MILAN, Italy — The organizer of the MotoGP motorcycle racing championships has granted the exclusive race tire supply contract for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes for three seasons to Pirelli Tyre S.p.A., which already is the supplier for the FIM Superbike World Championship.
As such Pirelli replaces Goodyear's Dunlop brand as the designated tire for these classes. Dunlop has held that distinction since the classes (600cc and 250cc engine displacements, respectively) were launched in 2010 and 2012.
Pirelli's deal covers the 2024-2026 seasons. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Carlos Ezpeleta, chief sporting officer for Dorna WSBK Organization S.r.l., the series' organizing body, said: "These Championships are the best example in motorsport of strong feeder classes that also stand alone as high-level competitions, in terms of both their sporting and commercial value. So we're very happy to have seen such a high level of interest from Pirelli and to reach this agreement.
"Welcoming a new partner also underlines our sport's strong connections and relationships with the industry, and we're very much looking forward to working with Pirelli across a number of areas, including performance, road-relevance and, of course, sustainability."
Aldo Nicotera, senior vice president and head of moto and cycling at Pirelli, added: "This is further recognition of our authority in motorsport and also a clear sign of appreciation for the work we have been carrying out in the Superbike World Championship for 20 years."
Sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), MotoGP is considered the premier form of motorcycle road-racing, with events held on road circuits internationally. The 2023 season comprises 20 racing weekends at circuits in 20 countries on five continents.
Pirelli will supply competitors in both classes with its Diablo Superbike slick tires, reflecting a choice in line with Pirelli's philosophy: "We sell what we race. We race what we sell.".
Group Michelin holds the spec tire supply contract for MotoGP's top class (for 1,000cc bikes) through at least 2026.
Pirelli also is the designated race tire supplier to the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship for production-derived motorcycles. It's also sanctioned by the FIM.
The deal also extends across the Road to MotoGP as Pirelli become the official and sole tire supplier for all classes of the Finetwork FIM JuniorGP World Championship, the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup, the Northern Talent Cup and the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, joining their established commitment to the FIM MiniGP World Series.
The Road to MotoGP is a global talent promotion initiative opening doors and widening access to motorcycle racing across the world.