CRTs get first taste of softer option rear tyre

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

The seasonally cool temperatures at the first Sepang test led to all CRT riders assessing the new soft compound rear slick that is now available exclusively to that class.

Though only tested for short stints at this stage, Bridgestone reported that feedback was generally positive, with a good improvement in rear grip.

After a productive opening day at Sepang, evaluation of the new hard option rear slick for the ‘works’ bikes is planned to take place tomorrow, while CRT times will continue to assess the soft rear slick in what are forecast to be similar weather conditions to today.

Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

"Following two days of rain which severely affected the CRT ECU test, thankfully today we had fine weather which allowed all the riders to do many laps in dry track conditions. All of the CRT riders tested the softer rear slick, which we’ve brought to Sepang for the first time, and their feedback on this specification of tyre was that it offered a good improvement in rear grip. Further testing of this CRT-specific option is scheduled for tomorrow and now that the works teams have had a day to find a base setup, we hope that the weather conditions are warm enough so that we can test the experimental rear slicks featuring our revised hard rubber compounds as well."

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