Dunlop have announced they will be the control tyre supplier to both the Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships from next year onwards.
The British company have supplied tyres for the intermediate class since it became Moto2 last year and have extended their existing contract until the end of 2014, while they will supply tyres and technical support to every competitor in Moto3, next year's replacement for the 125cc World Championship, for the same duration.
Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta expressed his delight at continuing its’ existing relationship with Dunlop for the next three years.
“It is a great honour to be able to continue working with a brand such as Dunlop in the new Moto3 category, and also to extend the existing collaboration we have with them in Moto2 until the end of 2014. Dunlop's passion for the world of motorcycling and its commitment to the MotoGP World Championship are values which have consolidated the relationship between Dorna, and this has been done through two of the three categories which comprise the World Championship.”
“There is no doubt that the constant technological work carried out by Dunlop to improve their products allows the circuit to be a testing ground for these developments, and that this technology is then transferred to the road.”
Jean–FÃ©lix Bazelin, General Manager of Dunlop Motorsport admitted he is particularly excited at being involved in the debut season the new Moto3 class.
“Moto3 is an exciting new Championship for Dunlop, our engineers and technicians and we relish the new challenge, and look forward to the progress in our understanding as we develop tyres for the new 250cc 4-stroke powered racing machines. The extension of our Moto2 contract is a strong validation of the good job we have done in that Championship, the results of which are clear to see.”
Sanjay Khanna, Managing Director of Dunlop Brand Europe, Middle East and Africa, was elated to see the company confirmed as suppliers for the always exciting MotoGP support classes.
“Dorna, IRTA and the teams have endorsed Dunlop's commitment to motorcycle Grand Prix racing by extending our Moto2 supply and awarding us the contract for the exciting new Moto3 Championship. These are strong validations of Dunlop's technology which will continue to be highlighted to a worldwide audience through these fantastic Championships.”
Sharon Antonaros, Dunlop Europe's Motorcycle Marketing Director also added, “Dunlop participates in motorcycle racing in order to develop our products and our knowledge of the latest technology. This provides benefits for our consumers such as our NTEC and Multi-Tread technologies which we have enhanced further through our Moto2 relationship. Moto3 is a fantastic new proving ground and we will benefit from being there at the start of the Championship, when the learning curve is at its steepest, and the potential rewards are at their greatest.”