Bridgestone Changes Tires for Silverstone GP

Since teams competing in the MotoGP World Championship Series are bound to use tires from Bridgestone until the end of 2014, they will also have to comply with the japanese manufacturer’s latest decision to adjust the tire compound for this season’s Round 6.

Last year, the Silverstone GP presented Bridgestone with the challenge of preparing for a brand new circuit and making the important choice of tire compound options based only on samples of the track surface and circuit design data.

Now, with the benefit of actual data, track-time and rider feedback on which to draw, Bridgestone have taken this opportunity to carefully rethink tire compound choices for Silverstone, going one step softer with the front slicks.

Silverstone is quite an abrasive circuit and high-speed, both of which generate tyre temperature, and armed with theoretical data last year the medium and hard compounds were chosen as the most suitable. This year however the front slicks are available in soft and medium compounds as the soft front has proved it has sufficient durability and stability under the hard braking experienced, and it has the added benefit of improved warm-up performance.

The asymmetric rear slicks are still available in medium and hard compounds, but this year the left shoulder of the medium option incorporates the extra soft compound developed to provide improved warm-up performance.

“We have changed our front tyre compound selection slightly this year and I think this shows our desire to constantly assess and analyze the situation we are in and where we can improve our tyre offering for the riders. Dani and Colin missed the Catalunya GP with broken collarbones and whilst Colin will be back at Silverstone which is a very impressive show of determination and strength, I wish Dani a speedy recovery and hope we can see him back on track soon,”
said Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department.
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