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Bridgestone explains Aragon preparations

Bridgestone will face this weekend's inaugural Aragon Grand Prix without any MotoGP track data to call upon.

Instead, the official MotoGP tyre supplier has carried out detailed inspections and analysis of the track surface and layout, and listened carefully to MotoGP riders who have tested at the circuit on road bikes.

The process of preparation started after the Spanish Grand Prix in early May when Bridgestone engineers visited Aragon for the first time.

The feedback from riders after they had ridden at Aragon was then collated and carefully considered alongside the scientific data from Bridgestone's technical analysis.

Consequently, the medium and extra hard compound front slicks have been selected, the same specifications as used for the Qatar Grand Prix, and the soft and medium rear slick tyres, as used at Jerez.

“Aragon was another totally new challenge for us so we were methodical and thorough in our analysis of the circuit and the tarmac in order to select the best suited tyre compounds," explained Bridgestone's Tohru Ubukata.

"The track surface is relatively smooth and slippery, similar to Misano, so we need good grip which suggests softer compounds, but there are also some long corners and some downhill braking points which require greater stability and thus harder compounds, so it was a balance.

“Conditions during the day are almost the same as in Misano but in the morning we expect it to be a little cooler, so for this situation, especially as we have Friday morning practice back, we have selected the soft compound rear slicks and the medium compound fronts. For the warmer afternoons, we have selected the medium compound rear slicks for their extra consistency and the extra hard compound fronts.

"From the track layout and riders' feedback, we understand that Aragon requires good front stability more than other circuits and this is the reason that we decide to select our extra hard compound for the front.”



Tagged as: Bridgestone , Aragon

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