Dunlop is set to continue as single tire supplier to the Moto2 and Moto3 classes. In a press release (show below), Dorna announced that they have extended the current contract with Dunlop to remain as the spec tire supplier to the support classes, for the 2015 season and beyond. The press release does not make any mention of the duration of the contract, stating only that Dunlop will continue "from the start of 2015".
Dunlop has been the spec tire supplier to both Moto2 and Moto3 since the introduction of the two classes, in 2010 and 2012 respectively. The announcement that they are to continue signals that both series will continue with a spec tire for the foreseeable future. However, the intermediate classes had been a de facto spec series for a long time, with Dunlop supplying almost the entire field in the 250cc and 125cc classes which preceded Moto2 and Moto3.
The press release containing the announcement appears below:
Dunlop extends contract as Official Tyre Supplier to Moto2™ and Moto3™
Dorna Sports is delighted to announce that Dunlop has signed a fresh agreement to continue as the sole tyre supplier to the Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships from the start of 2015.
The agreement will not only continue to see all riders competing on Dunlop rubber across the intermediate and lightweight classes of the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship, but also all bikes sporting the company’s logos and riders being awarded with Dunlop caps for finishing Grands Prix in podium positions.
The deal also includes trackside advertising at international FIM MotoGP™World Championship events.
Pau Serracanta, Managing Director of Commercial Area at Dorna Sports commented: “We are delighted to continue our association with a name as experienced as Dunlop for both the intermediate and lightweight class tyre supply in the World Championship. The company has played a significant role in the development of both Moto2™ and Moto3™ since the individual classes were originated, paving the way to MotoGP™ for riders the calibre of Marc Marquez who has gone on to claim two premier class world crowns.”
Sanjay Khanna, Managing Director, Dunlop Motorsport and Motorcycle Europe stated: “The Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships are acknowledged by fans as two of the most exciting racing championships in the world. The intensity of the racing makes for compelling viewing. We look forward to increasing our promotion of these classes during the coming years in a way that will help increase the focus on the rising talent and quality of racing.”
Dunlop was appointed as sole tyre supplier at the launch of both classes in 2010 and 2012 respectively. This followed a period where Dunlop- equipped motorcycles dominated the 250cc and 125cc categories that preceded the two classes in the FIM World Championship.