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Bridgestone supply to be unaffected

Bridgestone will honour its MotoGP tyre supply to the end of the 2011 season, despite the announcement it will halt its Formula 1 supply next year
Bridgestone's sole supply of tyres to the MotoGP paddock will remain unaffected to 2011, despite the company's decision to end its Formula 1 supply.

Twelve years after first entering Formula 1, the Japanese company announced today that it will end its agreement to supply tyres to the sport at the end of the 2010 season.

Stating the decision has come about as they address 'the impact of the continuing evolution of the business environment', Bridgestone maintain that it will still honour its contract to supply tyres to MotoGP until the end of the 2011 season.

Bridgestone won the tender to provide tyres to MotoGP last season when a change in the regulations stipulated that there would be just a single supplier. The contract would see them supply tyres to the end of the 2011 season.

Bridgestone scored its first MotoGP victory in 2004 when Makoto Tamada won the Brazilian Grand Prix at Rio de Janiero.


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El Bigonio

November 03, 2009 1:01 AM

RE:How so, should'nt a single tire equalize the field already? If it hasnt now, what is so different about Pirelli or Dunlop rubber that will "equalize" the field? disco Posted by disco The switch didn't happen over night. If you recall back to when all the teams who were not previously using the Bridgestones made the switch last fall. The excess grip from the front Bridgestone caused most of them to rethink their entire chassis setup. Even going so far as to make major wheelbase changes. Some have got it right, and some obviously are still struggling with it. If all were forced to switch to the same tire at the same time it would put every team at square one! That my friend, is how.

wosideg - Unregistered

November 03, 2009 10:21 PM

There is a very interesting report on motogpmatters.com about Bridgestones corporate outlook.. What's the point of supplying a control tyre to a prototype series? It doesn't sit well with the concept of it being, same as F1, at the cutting edge..If Bridgestone were beating Dunlop or Michelin their brand would be seen as the best in a healthy, competitive enviroment. As it is they are just beating themselves and that's not what they want..an easy ride. It's costing them money to supply and they are questioning the value of that investment.



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