Dunlop Motorsport has used the Moto 2 and 3 mid-season break to examine the changes brought about by its 2014 tyre philosophy. The manufacturer’s 2013 rubber provided more opportunities for riders to make choices about the tyres that suited them best at a particular circuit, Dunlop’s tyre selections this year have led to very little variation in the top riders’ decisions. Clinton Howe, Dunlop’s operations manager, Motorcycle Grand Prix, explains that the manufacturer has been able to develop tyres that are harder – and therefore last longer – and more versatile without compromising on pace.
Dunlop has announced its plans to bring forward the introduction of two new front tyres planned for 2015 to the current season. A new front soft compound tyre is now available for circuits that are easier on tyres or colder weather conditions; a replacement front tyre designed to work better in high track temperatures is the other tyre to be introduced early following testing post-race at Cataluña and Mugello earlier in the year. Rear tyres were also tested in Spain, and Dunlop now has a specification undergoing more testing to prove longevity in different conditions.
Dunlop and riders from the Moto2 and Moto3 series will begin testing for the 2015 season at Italy’s Mugello track on 3 June. The brand will introduce new front and rear specifications for both series, making the available after the sixth round of the championships at the same circuit on 1 June.