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High grip levels are expected again for this year’s Phillip Island round of the MotoGP™ World Championships, with Dunlop well-prepared for the 2014 Tissot Australian Grand Prix following a March test at the venue for this weekend’s racing.
The South-Eastern Australian venue is rated as one of the most aggressive in the world but a specific tyre test at the track and bespoke Dunlop Moto2™ development has produced race-distance proven special hard options for this weekend.
Dunlop spent three days testing at the track in March with two teams and four riders focussing on durability and pace, establishing options that achieved race distance with faster lap times than 2013. In the all-important twisty sections, the Moto2 pace was faster than most MotoGP bike times. The new designs feature low heat generation and heat resistant compounds in addition to new tread constructions and belt materials. Three tyres from the test were agreed to be favoured options for the race from which Dunlop has selected the two most suitable for racing conditions at the track this weekend.
The 4,448 metre circuit has five right and seven left turns and the increased grip last year brought new lap records from the first practice sessions. Any track presents the task of balancing maximum speed potential with race distance needs and the Dunlop engineers will work particularly closely with the teams to help get optimum tyre and bike settings for the 25 lap Phillip Island race.
After success in Japan using the new Moto3™ H2 front compound and construction Dunlop will allocate the same front tyre choice in Australia. Moto3 riders were able to increase their confidence with this harder tyre much more than in previous events. In Moto2, the medium and hard options will be available for the front with the two bespoke special hard specifications for the rear.
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