Pirelli has given a clear indication that it will not
submit a bid to assume the control tyre supply for the MotoGP World Championship from 2016 onwards in the wake of Bridgestone's impending withdrawal.
Bridgestone announced it will exit its role as the sole tyre supplier to the premier motorcycling series at the end of the 2015 MotoGP season, raising speculation as to which companies will submit a tender to replace it by May 22.
Among those with the proven capability to take over the role is Italian tyre firm Pirelli, which has established a high-profile portfolio of motorsport series' in recent years, most notably F1 and World Superbikes, with the latter's takeover by Dorna prompting rumours that it could look to use the tyre supply to further distinguish WSBK from MotoGP in terms of lap time.
However, speaking at the Spanish F1 Grand Prix in Barcelona, Pirelli's Motorsport Director Paul Hembery says MotoGP is not in its plans, preferring to focus on its relationship with the Superbike series'.
“We're heavily involved with superbikes and the promoter is the same, so we are bound to have been in discussions, but there's no plans at the moment to do anything,” he said. “Our motorcycle team are reviewing that, but I have to say as a company we are very happy with our involvement in superbikes.”
Michelin, which won 26 500cc/MotoGP titles from 1976-2006 before losing its supremacy to Bridgestone, is currently being tipped to take over the role of exclusive tyre supplier.
Bridgestone beat Michelin to the title in 2007 and 2008, before assuming the contract as the control tyre supplier from 2009.