News 30 Jun 2023

Pirelli to become official tyre supplier of Moto2 and Moto3

Grand prix categories to transfer tyre brands ahead of 2024 season.

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Pirelli will become the official tyre supplier to the Moto2 and Moto3 categories from 2024, becoming an integral part of grand prix racing in what opens as a three-year agreement.

Already the sole tyre brand for all classes of the Motul Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) and the brand now extends its two-wheeled portfolio to include Moto2 and Moto3.

“We are proud that Dorna has chosen us to become the new Moto2 and Moto3 supplier for the next three seasons,” said Aldo Nicotera, Pirelli senior vice-president and head of moto. “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.

“With this new supply agreement, we will accompany the young hopefuls of motorcycling to the top competitions, WorldSBK and MotoGP. And, faithful to the philosophy that has distinguished us for years, we will do so by continuing to use standard products on sale in the market and available for purchase to all motorcyclists.”

Diablo Superbike slick tyres will be utilised within both classes, reflecting a choice in line with Pirelli’s philosophy ‘We sell what we race, we race what we sell’. Further details on the supply and type of tyres that will be used will be disclosed in due course.

“We’re super-happy to welcome Pirelli to the paddock as the sole tyre supplier for Moto2 and Moto3, and across the Road to MotoGP,” commented Carlos Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. “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.”

Thanks to this agreement, Moto2 and Moto3 will become an important driver for the further enhancement of the Pirelli brand in terms of both commercial growth and technological development, the series switching from Dunlop. MotoGP, meanwhile, will remain a Michelin category until at least the 2026 season.

Pirelli’s deal, however, does span the Road to MotoGP as the sole tyre supplier for all classes of the FIM JuniorGP World Championship, the Asia Talent Cup, the Northern Talent Cup and the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, joining their established commitment to the FIM MiniGP World Series.