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Exclamation MotoGP » MotoGP goes single-tyre for 2009. *OFFICIAL*

MotoGP goes single-tyre for 2009.

Sunday, 28th September 2008

The MotoGP World Championship will become a single tyre brand series from the 2009 season.

The MotoGP World Championship will become a single tyre brand series from the 2009 season, it was announced at Motegi on Sunday morning.

The rule - which mirrors that of the World Superbike Championship and Formula One World Championship - came close to being introduced for 2008, after new tyre regulations introduced at the start of last season saw a series of races where Bridgestone (and occasionally Michelin) held a clear performance advantage.

Despite a promising start to this season, Michelin once again struck severe problems due to unsuitable tyres - resulting in cut slicks being seen in dry morning practice at Laguna Seca, whilst world champions Jorge Lorenzo and James Toseland were unable to lap inside the 107% qualifying time next time out at a wet Brno.

Dani Pedrosa, who had led the world championship for Michelin until he fell from the lead of a wet German Grand Prix on July 13, then deflated the once all-conquering French brand further when he made a shock switch to Bridgestones after August's San Marino Grand Prix.

It is for competitive reasons that the majority of MotoGP riders support the introduction of a one-tyre rule - despite Bridgestone and Michelin being strongly opposed to it - but improving competition is not why the new rule has been introduced.

Instead Michelin, Bridgestone - or perhaps even both - will be forced out of the MotoGP paddock 'for safety and cost reasons'.

"For safety and cost reasons, the Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Claude Danis (FIM), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Mr. Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held today at the circuit of Motegi, unanimously decided to introduce the following change to the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations," read a statement from the FIM.

"The Grand Prix Commission has decided unanimously that there will be a single tyre supplier for the MotoGP class from 2009. Proposals to supply the tyres must be handed to the FIM and Dorna by October 3rd at the latest. The final decision will be announced by the GP Commission by October 18th at the latest."

Whilst it can be argued that an end to tyre competition will slow down development, might the winner of the new MotoGP tyre contract be requested to limit side grip in order to meet such safety obligations?

Despite a public lack of enthusiasm for the rule, it is presumed that Bridgestone, currently on course for its second MotoGP title in succession, will win the tyre contract, especially since the top three riders in the championship - Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and Pedrosa - are all using Bridgestone tyres and have openly criticised Michelin in the past.

Pedrosa's mid-season move left his Repsol Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden and Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo as the only factory riders still using Michelin tyres, and meant the full time 18-rider grid is divided 12-6 in favour of Bridgestone.

MotoGP goes single-tyre for 2009. | MOTOGP News | Crash.Net
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ya I think I speak for us all when I say "oh shit."
If the new rule really mirrors F1 and WSBK, then it should be spec-tire, not just single brand...
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if that's the case it's not oh shit, it's ok. I mean I was against it last year, but I understand the position, with a proper spec tire atleast you know it's gonna always work and it'll be even.

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I like it myself, but what about the rumors of Ducati and Kawi being on Michelin's next year... lol I guess that's why there called rumors

I think this will take the tire out of the race and that always makes for better racing and that's what we all want right?

But again some people hate change and I love it... lol



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I like it myself, but what about the rumors of Ducati and Kawi being on Michelin's next year... lol I guess that's why there called rumors

I think this will take the tire out of the race and that always makes for better racing and that's what we all want right?

But again some people hate change and I love it... lol
You know what strikes me odd, Michelin dominated for years, since the death of their CEO everything went downhill.

Tires won't change s**t, look at Indy Brigdestone won and also came in last with Michelin in the middle.

I hate this new rule so much I can't put it in to words.


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Well it will do one thing for sure... it will make it more even and you won't see Stoner or Rossi 4 seconds behind because there tire company didn't bring the right tires to the track... that will make for better racing.



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Well it will do one thing for sure... it will make it more even and you won't see Stoner or Rossi 4 seconds behind because there tire company didn't bring the right tires to the track... that will make for better racing.
How do you figure????


Except for Laguna, all races have been one rider getting well ahead of the rest.


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Michelin considers one tyre bid.

Sunday, 28th September 2008

Michelin to announce 'in the next few days' if it will bid for the new exclusive MotoGP tyre contract.

Michelin has responded to this morning's announcement that the MotoGP World Championship will become a single tyre series from 2009 'due to safety and cost reasons' by issuing the following statement:

"The decision to move to a single tyre supplier for the 2009 MotoGP World Championship is a major change to the regulations of a series that was created in 1949.

"Michelin notes with interest the reasons given by the governors of this sport to which Michelin remains very committed after many years of involvement.

"Michelin is examining the opportunities offered by these new regulations and will make an announcement in the next few days as to whether or not the company will tender to supply tyres to the premier class championship that Michelin has won on 26 occasions since 1973."

Michelin's MotoGP rival Bridgestone, which currently supplies 12 of the 18 full time riders, is considered favorite to win the one tyre contract.

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Except for Laguna, all races have been one rider getting well ahead of the rest.
That's only because someone kept going in the gravel






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thank god speeds statements werent true....now hopefully spies to yamaha wont be true either


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I hope Michelin gets the contract and that it's not a spec tire. I'm sure they'll develop the direction that Rossi and Pedrosa want

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I hope Michelin gets the contract and that it's not a spec tire. I'm sure they'll develop the direction that Rossi and Pedrosa want
lmao more like rossi and lorenzo....pedrosas out of the click after his mid season switch....how embarrising


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well after Rossi very nearly got them thrown out of the season last year I'm pretty sure he's on their shit list too.

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ya I was hoping he would get a GP ride



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I'd rather him be on a factory WSBK ride than a satellite GP ride.

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well after Rossi very nearly got them thrown out of the season last year I'm pretty sure he's on their shit list too.
yea but he's rossi theyd take him back in a heart beat

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true just not wsbk factory yamaha lmao


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whats so bad with wsbk factory yami? haga has won races on the bike this year.


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I'm not bad with it, it's an ok team. Just next years bike is a whole new ballgame and a total unknown. The GSXR would have been a known quantity, could have stepped onto it with a known good baseline set-up, ready to kick ass and take names.

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