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Brno resurfacing means revised approach for Bridgestone

Brno resurfacing means revised approach for Bridgestone

A change in asphalt can turn previous form at a MotoGP track on its head, and Brno could see one of those situations for the two warring tyre factions competing in the World Championship.

Holding victories at the last two visits to Brno, Bridgestone have a strong recent pedigree in the Czech Republic. The fabricant will have to switch their strategy for this weekend's race, however, due to a resurfacing undertaken since last year´s outing.

`We have had to revise our approach to the weekend,´ notes Bridgestone Race Tyre Development Manager Tohru Ubukata. `Even if we have been competitive in recent seasons, we have had to produce different tyre compounds for this year´s event compared to the usual Brno-spec in order to adapt to the new surface.´

Bridgestone will not be entirely new to the surface, however, due to a brief trial with their test team. Ubukata thinks that this sojourn was a useful one for the Cardion AB Grand Prix Ceske republiky.

`In accordance with the sporting regulations, and thanks to IRTA, tyre manufacturers were permitted to test at the circuit for two days back in June, and this allowed us the chance to acquire data from this new asphalt, which appears less grippy than before. The track itself is renowned for its elevation changes, which put a real focus on bike set-up and rider confidence, so all elements of the bike-rider-tyre package will be put to the test this weekend.´

Motorcycle Sport Unit Manager Hiroshi Yamada added to the Bridgestone consensus on what to expect from the re-laid track, stating that `This weekend´s race has the added complications of a new track surface, but I am sure we will see a competitive battle at the front, especially with our rivals more determined than ever to renew their championship challenge.´


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