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Bridgestone: No marker on MotoGP tyres.

Bridgestone has told that it has no plans to make its two tyre compounds, available to all riders at each MotoGP round under the new single tyre format, look visually different for those watching on TV or trackside.

2009 will be the first season of enforced single-tyre MotoGP racing, but Bridgestone has been the exclusive tyre supplier in Formula One since 2007.

To help generate interest in tyres, and allow the F1 fans and media to better understand what is happening on track, Bridgestone has placed a white line around the inside of one of the tyre grooves on the softer compound (pictured).

Whilst it is technically difficult to place such a white line around a slick tyre, as used in MotoGP, alternatives such as colouring the tyre sidewall still exist.

Indeed, with F1 reverting back to slicks for 2009, the tyre sidewall of the softer compound looks set to be coloured green in F1 this year. However, it seems that the two MotoGP tyre compounds will look identical.

“Presently there is no plan to differentiate tyres in MotoGP as is done in Formula One,” a Bridgestone spokesman told

Unlike in MotoGP, F1 drivers must use both tyre compounds at some point during each race.

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slideways - Unregistered

February 17, 2009 7:27 AM

You're missing the point Bruce Wayne. Why is showing the tyre compounds worth doing in F1 but not in MotoGP? Why would an F1 fan want to know but a MotoGP fan not Either it's worth doing for both or not worth doing at all.

slideways - Unregistered

February 17, 2009 2:04 AM

Very surprised at all these people that don't care. So I guess F1 fans are more into the technical side than bike fams? F1 fans get get to know who is on what tyres and when and can therefore understand why someone, in practice or qualifying, never mind the race is suddenly going quicker. They can also understand the race tactics better. Guess they are saying bike fans are too dumb to care? I'd love to know. It would add a lot to understanding what is happening on track and why. The suggestion that everybody would wait and see what Rossi is using is laughable, but Pedrosa being light may well race the soft tyres more than others. Guess we'll be told at the end of the race.

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