MADRID, Spain—The marketing promoter for the international MotoGP motorcycle racing series has extended the series' spec race tire contract for MotoGP's top class with Group Michelin through at least 2026.
Michelin has been the sole race tire supplier for MotoGP's 1,000cc class since 2016, according to Dorna Sports S.r.l., the Madrid-based promoter of MotoGP.
Dunlop Motorsports, a Goodyear business unit, is the spec tire supplier for the global motorcycle racing series' Moto2 and Moto3 classes through at least 2023.
As part of the agreement with Michelin, the brand will continue to be featured trackside at each event and will be the title sponsor of one Grand Prix each season. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Michelin Motorsports supplies tires for the series' top class, for 1,000cc prototype machines. That contract runs through the 2023 season.
Dorna Sports is the exclusive commercial and television rights holder of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix series, which is sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme.
Michelin CEO Florent Menegaux said Michelin has been "very satisfied with the results obtained since Michelin's return to MotoGP … [and] are particularly proud of the technological progress made with our tires, as well as the many circuit records established together with our partners.
"This championship offers its fans a very exciting spectacle, accessible through digital platforms without equal in motorsport," Menegaux added. "For us, being a partner of MotoGP means engaging with both spectators and all players in the discipline using our tires, our brand and our innovations. We see indeed motorsport like a lab that encourages transfers of expertise and swift application of our sustainable solutions that benefit everyone."
Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta commented: "We're … delighted that we will reach a decade of collaboration and I hope we can continue building on this incredible foundation together."
MotoGP is 14 races into the 18-race 2021 season. There are 30 riders competing in MotoGP's top class, riding on bikes from six manufacturers—Aprillia, Ducati, Honda, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha.