Bridgestone revises slick tyre marking system for the 2015 MotoGP season
Following a successful debut of a new MotoGP slick tire marking system in 2014, Bridgestone has introduced new colours to its tire line-up in 2015 to reflect new tire developments being made available to riders this year.
The revision to the tire marking system has been the result of more options of slick tire being offered by Bridgestone this season, as the Official tire Supplier to MotoGP continues to pursue development of race tires that offer enhanced safety, durability and performance.
Alongside the four coloured markings used last year; green (extra-soft), white (soft), black (medium) and red (hard), two new slick tire colours are added to this year’s classification scheme. A new extra-hard compound rear slick will make its debut at the Argentina round of the championship due to the severe nature of the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, and this new development will be distinguished by a yellow stripe. Bridgestone has continued development of its asymmetric front slick that was introduced in the closing stages of the 2014 season, and this year will offer this option at more circuits in various compound combinations. As only a maximum of one type of asymmetric front slick will be offered at a given round, these will be marked with a light blue stripe to help distinguish this option against the symmetric front slicks on offer.
As per last season, in 2015 two options of wet tire will be offered at each round, and will adopt a marking system where the plain, black tire denotes the harder option, and a white stripe will mark the softer option.
Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“The coloured tire marking scheme we implemented last year was designed to make it easier for fans to see which tire options we deliver at each race, and we’ve listened to the feedback from both MotoGP fans and media around the world to improve this system for this year. This revised tire marking system not only reflects Bridgestone’s commitment to continue developing new tires through the 2015 MotoGP season by offering more options to riders, but also helps increase the appeal of the sport by helping fans more clearly understand the importance of tire strategy during the race weekend.”