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GP Week : Issue 27
Single tyre MotoGP? Not for With MotoGP heading towards a control tyre, MICHAEL SCOTT gets the plusses and the WITH a mono-tyre rule now considered almost inevitable in MotoGP, the next question is which companies will tender to be the supplier? The situation could be thought to provide an opportunity for the third force in racing rubber, Dunlop, edged out of the class at the end of 2007 after a lengthy period of worsening results. But the original pioneering pneumatic tyre company, founded in Britain, then Anglo- Japanese, and now owned by Goodyear, is far from sure it would be interested in supplying the premier class. “I honestly don’t know,” said Dunlop race chief Jeremy Ferguson. The company did not make a bid when tenders were recently invited for World Superbikes – only current mono-tyre-rule suppliers Pirelli did apply. “We didn’t feel that the balance between cost and benefit was justified,” said Ferguson. The problem, he continued, is that “with a single tyre rule, nobody ever talks about tyres until something goes wrong.” 34