2014 MotoGP: The New Open Class Gives Bridgestone a Hard Time

Casey Stoner testing the 2014 Honda RCV1000R production racer 1 photo
They say that the months of December and January are the quiet ones for MotoGP but there are a lot of people working day in – day out behind closed doors to have things running smoothly for the next season. It's the case of the official tire provider of the series, Bridgestone.
After the official post-race test at Valencia, Bridgestone technicians have witnessed the huge amount of work they're up to through the winter: the new bikes in the Open Class (former CRT) are way more powerful than they were. And Hiroshi Yamada, head of Bridgestone Motorsport says the task of delivering a super soft rear tire for the class is a real challenge.

Problem is, the factory-leased engines and production racers are now riding in the Open class, and this means a hefty performance hike. Valencia clearly showed that Bridgestone's current line-up was no longer good enough.

Yamada also mentions that the immediate goal is to find at least two options for the rear tires for each track, while the new warm-up tires should also bring in better mileage.

However, some winds whisper that the super soft option might be dropped...

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