Bridgestone explains changes for 2013 season

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

2013 sees Bridgestone continue as the sole MotoGP™ tyre supplier for a fifth consecutive season. There are no major changes to the regulations, although a number of tweaks are in place following requests from riders.

This year sees a new practice and qualifying format which has brought with it a revision in tyre allocation, with each rider being given one extra rear slick and an extra set of wet tyres at each race compared to last year.

Bridgestone has also responded to rider requests by allowing selection of up to seven of the softer option rear slicks at each race weekend, compared to six last year. Although the total number of front slicks allocated to each rider remains the same at nine tyres, riders have greater flexibility in how they can select their tyre compounds and can now choose up to six tyres in either the softer or harder slick option - up from five last year. Slick compounds for the front tyre remain unchanged this season, though the names of the front slick compounds have been revised to Extra-Soft, Soft, Medium and Hard to make them consistent with the rear slick tyre.

For those in the field competing with CRT bikes, a new softer rear slick has been made available from this season onwards.

 

Slick compounds available for Round 1 in Qatar:

Front: Soft and Hard

Rear: Medium and Hard (Asymmetric)

 

Explanations courtesy of Bridgestone MotoGP

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