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'.