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Dunlop will be taking a range of tyres for the Moto2™ and Moto3™ categories as the World Championship continues in Indianapolis this weekend, with the new track surface at the world-famous Motor Speedway likely to throw up some unknowns.
When the World Championship last visited Indianapolis in 2013, the MotoGP layout was made up of no less than four different track surfaces. For this season, the modified road course has been completely resurfaced, meaning there are now just two different types of surface on offer: those of the start/finish straight and the infield section. However, the new surface is likely to be notably aggressive at this stage.
‘Experience shows that it can take three Grand Prix events for a new track surface to develop,’ Dunlop explains in its preview to the event. ‘The surface begins life at its most aggressive and with use and time mellows to its eventual degree of abrasion.’
“Dominique Aegerter taking his first Moto2 win the last round was a great way to finish the first half of the season and it was good to see the tyres working so well, with many riders setting their fastest laps in the latter stages of the race,” Clinton Howe, the Motorcycle Grand Prix Operations Manager for Dunlop, explains of the last Grand Prix outing at the Sachsenring in Germany. “The pace was great, too, with the race being a full seven seconds faster than last year.
“Looking forward, Indianapolis is one of the flattest in terms of negligible camber on the corners and previously had a low grip surface. The new surface gives everyone a big unknown so we are bringing tyres that give us a range to cover all eventualities.”
Dunlop’s Indianapolis 2014 weekend will begin with opening practice for the Moto3™ class, which gets underway from 9am local time (GMT -4) on Friday.
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