Spec Tires in MotoGP?

Press release from Dorna:

In the Grand Prix Commission meeting Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta proposed the introduction of a single tyre rule for MotoGP in 2008, something which will be decided on at the forthcoming Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Mr. Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO

“We have made a proposal in the Grand Prix Commission meeting today to reach an agreement between all the different tyre manufacturers for the use of tyres in 2008,owing to the situation in which some factories believe that they can’t have tyres which they think are competitive. We thought that the best possibility is to go to a one-tyre rule.â€

Editorial Comment: This announcement by Dorna has apparently caught everyone by surprise -- Teams, manufacturers and tire companies alike. There was supposed to be some sort of unified response from Michelin, Bridgestone and Dunlop, but according to various sources that isn't going to happen. The burning question that this proposal begs is who exactly is going to be the tire supplier?

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