Bridgestone make proposal to be single tyre supplier in 2009

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Japanese tyre manufacturers Bridgestone have submitted their proposal to the FIM and Dorna to be the sole supplier of tyres in MotoGP in 2009.

In a meeting held on Saturday at Phillip Island the Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Claude Danis (FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Mr. Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), were informed that Bridgestone has sent a proposal to the FIM and Dorna to be the single tyre supplier in MotoGP for 2009.

The proposal will be studied and an announcement will be made on 18th October 2008 in Sepang, Malaysia.

Bridgestone´s current competitors in the premier class, Michelin, did not submit a proposal as confirmed by a press release from the French tyre company themselves on Saturday.

Hiroshi Yamada, Bridgestone´s Motorcycle Sport Unit Manager, commented, `We submitted our proposal yesterday and we have heard that Michelin didn´t apply. At the moment they have not decided yet which company will supply the tyres for next year, but as we are the only manufacturer (to propose) there is a very high possibility that we will be the supplier for next year´.

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