After two seasons of Moto2 World Championship competition, exclusive tyre supplier Dunlop feels ready to reduce the range of rear compounds needed during the 2012 season.

Dunlop will retain two front tyre compounds, but rear compounds will be reduced from last year's seven to five.

Dunlop's Moto2 coordinator Clinton Howe explained: "Our aim is to get more performance from a range of fewer tyre options and everything from our simulations and testing are suggesting that this is achievable.

"For 2012 we have been able to increase the operating windows of our rear compounds to mean that we have allocated five rear compounds for the season, compared with the seven allocated for 2011.

"In our recent pre-season test at Jerez, lap times were very quickly at 2011 race levels, with the fastest lap on the first day just three tenths off last year's pole time.

"Feedback was good and there's a real feeling heading into the championship's third season that we're set for another year of fantastic, close and high-speed competition.

"As always, we monitor every test and race meeting, so we are able to react quickly if we can see any opportunities to continuously develop our range of tyres."

The 2012 Moto2 season starts at Qatar this weekend.

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