It’s six years since MotoGP tyres were supplied by a single supplier, and with the contract with Bridgestone due to expire at the end of this year there are expected to be big changes to the tyre supply from next season.
According to reports in the Spanish publication Motociclismo, Dorna have begun negotiations with several tyre suppliers including Michelin, Pirelli and Dunlop with the latter being the current tyre supplier of Moto2 and Moto3, about the contract for 2015 and beyond. It is understood that if Bridgestone would like to continue as the official tyre supplier then Dorna have a number of conditions which the tyre manufacturer must meet, which they appear reluctant to do at this stage.
One of the main conditions appears to be expanding the range of tyres available on each race weekend, giving the teams greater choice and making tyre choice have a bigger impact on race performance. The tyres have also come in for some criticism lately, notbaly from Jorge Lorenzo during pre-season testing as well as being partly blamed by Ducati for their front end problems.
It will be interesting to see what develops over the next few months, but it certainly looks like there will be some changes to the tyre regulations from next season onwards.