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Brno’s long and abrasive track affects tyre choice

Brno’s long and abrasive track affects tyre choice

Going into their eleventh Grand Prix as the single tyre suppliers in MotoGP Bridgestone are all set for the visit to the Czech Republic.

Having won at Brno for the last three years and having supplied the tyres for the top eight finishers last year in the Czech Republic Bridgestone have a great pedigree at the venue for this weekend’s round eleven action.

The Czech circuit is undulating but fairly evenly balanced, with eight right and six left hand corners. It was resurfaced in 2008 and as a result is now more abrasive, hence Bridgestone’s decision to go with hard and extra hard compound front slicks. By contrast, because of the track’s flowing nature the medium and hard compound rear Bridgestone slicks have been selected.

Hiroshi Yamada, Bridgestone’s Motorcycle Sport Unit Manager, previewed the visit to the Czech Republic saying, “I think we are all looking forward to going racing again after the much deserved summer break, and Brno has traditionally been a good circuit for Bridgestone as we have been very successful there in recent years, with three consecutive wins.”

He went on to say, “We have seen some fantastic races so far this season in the single tyre era, and the championship is still close at the front so I’m sure we’ll continue to see more nail-biting competition.”

Bridgestone’s Motorcycle Race Tyre Development Manager Tohru Ubukata added, “Brno has a long lap but an even balance of left and right handed corners so we will bring symmetric compound tyres again. Since it was resurfaced in 2008 Brno has become a more abrasive circuit, so we will bring harder front tyres this season to cope with the loads generated through the fast and flowing corners.”

“The circuit is characterised by its undulating nature and flowing corners that require a great deal of finesse from the riders. This also places a premium on bike setup so that each rider package can use our tyres to the optimum. This is especially crucial on the more abrasive surface where excess sliding can accelerate wear.”


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