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Capirossi: No Bridgestone rift

"I am very optimistic moving forward as Bridgestone and I are working very well together" - Loris Capirossi.
MotoGP racer turned Safety Advisor, Loris Capirossi, says that negative comments regarding Bridgestone were wrong attributed to him.

During the winter break, quotes credited to Capirossi suggested he was planning to confront MotoGP's exclusive tyre supplier head-on over a range of issues.

“Despite recent media comments that were wrongly attributed to me, Bridgestone and I have shared a long and positive relationship,” said Capirossi, who first rode for Bridgestone while at Ducati in 2005.

“In Malaysia [at the test] we made our plans for the season and most importantly for this time, we discussed the 2012 specification tyres and how the riders' are responding to them.”

Capirossi raced full time in grand prix from 1990-2011, winning three world championships in the 125 and 250cc classes. The Italian also won nine races in 500cc/MotoGP.

“I have many responsibilities in my new role... but in everything I do, the most important thing is I know how to speak the riders' language,” he explained.

“I was in the same position as them until just a couple of months ago so maybe there are some things they can explain to me that maybe they find it hard to explain to someone else.

“The riders respect me, so this puts me in a good position to offer advice on what they require. With the tyres, for sure I am very optimistic moving forward as Bridgestone and I are working very well together.”

Bridgestone has aimed for more rider-friendly characteristics with its 2012 tyres, including improved warm-up behaviour. They appear to have succeeded, although some riders are now struggling with 'chatter'.

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February 09, 2012 11:18 PM
Last Edited 1966 days ago

Doing the corporate back peddling so soon Loris?? Soon after Loris comments I read an article somewhere (MM? Speed?) about how it's known that spec tire series use older tires mixed in with the new. It was found that Dunlop brought front tires that were a year or 2 old to Daytona (serioulsy, if you want to kill someone give them sh1t tires at Daytona), Pirelli brought old tires mixed in with the new at Miller last year, etc. So it would come as no surprise if Bridgestone was doing the same at some tracks were they used the same compound as previous years. As a fan just learning this recently I'm shocked that this practice occurs and that the competitors haven't spoken out against this. There is no way a tire that has been riding around in a truck and/or sitting in some drafty warehouse has the same performance of newer tires. What if some of Marco's and Cal's crashes and tire problems were from year old tires? Or the grading issue that Colin dealt with at Mugello? You can bet that

GpFan - Unregistered

February 09, 2012 7:01 PM

Capi, you said the tyres where crap and dangerous and that Carmelo gave you full power to go against B-stone's direction of product. Stroke Stroke as you back peddle.

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