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Bridgestone pleased with new slicks tested at Sepang

Bridgestone pleased with new slicks tested at Sepang

The official tyre supplier to the MotoGP class introduced two new specifications of slick tyre for testing and developmental purposes at the Sepang test last week.

During the two-day test at the Sepang circuit, Bridgestone introduced two new specifications of slick tyre for testing and development purposes. In addition to the normal two-day test allocation, each rider received one medium compound rear slick tyre that will replace last year’s version for this season, and one developmental specification front slick tyre which will help determine the future direction of Bridgestone’s tyre technology.

Every rider used the new rear slick tyre with the exception of San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli, who fell on Friday before he got the chance to try the new specification. Amid limited testing, it was an important opportunity for teams and riders to test the new tyre before its race debut, and the feedback was very positive with reports of improved edge grip and consistency.

By contrast, the new hard compound front slick tyre was an experimental test intended to direct Bridgestone’s fundamental development of future compound technology. One tyre was provided for every rider, but it was tested on-track by Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Colin Edwards, Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso, and Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi and Álvaro Bautista, all of whom recorded a significant amount of important data for Bridgestone.

Tohru Ubukata – Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department:

“This was a very valuable test for us as we were able to introduce and collect good feedback from two new specifications of tyre. The front tyre test especially was a very good study for our future development. I would like to thank all the teams and riders for being so wiling in their support and playing a crucial role in our tyre development.”

“Both days of the test were dry and so the conditions improved throughout the two days. Our new medium compound rear tyre was used by most teams on the second day, and it was then that the times were fastest. Valentino recorded the best time, 0.3 seconds faster than his qualifying record from last year and 0.7 seconds faster than his best time at the previous Sepang test. The performance of our new rear tyre is even better than last year’s medium compound rear in terms of operating range, consistency and edge grip, and I am very confident about using it this season.”

Press release courtesy of Bridgestone

MotoGP, 2010

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