French GP, Le Mans: Dunlop Moto2 & Moto3 preview

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Dunlop riders have the exact same tyre allocation for the Le Mans round of the FIM Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships as at Jerez but the circuits are far from identical.

The softer compound allocation was used for the first time in Jerez with Finland’s Mika Kallio taking his second ever Moto2 win to move to close the gap on leading Esteve Rabat.

In Moto3 it was a similar story with Romano Fenati taking his second win of the year to put him just five points behind standings leader Jack Miller.

The Le Mans track in the Pays de la Loire region of France is one that Dunlop knows well. The track has probably netted Dunlop’s engineers more data than any other with the French national championship competing there in addition to the FIM Moto World championships.

The track also hosted the final round of the 2013 Endurance World Championship where the Dunlop-shod Suzuki Endurance Racing Team was crowned World Champions and superstock racers Team Motors Events April Moto took the class win to claim the 2013 Endurance World Cup.

The Le Mans track itself is well used with a smooth non-aggressive surface with no camber on the corners whereas Jerez’s track has much more mechanical grip but corners that are less demanding on tyres. The similarity is in the energy of the track with the low demand meaning that the softer compounds can perform well in both pace and durability.

Tyre allocation:

Moto2:
Fronts 120/75R17, 4 x 302 (medium – black Dunlop logo on silver background) and 4 x 102 (hard – yellow Dunlop on black)
Rears, 195/75R17, 5 x 9854 (soft – black Dunlop on yellow) and 4 x 9855 (medium – black Dunlop on silver)

Moto3:
Fronts: 95/75R17, 5 x Medium (black Dunlop on silver) and 3 x Soft (black Dunlop on yellow)
Rears: 115/75R17 , 6 x Medium (black Dunlop on silver)and 3 x Soft (black Dunlop on yellow)

The riders will have three sets of wet tyres with an additional set being permitted if all sessions are declared wet.

Clinton Howe, Operations Manager Motorcycle Grand Prix
“In Jerez, Dunlop proved again that the continued development within the Moto2 and Moto3 Championships is working well and we provided tyres that were capable of achieving new circuit best lap times and records and consequently shortening the overall race time because of the increased pace. By having the same tyres available the riders will have confidence to push just as hard as in Jerez and get similar results despite the different track characteristics. It was good to see Dominique Aegerter get his first Moto2 podium in Jerez and it would be good to see more first podium appearances this weekend.”

Source: Dunlop Motorsport

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