Sunday, August 26, 2007

MotoGP: Dorna CEO says existing tyre rules may need to go!


The tyre rules have changed everything in the 2007 MotoGP season...

According to a report on the Speed TV website, Dorna may consider a change in tyre rules for the 2008 MotoGP season. Dorna CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta says, ‘I am in agreement with Rossi that the tyre limitations are an error that must be solved.’ Ezpeleta has also said that the tyre companies – Michelin, Dunlop, and Bridgestone – are responsible for the current tyre rule, which was intended to cut costs and simplify things for racing teams as well as tyre manufacturers.

The tyre debate has raged for much of the 2007 MotoGP season, with various ‘experts’ offering various different opinions on why things have turned out the way they have. While Ezpeleta is said to have supported the current tyre rule earlier, he now says, ‘The brands [tyre manufacturers] have to reach an agreement on how they can change this – they have to make acceptable solutions if they want to avoid this becoming a single tyre championship.’

For more details on how the existing tyre rules work, the technical details and the full story on suggested changes, go to the Speed TV website here.

Update (22nd Sept., 2007): Dorna boss puts in formal request for one-make tyre rule for MotoGP!

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2007 MotoGP race reports, interviews and hi-res wallpaper!
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Giacomo Agostini: "Stoner is incredible, but don't forget Rossi!"
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Colin Edwards to go to Tech 3 Yamaha for 2008...
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