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Tyres to take a pounding in USA

This weekend’s first-ever MotoGP™ race at Circuit of the Americas will require effective tyre management for all concerned, not least as the Texas track contains a number of high-speed, right-handed corners.

Despite the circuit sporting an anti-clockwise nature, tyre supplier Bridgestone has opted for a harder right shoulder to its asymmetric rear tyre compounds. This is due to the sheer loads tyres will be subjected to in right-handed corners, not least in the quadruple-apexed bend towards the end of the lap (officially labelled Turns 16, 17 and 18). Incidentally, most left-handers are taken at comparatively low speeds.

Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department:

"The United States is a very important market to Bridgestone and to increase our presence in this region with a third race on the calendar is welcomed, particularly at such an amazing venue as Circuit of the Americas.

"I am pleased that a new collection of American fans will get to witness what a great motorsport series MotoGP is and I hope they turn out in large number to support their home-grown heroes Ben (Spies), Colin (Edwards) and Nicky (Hayden) and also to cheer on the two American wildcard riders, Blake Young and Michael Barnes."

Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department:

"Austin’s Circuit of the Americas welcomes MotoGP for the first time and its impressive layout created a real challenge for tyre development. Like the other American circuits on the calendar, it is run in a counter-clockwise direction and the track is technical with a mix of tight, slower corners and faster, more open sections. These features combine to place a great importance on front-end feel as maintaining good corner speed is critical at this track, so our front tyres need to provide excellent grip characteristics with plenty of stability, while the rears must give good drive out of the corners.

"Our data from testing shows that the faster right-hand corners at the circuit require slightly harder rubber on the right shoulder of the rear slicks for greater stability and durability, so we will take asymmetric rear slicks to Austin. Front tyre compounds for this race will be Soft & Medium, while the rear slick compounds will be Soft and Medium for CRT riders and Medium and Hard for non-CRT riders."

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MotoGP, 2013

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