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MotoGP opens three-week tyre tender to find Bridgestone replacement

Bridgestone MotoGPMotoGP promoter Dorna has set a target of finding a 2016 tyre supplier within the next three weeks after Bridgestone's surprise decision to withdraw from the sport.

Bridgestone, which has been MotoGP's sole tyre supplier since 2009, announced on Thursday morning that it would close its programme at the end of next year.

Dorna and motorcycle racing's governing body the FIM opened an immediate tender for a new tyre supplier, with a closing date of May 22.

A Dorna statement added: "Dorna Sports SL wishes to thank Bridgestone for the years of great collaboration and success in the championship."

Dunlop and Bridgestone were Bridgestone's last rivals in MotoGP before they pulled out at the end of 2007 and '08 respectively.

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