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Bridgestone single-tyre bid confirmed.

Saturday, 4th October 2008

Bridgestone submits proposal for single-tyre MotoGP contract.

On the same day that Michelin announced it would not bid to become the single MotoGP tyre supplier in 2009, the FIM has confirmed that rival Bridgestone has submitted a proposal.

Bridgestone, favourite to win the contract even before Michelin's announcement, appears to be the only tyre manufacturer to have submitted a proposal.

"The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Claude Danis (FIM), Hervé Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Mr. Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held today at the circuit of Phillip Island, have been informed that Bridgestone has sent a proposal to FIM and Dorna to be the single tyre supplier in MotoGP for 2009," read an FIM statement. "This proposal will be studied and an announcement will be made on 18th of October 2008 in Sepang, Malaysia."

Bridgestone has won the last two MotoGP World Championships and already supplies 12 of the 18 MotoGP riders.

The single-tyre rule, which brings MotoGP in-line with the Formula One World Championship and World Superbike Championship, has been introduced 'for safety and cost reasons'.

Bridgestone single-tyre bid confirmed. | MOTOGP News | Crash.Net
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Michelin: No single tyre bid.

Saturday, 4th October 2008

Michelin will not try to secure the new single-tyre MotoGP contract.

Michelin has announced that it will not submit a proposal for the newly announced single-tyre contract in MotoGP.

The move means that French brand, which has won the 500cc/MotoGP crown 26 times since 1973, will definitely leave the premier-class at the end of this season.

Officially, the single tyre rule has been introduced 'for safety and cost reasons' - the safety aspect referring to cornering speeds rather than unsafe tyres.

Those wising to bid for the single tyre supply had to submit their proposals by yesterday (Friday, October 3). The final decision will be announced by October 18th at the latest.

"Michelin has decided not to submit a bid to the governing body of the MotoGP World Championship," said a statement. "At the same time, Michelin regrets not being able to contribute to the organisers' important discussions to improve rider safety and reduce costs.

"The spirit of competition has always been central to Michelin. Motor sports at the highest level are useful because competition among several tyre manufacturers is a valuable stimulus for developing increasingly high-performance tires that will one day equip customer vehicles. Tyres play a key role in a vehicle's performance and can make a considerable difference. This competition among manufacturers helps to make racing exciting.

"The radial tyre, which was invented by Michelin, has been improved through racing, and the improvements have since been passed on to consumers. Michelin's dual compound technology for motorcycle tyres was first tested in MotoGP racing and is today integrated into premium products for the brand's customers. The MotoGP Championship organisers have decided to use a single tyre supplier for the coming seasons, which effectively eliminates the competitive environment that has led to so much progress.

"The R&D resources allocated for MotoGP racing will be redeployed to support innovation, which is at the heart of Michelin's customer-focused strategy."

Michelin's decision means that the single-tyre MotoGP contract looks certain to go to Bridgestone, which was considered favourite to secure the deal anyway.

Bridgestone has won the MotoGP World Championship for the past two seasons, has won 12 of the 15 races so far this year and already supplies 12 of the 18 MotoGP riders.

Neither Bridgestone nor Michelin had wanted a single tyre rule, but Bridgestone - which said that it 'respects' the decision of the Grand Prix Commission - has submitted a proposal (see separate story).

Michelin: No single tyre bid. | MOTOGP News | Crash.Net
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Michelin riders were doing well in QP

It would have been funny if both companies made no bid at all


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Michelin riders were doing well in QP

It would have been funny if both companies made no bid at all
That would have been hillarious


inb4 "These current riders are pussies, back in my days the real riders rode on wooden wheels, and they were lucky if they had wheels at all"
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