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Bridgestone launch full investigation after tyre woe at Assen

'We have commenced a full investigation into the matter and I will personally take the affected tyres back to Bridgestone's Technical Centre in Japan where they will undergo detailed analysis to determine the cause of this issue' - Shinichi Yamashita, General Manager, Bridgestone Tyre Development
Bridgestone has launched a 'full investigation' after a number of riders were hit by serious tyre problems at the Dutch TT on Saturday.

Ducati's Valentino Rossi was forced to return to his garage to change his rear tyre during the race, while Ben Spies was concerned his rear tyre was going to 'explode' as he battled for third place with fellow Yamaha rider Andrea Dovizioso in the closing stages of the race.

Track temperatures soared to around the 40°C mark for the race, which was more than 20°C warmer than last year's Dutch TT.

All riders selected the harder Bridgestone front for the race for its greater cornering stability, with 13 of the 20 competitors opting for the softer rear slick.

Shinichi Yamashita, General Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department, said he would 'personally take the affected tyres back' to the company's technical centre in Japan for analysis.

“The Dutch TT saw warm track temperatures and the race was run at a good pace with all riders selecting the harder front slick, while all but seven riders selected the softer slick option for the rear,” he said.

“Unfortunately a few riders experienced a problem with their rear tyre today and we sincerely apologise to those riders affected.

“We have commenced a full investigation into the matter and I will personally take the affected tyres back to Bridgestone's Technical Centre in Japan where they will undergo detailed analysis to determine the cause of this issue.”

Hiroshi Yamada, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department, added that the findings of the investigation would be made clear at the next race at the Sachsenring in Germany this weekend.

“I am sorry that some riders experienced tyre problems during the race.

“We are now investigating the issue and will report back to teams with our findings at the next race.”



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Triumphontour - Unregistered

July 02, 2012 1:30 PM

Pirelli's are more of a joke then Bridgestone will ever be, they've had shredded tyres more than anyone else (Monza, Imola this year, Phillip Island last year just to name a few), and I can still remember Redding and Bradl chunking their rear Dunlops last year. The problem with the internet is that it gives everyone short memories. Do people forget the whole reason BS was made MotoGP supplier was because Dunlop simply couldnt complete and everyone jumped ship from Michelin? Since they arrived in MotoGP they have been far and away the most regular and better performers in the series. This is unacceptable from Bridgestone, but this is such a rare occurence you can bet all the rice in China it wont happen again. The fact a huge Japanese company has apologised and offered a full investigation is a big deal in my book, they'll be burning the midnight oil to fix the problem definitely. As for their road tyres... Im on my second set of BT23's after being a long term Michelin Man.. they ar



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