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Bridgestone explains Sachsenring tyre choice.

MotoGP riders will be back on dual-compound tyres for only the second time this season, during this weekend's German Grand Prix at Sachsenring.

Many riders expressed concern that single compound tyres were behind the string of punishing highsides seen last time out at Laguna Seca, and have asked for asymmetric tyres (one side softer than the other) for next year's event.

Bridgestone has defended its US GP tyre choice, but pledged to consider the request for next season. Meanwhile, a decision had already been taken to supply dual-compound rear rubber for this weekend's Sachsenring round.

“Sachsenring's anti clockwise layout means it has a greater number of left-hand corners, so to best suit these conditions we have chosen our asymmetric rear slicks for the second time this season,” confirmed Tohru Ubukata of Bridgestone Motorsport.

“We saw that the hard and extra hard compound asymmetric Bridgestone slicks worked well in similar conditions in Catalunya, so I am confident of their performance at this circuit.

“Here we see a great disparity between left and right corners which means that the difference in temperature between the left and the right shoulders of the rear tyres is significant, far greater than that in Laguna Seca. This is why we always planned to bring our asymmetric slicks here.

“As we approach the second half of the season, we will see a greater number of uses of the asymmetric rear Bridgestone slicks. As well as Catalunya and Sachsenring, we will take them to a further four races,” he added.


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I love the RAIN not

July 15, 2009 4:45 PM

Fuc.ing Hell this is really doing my head in now. This year they are all on the same brand of tyre so why can't they have the choice of A.B.C or D at every race weekend as long as they are safe and the type choices are right for that track then it up to the rider/team in wot they want do and then wot will be will be.

Robert Jones

July 15, 2009 7:43 PM

Tohru Ubukata of Bridgestone Motorsport says "This is why we always planned to bring our asymmetric slicks here" and ends with "we will take them to a further four races,” 1 Knee-jerk reaction to the events at Laguna ??? 2 Response to VR's criticisms ?? 3 Genuine statement of Previous intent !! Me - I reckon points 1 and 2 apply. Shouldn't grumble really - this is at least positive! The previous comment - by I love the RAIN not - sums things up very well. Why not have Dual compound tyres available as a choice for ALL remaining races. Does this just make too much sense???? Maybe DORNA should devote their efforts to filling empty grid slots - not tyre rules



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