On, Then Off Again - Ezpeleta Was Just Kidding About Single Tire Rule

With the championship sewn up, it seems that all the excitement in the MotoGP series now comes from "The Tire Issue." In frankly bizarre statements to the Italian sports daily Gazzetto dello Sport, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta admitted that he had only threatened to move the series to a single tire make to get the tire manufacturers to "put their own personal interests to one side in order to make the championship more interesting."

Ezpeleta, it seems, was concerned that the excitement had disappeared entirely out of the MotoGP series, and decided that discussions between the tire makers needed a kick start to move the situation forward. His proposals, or rather, in the light of his comments to Il Gazzetto, his threat to move to a single, control tire was part of a strategy to shake things up, and get the companies to talk. And his strategy seems to have worked, according to Ezpeleta, as a single tire rule is now less likely than before. With the companies close to an agreement on the rules, and Michelin promising to put more effort in closing the gap which Bridgestone had opened up, the need for radical solutions is receding.

The final decision on this issue will be taken in Malaysia, when the Grand Prix Commission meets during the weekend of the Malaysian round of MotoGP at Sepang.

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