MICHELIN TAKESOVER MOTOGP FROM BRIDGESTONE

Dorna Sports is pleased to announce Michelin as the Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP™ as of the 2016 World Championship season.
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The French manufacturer will thus return to MotoGP for the first time since 2008, the final season of open tyre competition.

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At the beginning of May 2014 Dorna, in agreement with the FIM, opened a tender for tyre manufacturers interested in becoming Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP™ from the 2016 season.

Michelin won 26 500cc/MotoGP titles from 1976-2006 but then suffered a rapid decline in the face of growing Bridgestone opposition.

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Interested tyre manufacturers were able to request the technical specifications from Dorna’s Managing Director Javier Alonso, with three potential tyre suppliers initially expressing an interest – before Michelin alone made a formal tender before the 22nd May deadline.

The next step in the process will be the drawing out of a commercial agreement between Dorna and Michelin as Official Tyre Supplier, Michelin having already clearly proven its technical abilities to respond to the needs of a demanding Grand Prix racing schedule.

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