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MOTEGI, JAPAN, SEPT 22: Spec tires may be coming to the MotoGP World Championship.In a posting on the MotoGP website, it was revealed that Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta proposed the introduction of a single tire rule in MotoGP for 2008 at a meeting today of the Grand Prix Commission. The proposal was likely in response to Bridgestone’s dominance of the MotoGP World Championship, at the expense of serial world championship winner Michelin. Ironically, Michelin riders took the top three spots in qualifying for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.
“We have made a proposal in the Grand Prix Commission meeting today to reach an agreement between all the different tire manufacturers for the use of tires in 2008, owing to the situation in which some factories believe that they can’t have tires which they think are competitive. We thought that the best possibility is to go to a one tire rule,” said Ezpeleta.
“This is only an initial proposal. If the situation is not resolved by Malaysia,” in four weeks time, “then all relevant parties-the FIM, IRTA, and the MSMA-will reflect on the situation and during the grand prix weekend make their final decision.”
The news comes on a weekend when tire companies were front and center. In an extraordinary announcement on Friday, HRC President Masumi Hamane said that Honda was hopeful of securing Bridgestone tires for 2008. This was almost immediately contradicted by Bridgestone boss Hiroshi Yamada, who said that Honda had been told three weeks ago that Bridgestone wouldn’t be able to supply them with tires.
Now comes the possibility that Bridgestone will supply the whole field. If the one-tire rule is approved, all the tire makers will be asked to submit proposals.
Spec tires took hold in World Superbike several years ago, with Pirelli the sole supplier. This year’s Formula One championship is the first under a control tire rule, with Bridgestone the lone manufacturer.