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Bridgestone investigating tyre-issues after Assen race

Bridgestone investigating tyre-issues after Assen race

Following an eventful Iveco TT Assen where some riders suffered issues with their rear tyre, Bridgestone has said it will commence a full investigation to get to the root of the problem.

Track temperatures hit the 40°C mark for the race, which was more than 20°C warmer than last year’s Dutch TT. Tyre selection for the race was fairly similar to that for qualifying, with all riders selecting the harder front slick option for its greater cornering stability, while rear tyre choice was more varied with thirteen of the twenty riders selecting the softer rear slick.

Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

"Today’s race was held under sunny skies and the fans that came to the circuit witnessed a fantastic race with many interesting battles throughout the field. Congratulations to Casey and Repsol Honda for a great win in what must have been a tough race. It was unfortunate that Jorge had some bad luck and couldn’t challenge for the win and I am sorry that some riders experienced tyre problems during the race. We are now investigating the issue and will report back to teams with our findings at the next race."

Shinichi Yamashita – General Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

"Today’s Dutch TT saw warm track temperatures and the race was run at a good pace with all riders selecting the harder front slick, while all but seven riders selected the softer slick option for the rear. Unfortunately a few riders experienced a problem with their rear tyre today and we sincerely apologise to those riders affected. We have commenced a full investigation into the matter and I will personally take the affected tyres back to Bridgestone’s Technical Centre in Japan where they will undergo detailed analysis to determine the cause of this issue."

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MotoGP, 2012, IVECO TT ASSEN

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