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Suzuki to run Bridgestone tyres in 2004

Suzuki to run Bridgestone tyres in 2004

Suzuki to run Bridgestone tyres in 2004

Suzuki Racing have announced that they will run Bridgestone tyres in the 2004 MotoGP World Championship. The Japanese factory, who began their MotoGP four-stroke project with Dunlop before switching to Michelin midway through the 2002 season, have cited the fact that Bridgestone are also based in Japan as one of the main reasons for the switch, claiming that the development program will benefit from faster communications, greater testing opportunities and enhanced engineering development.

A statement from Suzuki said:

"Bridgestone has made great advances in their MotoGP tire program in 2003. The company joined the premier class for the first time in 2002 and in only their second season, Bridgestone-shod machines were challenging for pole position and finishing in top-three rostrum positions. The overall development of Bridgestone tyre performance has impressed many observers over the last 12 months and they were able to keep pace while still learning the special demands of the fastest and most powerful racing motorcycles. This proves the high level of their technology, and gives Suzuki confidence in future tyre development.

"Suzuki Motor Corporation would like to express its sincere gratitude and goodwill to Michelin, the factory's racing partners for nearly three decades. Together Suzuki and Michelin have won six World Championships, achieving racing success both on the 500cc two-strokes and the new-generation 990cc four-strokes. The partnership has been valuable to both, and the good relationship between the Japanese motorcycle factory and the French tyre manufacturers remains otherwise unchanged."

John Hopkins and Kenny Roberts began testing the new tyres at a three day test in Malaysia on Friday at the Sepang International Circuit.

MotoGP, 2003

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