Allpart Supply Inc. has opened a training facility in Arlington, Texas, for wheel balancing and automotive lift owners and operators.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa won his first Grand Prix of the year at Brno last weekend, breaking the winning streak of his teammate Marc Marquez. For the second race in a row, second and third place went to the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP duo of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi respectively.
Conditions for the race were cool and dry, with a peak track temperature of 29°C recorded at the start of the race. The conditions yielded a very quick pace around the 5.403 kilometer circuit, with Pedrosa setting a new Circuit Record Lap time of 1’56.027 and the total race time in 2014 being three seconds quicker than the old record.
Q&A with Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle tire Development Department
Brno is not a particularly severe circuit for tires, but one that demands optimal bike setup to make best use of the tires. Overall are you satisfied with the weekend Bridgestone had in the Czech Republic?
“Yes, the biggest challenge for teams at Brno is to ensure they find a setup that gives good cornering performance without compromising good acceleration onto the straight sections. There are many left-right combinations joined by straight sections and to be competitive, you need to have good drive out of the corners. If your setup isn’t optimized for these sections, you can get excessive rear spinning which not only hurts your lap times, but also tire durability. The unsettled conditions meant we had less time than usual for the teams to work on setup, but generally most teams got it right. The race itself was run at a very quick and consistent pace, with a new Circuit Record Lap and total race time record set so I am satisfied with how our tires performed at Brno. ”
FP2 at Brno was the first fully-wet session of the year and was the first chance for the rookie riders to properly evaluate the Bridgestone wet tires. Their reaction was very positive, are you surprised when you hear the rider comments about how different the Bridgestone wet tires are?
“Every rider who tries our MotoGP wet tires for the first time is very impressed at how hard they can brake on corner entry and the lean angles they can achieve. Touching your elbow on the ground while cornering in the dry is one thing, however riders can’t believe this is possible in the wet, but with our tires it is a possibility so this is a new experience for them. There are many differences between a slick and wet tire; apart from the grooved tread pattern the compounds used are much softer, and the construction of the tire is more flexible, but the technology we use in our wet tires is just as advanced as that which we incorporate in our slick tires.
“The overall effect is that our wet tires offer excellent, consistent grip in wet conditions, but also perform well on drying asphalt. The performance of our wet tires is something we are quite proud of.”
There was a MotoGP group test at Brno on Monday. What new tire developments did you offer to the riders for evaluation?
“On Monday the track conditions were very good in comparison to what we had on Sunday, and many riders were able to set better lap times using the same tire combinations they used for the race. We offered our new asymmetric front slick to all riders to evaluate at Brno, and some riders took the opportunity to test these and provide us with feedback. Although the Brno circuit is quite balanced in terms of layout and isn’t a circuit where an asymmetric front slick would be offered, we wanted riders to test the braking stability, as well as the transition while cornering of this new development. Overall the reaction to this tire is that it will work very well at circuits like Phillip Island which have a big difference in the number of right and left corners, so we will be bringing this new front slick to the Phillip Island and Valencia rounds this year as part of our tire allocation, which we feel will improve safety levels for the riders to an even higher level.”
Colleen Horn Doyle, a fourth-generation member of the McCarthy family, is the new corporate attorney for McCarthy Tire Service Inc.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is recalling certain Discover M+S Sport tires in 15- through 19-inch sizes. The potential number of units affected is 7,067.
Tire Factory Inc. members have rebranded the vast majority of their 206 stores to the Point S banner at a breakneck pace. And leaders of the Oregon-based cooperative are unveiling new programs with two big hopes: the momentum of current members continues, and more independent tire dealers join their network.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. posted net income of $69.3 million on net sales of $783.9 million for its fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016. That compares to income of $59.2 million on sales of $775.5 million for the same period in 2015.
ATV Inc. has acquired six stores in the greater Los Angeles metro area. The purchase expands ATV's network of American Tire Depot stores to 98 outlets, all in California.
The Mid-America Tire Dealers Association (MATDA) has joined the social media content platform developed by the Tire Industry Association (TIA) and the Automotive Marketing Foundation (AMF).
Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. reported a net loss of 12.3 billion yen on net sales of 381.6 billion yen for its fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2016. That compares to net income of 1.6 billion yen on net sales of 407.8 billion yen for fiscal 2015.
Omni United (S) Pte. Ltd. has signed Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) golfer Jodi Ewart Shadoff as ambassador for its flagship Radar tires brand for the second straight year.
The president of Meineke Car Care Centers LLC says consumers want to do business with big brands, and he expects that overall shopping trend will affect the automotive aftermarket.
Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. will increase prices on GT Radial brand tires in the U.S. and Canada, effective April 1, 2017.
An upcoming free webinar, "Commitments: Understanding Customer Buying Decisions," will help improve your retail selling experience. It will be held today, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, starting at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT), and last an hour.
The last two months of the year proved to be busier than expected, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA). Way busier.
Margins on consumer tires helped boost Groupe Michelin’s net income 43% in 2016. Michelin posted net income of 1.7 billion euros on net sales of 20.9 billion euros for its fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2016. That compares to income of 1.2 billion euros on sales of nearly 21.2 billion euros for fiscal 2015.
The BFGoodrich tire brand developed its off-road identity four decades ago in the Baja peninsula in Mexico. Now Michelin North America Inc. is recognizing the region's importance with a $10,000 donation.