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Bridgestone explains tyre decision for race

Bridgestone explains tyre decision for race

Following Friday practice at Phillip Island, Bridgestone has requested for MotoGP™ riders to use the harder tyre available to them for Sunday’s race.

For 2013, Phillip Island has a new track surface which has been generally well received by riders. However, having analysed Friday’s data and due to levels of degradation, both prototype and CRT riders have been requested to use the harder tyres available to them for the race on Sunday.

"This morning’s FP1 session was the first chance for us to assess what effect the new Phillip Island surface would have on tyre performance and straight away it was apparent that the new surface offers more grip, which resulted in very quick lap times," confirmed Shinji Aoki, Manager of Bridgestone Motorsport’s Tyre Development Department. "It was great to see times getting close to the circuit best lap time on the opening day!

"We anticipated that the new tarmac at this circuit had the potential to make this circuit even more severe on tyres, so we analysed the tyres used by the riders today to see if this was the case. Our analysis shows that the tarmac has made this track tougher on tyres, so we have decided that - although riders can still use the softer rear slicks for the remaining practice sessions and qualifying - for the race we have specified that all riders use the harder rear slick options available to them."

Sunday’s Tissot Australian Grand Prix will be staged over the course of 27 laps, equating to 120 kilometres or 74.6 miles.


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