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Moto2™ hard front tyre to make race debut at Mugello

Moto2™ hard front tyre to make race debut at Mugello

Following the successful debut of Dunlop’s new Moto3™ tyres at Le Mans, Moto2™ riders get their hands on some new compounds at Mugello.

The Hard ‘3’ was successfully tested, but the Italian track will be the first opportunity for FIM Moto World Championship riders to race on the compound.

Mugello will be the second consecutive race to see new Dunlop tyres being put through their paces in a race after the Moto3 riders had the opportunity to compete on the new Soft ‘1’ and Medium ‘1’ rear tyres and the narrower deeper profiled front tyres at Le Mans. All four new tyres were chosen in a variety of combinations by the riders with the Medium ‘1’ and Medium front proving to be the winning combination for Romano Fenati.

Mugello 2014 Highlights

Mugello saw Rabat take his third win of the year with Salom close behind, but the pair had pulled a big margin ahead of the rest of the field. Rabat won from pole position on the ‘997’ hard rear while Salom had a harder charge from sixth on the grid for which he chose the medium compound ‘9855’. Rabat not only beat the race lap record on lap 19 of 21, but set a new best race time for the track, beating the previous record by a full seven seconds.

Fact: Mugello saw plenty of position changes – In Moto2 Simone Corsi finished fourth having started in 22nd using the same tyre choice as winner Rabat. In Moto3 Miguel Oliveira was the only top six finisher to have opted for anything other than medium compound tyres. He gained 15 places to finish fourth using a hard front tyre.

Simon Betney, International Event Manager, Dunlop Motorsport:
“The new tyres were received very well at Le Mans and it is interesting to start seeing riders using the softer tyre for race advantage. It will be good to see more riders choose the softer option now that they have seen how durable it is in race conditions. All the tyres performed well with lap records being broken on their first race. We hope to have the same positive response to the new Moto2 tyre this weekend in


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