Bridgestone, the Official tire Supplier to MotoGP has made a revision to the front slick tire allocation system to give riders more choice and a greater number of tires at each race weekend.
The change in the allocation means each rider will now be able to choose their front tire allocation from three different compound options, whereas before only two compound options were available. Additionally, the total number of front slicks each rider can use per race weekend increases from nine to ten tires. The decision to change the front slick tire allocation was made following last weekend’s Argentina Grand Prix, where the provision of three front slick options for the inaugural race at Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo was welcomed by the riders and teams.
The change in front tire allocation was ratified by the FIM and Dorna, and will take effect from this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“This change to the front slick tire allocation will give riders greater choice at each race weekend, and will ensure that we have a tire allocation that can manage any weather or track conditions encountered. MotoGP machines are becoming ever more demanding on tires, with improved lap times and a greater variety in the performance characteristics between bikes, so an increased front tire allocation will benefit everybody. Following the positive experience with the expanded front slick allocation at the Argentina Grand Prix, Bridgestone proposed to offer three front slick compound options to riders for the entire MotoGP season, and the FIM and Dorna have agreed to implement this change.”
Below is a summary of the new front tire allocation system.
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.