Bridgestone's consultation with former MotoGP star Loris Capirossi
continued during last week's Sepang MotoGP test.
The Italian, who called an end to his 22-year grand prix career at Valencia in November, is making use of his unrivalled experience in the newly created role of MotoGP Safety Advisor.
“Our meetings with Capirossi were very productive and his experience with Bridgestone tyres and relationship with the riders are valuable in understanding the relationship between rider, bike and tyre,” said Bridgestone's Tohru Ubukata.
“The presence of a Safety Advisor in MotoGP is a welcome addition and we will continue our collaboration with Loris throughout the year.”
Bridgestone's focus in Sepang was on evaluation of both the 2012 spec tyres and an experimental front tyre. The company has faced criticism in the past over 'off/on' tyre warm-up characteristics, but the new range of rubber seems much more predictable.
“Personally, I feel this was a very positive test and another step in the right direction after our last meeting in Valencia,” said Capirossi.
“In my discussions with riders, the general feeling is that the 2012 specification tyres are very good and they are happy with the feeling they offer.
“Also, the experimental front tyre helped give the riders an understanding of Bridgestone's development direction.”
The only negative for the 2012 tyres seems to be an increased amount of 'chatter' vibration, at least for the Japanese bikes.