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Dunlop aiming to continue recent improvement

Dunlop aiming to continue recent improvement

Dunlop aiming to continue recent improvement

Recent results for Dunlop riders have shown a vast improvement on their stuttering start to the season, something which is a positive sign for all involved. Dunlop Motorsport Manager Jeremy Ferguson spoke to motogp.com this week to evaluate the season so far and reveal their goals for the rest of the season.

"We have developed and tested more than one hundred new specifications of MotoGP tyres since the first GP of the season. We have stayed on to test after the GPs where the calendar and circuit availability allows - at Jerez, Le Mans, Mugello and Brno. Most of the work has been concentrated on rear tyres - all of which now are multi-compound".

With a number of experienced riders devoting a large portion of their post-Grand Prix testing to finding tyre solutions alongside Dunlop, the factory have clear targets for every occasion they can get a rider to work on their compounds.

"The objective is always the same - to increase the grip level and maintain that with the minimum amount of drop-off over the race distance. We are always pleased when a rider is able to record his fastest lap in the closing stages of a race. The progress that we have been able to make, thanks to our increased development resource and particularly the experience and feed-back that we have got from our partnership with Tech 3 Yamaha, and the key role that Carlos Checa has played in this, is clear from the steady improvement in performance and results. The level of competition in MotoGP this year is so high and the results so close - for instance at Brno the gap between winner and 15th at the end of the race was less than 30 seconds, with 4th and 15th separated by only 15 seconds".

As Ferguson has already mentioned, Carlos Checa plays a key role in work with the Dunlop, and has been the most successful rider with the tyres so far this season.

"Carlos has played a vitally important role in our progress. Not only is he the most experienced rider currently in the MotoGP class, having ridden factory bikes for Honda, Yamaha and Ducati on Bridgestone, Michelin and now Dunlop tyres during his 12 year career in the premier class, but he is so committed and involved in helping our development engineers move forward".

"We can't speak highly enough of his attitude and enthusiasm, and the detailed feedback that he provides after every run during race practice, tests and obviously after the race itself ( feedback which invariably is confirmed by the information gained from the data recording ) is invaluable. He plays a big role in motivating everybody involved in the project".

Following on from recent results, the remaining run of races provide more exciting challenges for Dunlop. Ferguson has a clear objective for the final five Grand Prix on the World Championship calendar.

"Hopes and goals for the rest of the Championship? Carry on improving as we have been doing all season and helping all our riders to get the best results possible. How to measure this ? Beating other riders using the same bikes but fitted with a competitor's tyre brand!"

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MotoGP, 2006

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