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Dunlop continues 2018 FIM Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships in Catalunya and Assen

Moto2 & Moto3 InFocus: June 

Dunlop continues 2018 FIM Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships in Catalunya and Assen 

Round seven of the 2018 FIM Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships get underway in Catalunya on 17 June, with round eight two weeks later at Assen on 1 July. The six races so far have produced battles throughout the field, and have resulted in records broken across the board. As always Dunlop heads to the next two rounds with two option tyres for each class, carefully selected to suit each circuit and all manufacturers, and provide the necessary grip, stability and durability for the two lightweight classes.

May Recap – More records broken 

Le Mans saw records broken across both Moto3 and Moto2, with Jorge Martin securing a third Moto3 pole spot of the year, with a record-breaking 1:42.039. The first 16 Moto3 riders were under the lap record. All riders chose the medium front and rear Dunlop tyre, except Marco Bezzecchi who selected the S1 rear. Martin and Bezzecchi matched each other throughout the race, only for the pair to collide on the last lap. Albert Arenas went on to take the win but Martin came away with a new lap record. In Moto2 Francesco Bagnaia also broke the record in qualifying by nearly half a second, to take his first pole of the season. He went on to win, his second of the year, but became the first Moto2 rider to win from pole this year.

Two weeks later the Dunlop riders headed to Mugello, where Jorge Martin took a fourth Moto3 pole of the year, all riders choosing the medium tyres. Qualifying was closely matched, the first eight under the existing lap record. Martin went on to win his third race of the year after a close battle for the top four, the lead trio crossing the line just five hundredths of a second apart. Marco Bezzecchi in second claimed a new lap record. In Moto2 Miguel Oliviera came through the field from 11th to win his first race of 2018 after a titanic battle with Lorenzo Baldassarri over the last six laps. The race saw temperatures hit 50 degrees which offered Dunlop no issues, with excellent tyre performance and competitive lap times throughout the race. 

#ForeverForward 2018

Two riders are tied at the top of Dunlop’s overtaking league ForeverForward, which showcases a rider’s determination and commitment across both classes. Moto2 riders Miguel Oliviera and Andrea Locatelli are both on 39 points after six rounds, a single point ahead of Moto3 rider Andrea Migno. In fact things couldn’t be closer with ten points separating the top 12 riders. The biggest mover in Le Mans was Moto3 racer Aron Canet, who was handed a grid penalty for the race, but leapt 20 places from his P28 grid position to finish eighth. Three riders shared the accolade for the most places gained in Mugello, Dominique Aergerter (Moto2), and Moto3 riders Joe Roberts and Manuel Pagliani all moved up 14 places each as they worked their way through the field.

#ForeverForward after round six:

  1. Miguel Oliviera (Moto2)       39       
  2. Andrea Locatelli (Moto2)    39
  3. Andrea Migno (Moto3)        38       
  4. Iker Lecuona (Moto2)          36
  5. Joan Mir (Moto2)                  31
  6. Livio Loi (Moto3)                  31
  7. Aron Canet (Moto3)             30
  8. Jaume Masia (Moto3)         31
  9. Alonso Lopez (Moto3)         30
  10. Brad Binder (Moto2)            30
  11. Federico Fuligni (Moto2)     30       

The full #ForeverForward table can be seen here.

Round 7: Catalunya – 17 June 2018

  • The Catalunya track has been completely resurfaced for 2018
  • The circuit has also been modified at the former Turn 12, which now becomes T13
  • The changes also include a bigger run off area, extended by 20 metres

Catalunya Track Facts:

  • Length: 4.627km
  • Left Turns: 6
  • Right Turns: 8
  • Energy level: High
  • Left:right bias: 40% / 60%

Tyre Allocation Catalunya: 

Front: Medium '2' (yellow)
Rear: Medium ‘3’ (yellow) / Extra Hard ‘S1’ 

Front: Soft (black on yellow) / Medium ‘M’ (black on silver)
Rear: Medium ‘M1’ (black on silver) / Hard ‘H3’ (yellow on black)

Catalunya 2017 Highlights

  • Joan Mir made best use of his medium compound tyres to come out on top after a titanic battle with pole-sitter Jorge Martin, who led the Moto3 race until the final sector
  • Alex Marquez dominated the Moto2 race, to take a commanding 3.5 second win on his medium rear

Round 8: Assen – 1 July 2018

  • The oldest race on the MotoGP schedule, Assen celebrates its 88th event in 2018
  • It is popularly known as ‘The Cathedral’ of motorcycling

Assen Track Facts:

  • Length: 4.5km
  • Left Turns: 6
  • Right Turns: 12
  • Energy level: Mid
  • Left:right bias: 35% / 65%

Tyre Allocation Assen: 

Front: Medium '2' (yellow)
Rear: Soft '2R1’ (yellow) / Medium '3’  

Front: Soft ‘S’ (black on yellow) / Medium ‘M’ (black on silver)
Rear: Medium ‘M1’ (black on silver) / Hard ‘H3’ (yellow on black)

Assen 2017 Highlights

  • Franco Morbidelli took his fifth Moto2 win beating Thomas Luthi by just 0.158s
  • The top five finishers were separated by just 0.6s
  • In Moto3 the race was even closer, the top nine were separated by less than a second

2018 Tyre Specifications

The 2018 specification tyres remain similar to last season but see an increase in the number of sets available in Moto2. Eight pieces of the No.2 front will be allocated to each team. Data gathered from last year allows Dunlop to carefully select the best tyres for each race, offering a number of options of the Moto2 rear, designed to cater for the demands of different tracks and surfaces. The options for Moto3 remain the same as last season, and once again will offer the best grip and increased durability.

In response to requests from the fans, Dunlop has simplified its colour coding across Moto2, starting with the opening race in Qatar. Dunlop takes a different selection of tyre options to each event for the riders and teams to select from, however this year only the softest option tyre of that weekend’s range will be colour coded bright yellow. This year, the change only applies to Moto2, but Dunlop will seek feedback from fans and commentators before deciding on implementing a similar system in Moto3 next year.



Medium ‘2’ (Front)Soft ‘S’ / ’S1’ (black on yellow)
Supersoft ‘0’Medium ‘M’ / ’M1’ (black on silver)
Soft ’2R1’ Hard ’H3’(yellow on black)
Medium ’3’  
Hard ‘4’ 
Extra Hard ‘S1’  
Special Hard ‘S2’