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Bridgestone expands front tire choices for MotoGP riders

Posted on April 30, 2014
Bridgestone's BATTLAX front slick as used in MotoGP.

Bridgestone's BATTLAX front slick as used in MotoGP.

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.

  • 10 front slicks per rider (up from nine) from three compound options (up from two compounds)
  • Riders can select a maximum of six slicks in either of the two prime specification compounds, and a maximum of three of the option specification compound.
  • Each rider will receive an initial allocation of seven front tires and can choose the rest of their allocation following FP2.
  • After FP2, each rider can choose three extra tires to complete their allocation. The rider can choose a maximum of three front tires in either of the prime allocation compounds. Alternatively, each rider can select a maximum of two front tires from the option compound, plus one of the prime compounds to make up their full allocation of ten front tires.

Related Topics: Argentina Grand Prix, Bridgestone, Hiroshi Yamada, MotoGP

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