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Bridgestone to supply tires for MotoGP

Manufacturer will supply tires for series through 2011

By Motorcycle.com Staff, Oct. 20, 2008
After a unanimous proposal last month, the Grand Prix Commission held a meeting on Saturday at the circuit of Sepang, where it introduced that Bridgestone will be the single tire supplier for the MotoGP class for 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The decision comes following an announcement in September from the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) that MotoGP would use a single-make tire from 2009. Interestingly enough, Bridgestone was the only tire manufacturer to submit a proposal to FIM and Dorna. The specific regulations pertaining to the single tire contract have yet to be finalized.

“Bridgestone is pleased that we have been appointed the sole tire supplier to the MotoGP World Championship for the next three seasons,” says Hiroshi Yasukawa, director of Bridgestone Motorsport. “Although we were sorry to hear that tire competition would not continue in MotoGP.

Every MotoGP rider will be using Bridgestone tires in 2009.

“In this period of competition, we have improved our performance level step by step and have been immensely proud to have taken the world title for the last two seasons, firstly with Ducati and Casey Stoner in 2007, and this year with Fiat Yamaha and Valentino Rossi.”

Bridgestone’s technical department has already started looking at how best to approach the 2009 season with the desired push for improved safety in MotoGP at the forefront of development plans. The goal is to ultimately ensure that its tires work safely and competitively at each event, bearing in mind the complexity of performance of each individual circuit as well as consistent performance potential across all teams.

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