” goes into creating the “ultimate race tyres” specifically for the Moto2 and Moto3 bikes. It adds that tyre developments and adaption to new technical innovations have led to a “notable lap time improvement.” This doesn’t just benefit those racing in the two classes: “The race tyres used by Moto2 and Moto3 riders are heavily linked to Dunlop tyres that bikers around the world can fit to their own machines. Dunlop products are all developed and manufactured by the same team as the Moto2 and Moto3 race tyres.”
This ‘race to road’ link gives riders a wide choice of tyres to suit their style and usage – all with technology derived from the top levels of motorsport. Examples of this are the race-derived KR and D213 GP PRO designs, as well as track day tyres such as GP Racer D212 and more road-orientated hypersport designs like SportSmart Mk3 and TT.
Integral to Dunlop’s motorsports activities
“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Dorna Sports to remain the exclusive tyre supplier to the Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships for at least another three years,” states Ben Hoge, Goodyear’s general manager motorcycle Europe. “Both series are integral to Dunlop Motorsport’s activities and allow us to develop technology for our expanding range of road and track tyres. Dorna Sports has an excellent platform for finding and supporting the star riders of tomorrow and we’re excited to remain a part of it.”
Pau Serracanta, managing director of Dorna Sports, adds: “We are delighted to announce that Dunlop will remain the tyre supplier for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes, extending our partnership until 2023. Dunlop have been a cornerstone of the incredible success of Moto2 and Moto3 since each began, and the results speak for themselves as we continue to see spectacular racing every weekend. I look forward to more history being made together over at least the next three years.”