Pirelli signs three-year exclusive tyre supplier deal with Moto2 and Moto3

Agreement for MotoGP junior categories runs until to 2026.

Pirelli has signed a three-year exclusive tyre supplier deal with Moto2 and Moto3.

Confirmed:

  • Pirelli takes over from Dunlop as exclusive tyre supplier from next season
  • The deal extends to all junior series under the ‘Road to MotoGP’ banner

Context: MotoGP is currently supplied by Michelin in an agreement until 2026, but Moto2 and Moto3 have regularly taken a different approach when it comes to their agreements. Pirelli has also supplied the Superbike World Championship with tyres since 2004, solidifying its long-standing postion in motorcycle racing.

Comment: Carlos Ezpeleta, chief sporting officer at Dorna Sports, said: “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. 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.”

Consequence: Pirelli obviously supplies Formula One tyres, but it is set to come under threat from Bridgestone, which has reportedly made a bid to oust the Italian company. Supplying junior motorcyle racing series is unlikely to have any bearing on negotations with the biggest motorsport series in the world, but it highlights that Pirelli may be looking at alternatives if they lose their position with Formula One.

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