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Sepang proves good test ground for new Bridgestones

Sepang proves good test ground for new Bridgestones

With Dani Pedrosa going below lap record with a hard front and medium rear tyre selection, and the CRTs giving good feedback on their new softer option rear slick, Bridgestone has every reason to call the last three days a testing success.

In a welcome change to the CRT ECU test which took place on the two days before the group test, the weather at Sepang over the three days of testing was mainly fine, with only the last hour of the second and third day of testing affected by rainfall. Track temperatures over the three days varied from 27°C to 55°C and thanks to the mainly fine weather, all the slick tyres Bridgestone brought to Malaysia, including a CRT-specific soft rear slick and two hard compound rear slicks for the Ducati, Honda and Yamaha machines were tested extensively. Large amounts of rider feedback and empirical data was collected and will now be analysed at Bridgestone’s technical centre in Kodaira, Japan.

Bridgestone will be back on the ground at Sepang for the next MotoGP™ group test, which will take place from February 25-28.

Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“This was a very good test for us and has helped refine the direction of our tyre development for this year. The CRT-specific rear slick we brought to Sepang gave the CRT riders an improvement in rear grip with enough durability to make it a viable race option, so this is promising. Testing of the two new hard compounds we supplied to the works teams also provided useful data, and we will now look to test these options at different tracks in future as part of our on-going tyre development programme.

“Overall, I’m pleased with what we achieved here in Malaysia and I’d like to thank all the teams and riders for their cooperation over the last five days of testing. I’m also happy that so few riders crashed during the test and I hope this trend continues throughout the pre-season tests.”

Bridgestone slick compounds available:

Front: Hard, Extra-hard

Rear: Soft, Medium, Hard (Asymmetric)

Information courtesy of Bridgestone.

MotoGP, 2013

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