New rubber for the first MotoGP test
The world’s largest rubber goods manufacturer begins its fifth season as the official tyre supplier of MotoGP by heading out to Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit for the first MotoGP test of 2013.
Bridgestone has recently developed a new, more user-friendly hard rubber compound. Tyre development over the winter focused on creating a choice of softer rear slicks specifically for the CRT class in order to keep with Bridgestone’s philosophy of creating safer race tyres with superior warm-up performance and rider feel.
The slicks developed for the CRT class will feature the same construction, though they will utilise compounds one step softer than those provided to the factory and satellite entries from Ducati, Honda and Yamaha. The upcoming Sepang test marks the first major trial for this new range of slicks developed for CRT entries. Bridgestone will analyse data from the riders using these new slicks, while also working closely with Dorna and the FIM before a final decision will be made on whether these tyres are made available for the upcoming season.
Bridgestone’s other off-season development, a revised hard rubber compound, is slightly softer in composition moving it closer to the medium specification compound in character. This improvement aims to further widen the performance window of slick tyres using the hard rubber compound, encouraging greater use of this option at races.
Bridgestone will supply the ‘works’ machines with experimental tyres featuring this new hard rubber compound at Sepang for evaluation.