Dunlop Tyres has extended its tyre supply contract with Dorna Sports for the leading motorsport World Championships – Moto2™ and Moto3™.
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Dunlop Tyres will continue supplying racing radials for the globally popular Moto2™ and Moto3™ competitions. The tyre manufacturer has extended its ongoing agreement as an exclusive radial provider for these racing events.
Dunlop Tyres had, in the past, dominated the racing scene under open tyre regulations in the 125cc and 250cc categories. The tyre manufacturer then signed a contract for its role as an exclusive tyre supplier in 2010. This was the year when the 600cc four-stroke category in Moto2™ came into existence. It next signed the agreement when the 250cc four-stroke category was created under Moto3™ in 2012.
The Renewal of Ties
Dorna Sports delightedly announced at a recent press meet about Dunlop’s extension of the contract. The spokesperson for Dorna confirmed that the tyre maker has signed a fresh set of agreement, which entitles it to continue its term as the sole tyre provider for these championships beginning 2015.
The contract will ensure that all riders participating in the lightweight and intermediate categories at the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship will exclusively ride on Dunlop rubber. Additionally, all the competing bikes will bear Dunlop logos, and participants will receive Dunlop caps as awards for finishing the competitions in podium positions.
Moreover, as a part of the deal, Dunlop also gets the benefit of trackside advertising at all FIM MotoGP™ World Championships held internationally.
Neither Dunlop Tyres nor Dorna Sports have specified the duration of the recently signed new contract. The length of the new agreement has been simply mentioned as -“from the beginning of 2015”. Dunlop Tyres’ Sanjay Khanna, however, used the phrase “coming years” while speaking about the deal.
Dunlop Aims at Higher Goals
Motorsport fans acknowledge Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships as among the most electrifying racing events in the world, states MD, Khanna. The racing intensity at the events makes viewing those compelling for fans across the world, he adds. He also said that Dunlop’s motorsport division looks forward to promoting these classes increasingly over the coming years. Dunlop, he says, plans to do that in order to focus more on quality of racing and tapping budding talent.
Managing Director, Commercial Area for Dorna Sports, Pau Serracanta, expressed delight at continuing their association with Dunlop. He lauded Dunlop for being one of the most experienced names in the lightweight and intermediate tyre supply categories in the world motorsport arena.
The company, he added, has contributed significantly in the development of Moto2™ and Moto3™ right from the time individual classes were introduced. Dunlop has, moreover, paved a way to these Championships for outstanding riders such as Marc Marquez.
Out of Moto2™ and Moto3™, the former, since its inception, uses Honda control engines; whereas the latter is an open engine competition. The Honda-only agreement is scheduled to last until December 2018; the contract may then be renewed.
Dunlop’s tryst with motorsport began over 125 years ago, when its first ever pneumatic tyre accomplished four victories at a cycle racing event in 1889. Since then, Dunlop continues to lead in all major forms of motorsport with continuous technological advancements.