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Bridgestone review #ItalianGP tyre choices

Bridgestone review #ItalianGP tyre choices

Find out which tyre choice riders made in the MotoGP™ race at Mugello, with all three riders on the podium selecting the same combination.

Bridgestone slick compounds: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium (Asymmetric) & Hard (Symmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds: Hard (Main) & Soft (Alternative)
Weather:   Dry. Ambient 25-26°C; Track 49-49°C (Bridgestone measurement)

Race day brought with it a rise in ambient and track temperatures, with the peak track temperature reading of 49°C during the race being eight degrees higher than the yesterday’s high. However, the rise wasn’t significant enough to influence the riders’ race tyre choice, with no factory Honda or Yamaha riders selecting the hard compound rear slick. All three riders on the podium selected the combination of the medium compound front and rear slicks.

Rear tyre choice saw a fairly even split amongst the twenty-six rider field, with fourteen riders selecting the medium rear slick, and twelve riders selecting the soft compound rear. Front tyre choice showed a strong preference for the medium compound front slick, with twenty-two riders selecting this option, with the remaining four riders opting for the hard compound front.

Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department:
“Today we had the biggest race day crowd at Mugello since 2008 and they were rewarded with seeing two Italian riders on the podium and a masterclass in riding by Jorge Lorenzo. Congratulations to Jorge on yet another strong performance and also Yamaha, who have now won five out of the six races so far this year. We leave Mugello and head to another fantastic event in two weeks’ time at Montmélo and as this circuit has provided some amazing races in the past, I look forward to seeing which riders will step up to try and stop Yamaha’s impressive run of victories.”

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
“Compared to yesterday we had an increase in track temperatures today, but it wasn’t that significant a rise that it affected race tyre choice. Almost every rider used the tyre combination they decided upon after race simulations yesterday afternoon, and as we expected the medium compound front slick was by far the most popular choice for the race. Rear tyre choice was evenly split between the soft and medium compound options and I was pleased to see the riders were able to set a strong, consistent pace in hot conditions at a tough track for tyres.”


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