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Bridgestone appointed sole MotoGP tyre supplier from 2009

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Bridgestone has today been officially appointed the sole tyre supplier for the MotoGP World Championship for a three-year period starting from 2009.


The decision comes following an announcement in September from the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) that MotoGP will become a single-make tyre formula from 2009, and after a subsequent tender process in which Bridgestone was the only tyre manufacturer to submit a proposal to FIM and Dorna.

The specific regulations pertaining to the single tyre contract will be confirmed by FIM in due course.

Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of Bridgestone Motorsport commented on today´s announcement:

`Bridgestone is pleased that we have been appointed the sole tyre supplier to the MotoGP World Championship for the next three seasons, starting from 2009.´

`Although we were sorry to hear that tyre competition would not continue in MotoGP, Bridgestone appreciates the importance of safety and cost in motorsport. We respect the decision taken by FIM and Dorna to impose a one-make tyre rule for next season and acknowledge the safety and cost reasons given for their decision.´

`We submitted a proposal to FIM and Dorna in order to continue competing at the pinnacle of motorcycle racing, and to continue to be a part of the MotoGP community, of which we are proud to have been involved since the 2002 season.´

`We have developed strong relations with manufacturers, teams, riders and personnel in the MotoGP world and are happy to be able to continue a high level of participation in the sport. Even in a single tyre situation, however, we must also guarantee and increase our return on investment from a business point of view, something that we hope to achieve through a close working relationship with all our teams and with Dorna.´

`Alongside safety and cost, fairness is another pillar of Bridgestone´s involvement in motorsport and we are committed to servicing our teams fairly at all times. Having worked with all manufacturers in MotoGP this season, we believe that we are well placed to offer the fairest possible treatment across all teams.´

`We have relished competing on a global motorcycle racing stage with our rivals over the last seven seasons and will miss the opportunity to showcase our technical capabilities against them. 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.´

`Our 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 our development plans. We must make sure that our tyres work safely and competitively at each event, bearing in mind the complexity of tyre performance at each individual circuit and, most importantly, we must ensure that our tyres offer the same performance potential across all teams.´

Press release courtesy of Bridgestone Motorsport

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Am I the only one that sees the irony of the title "sole supplier"?

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-18-2008, 01:11 PM
 
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geez... that was a hard pick for Dorna, so many choices...
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Hopefully it will do for GP what it did for WSBK.

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Hopefully it will do for GP what it did for WSBK.
Just watched the Europsport coverage of the Sepang race, they were talking about this at the end of the race. Teams and riders won't get to choose their tires, the FIM will randomly pick for them, I wonder how this will work out.

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Just watched the Europsport coverage of the Sepang race, they were talking about this at the end of the race. Teams and riders won't get to choose their tires, the FIM will randomly pick for them, I wonder how this will work out.

randomly pick there tires? what do you mean, like pick the compound ?


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randomly pick there tires? what do you mean, like pick the compound ?
The commentators, including Mamola, said they still get to pick from soft to hard, but the FIM will pick the set(s) of tires for them. I'm still confused. I'm not sure if this is only for the pre-season testing, or for the entire season.
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The commentators, including Mamola, said they still get to pick from soft to hard, but the FIM will pick the set(s) of tires for them. I'm still confused. I'm not sure if this is only for the pre-season testing, or for the entire season.
it is confusing i think they need to just make all the tire the same for everyone soft-hard and wet and the riders just need to adapt and deal with it and stop this special tire bullshit


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Yup... sounds like what is going on in WSBK...
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I say they use a different tire manufacturer at every track...That would be fun.

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I say they use a different tire manufacturer at every track...That would be fun.
Yeeeee-haw

that or pull tire's from a hat before every session.

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I believe solid rubber tyres and one set only be maintained by each team for the whole season


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