Hard Plus Dunlop tyres make a return for Sachsenring

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Whilst Assen brought added interest in the form of changeable weather with the Dunlop wet proving itself in the rain, in intermediate and in drying conditions, round nine of the Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championship provides another challenge.

At Sachsenring the configuration of corners leads to very low heat generation on the right hand side of the tyres. Around two-thirds of the track is predominantly left handed corners before switching to the right and it is important to make sure that there is enough heat generated before the ‘right hand’ section. The emphasis on the left hand side of the tyre also brings high temperatures – the highest in the season after Phillip Island.

A more ‘standard’ track such as Jerez sees temperatures in the order of 105°C but it is usual to see readings from the left hand side of tyres topping 140°C at Sachsenring.

Moto2 has three new Dunlop tyres at Sachsenring since the same race last year. The rear options are the same as at Catalunya with the ‘Hard+’ 067 and 067a compounds nominated as the best options for the track’s testing characteristics. For the front the regular pairing of 102 hard and 302 medium will provide the choice for the riders.

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

Clinton Howe, Dunlop’s Operations Manager for Motorcycle Grand Prix, explains “We expect the Moto2 riders to be opting for the harder options although there was a 50/50 split for both front and rear at the track last year so we will have to wait and see what happens in practice before we get a feel for preferences. We broke the race lap record last year and I can see that time being reduced again given the performances we have seen this season.”

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