Now that it has been made official, and before the contract is awarded, which will undoubtedly containing a clause silencing any criticism of the tires or tire company, reaction to the announcement of a single tire rule from figures directly involved in the paddock is starting to emerge.
The racing websites Autosport.com and GPOne.com have one such response, from no less a figure than Jeremy Burgess, the technical genius behind both Mick Doohan's and Valentino Rossi's 11 combined world championships. Burgess is emphatic: in JB's opinion, the move to a single tire rule is a mistake.
"I'm against it, this is a prototype championship and you need as many prototype factors in it, driving it forward, as possible. If it's dumbed down, we could very easily end up as a pseudo Superbike championship."
Burgess doesn't think the switch to a single tire supplier will make the racing any closer, either. "The cream will always rise to the top" he said on Autosport.com. Burgess also pointed out that in his opinion, the best battle at Motegi was between Lorenzo on Michelins and Pedrosa on Bridgestone tires.