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Published: Friday May 23, 2014 MYT 7:32:42 PM
Updated: Friday May 23, 2014 MYT 7:33:41 PM

Michelin to replace Bridgestone as MotoGP tyre supplier

A mechanic transports tyres made by French tyre manufacturer Michelin as he works on the racing circuit during the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in central France, June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

A mechanic transports tyres made by French tyre manufacturer Michelin as he works on the racing circuit during the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in central France, June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

(Reuters) - Michelin will replace Bridgestone as MotoGP's official tyre supplier from 2016, series organisers Dorna said on Friday.

The commercial rights holders said in a statement that the French manufacturer was alone in making a formal tender for the contract after three potential suppliers had expressed an interest.

Bridgestone announced this month that they would be withdrawing from the sport at the end of 2015.

The Japanese company, sole supplier to the top category of grand prix racing since 2009, said it had achieved its objectives of boosting technical ability and enhancing its brand globally.

Britain's Dunlop provides tyres for Moto2 and Moto3.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond)

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