Bridgestone has announced it will be introducing a new 'asymmetric' front tyre for use during this weekend's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

Adapted to suit the rigours of the Phillip Island circuit, the new front tyre construction has been introduced to improve rider confidence and safety around one of the calendar's most demanding circuits for bikes.

Asymmetric rear tyres have been used for years, but Bridgestone says new advances have enabled it to create a front slick comprising of two compounds that maintains the braking stability of a symmetric tyre, but does so with enhanced warm-up performance and edge grip.

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This is achieved by the right shoulder of the tyre being composed of softer rubber, which comes into contact when a rider reaches a lean angle of approximately 30-degrees. This has been done to ensure greater rider safety and performance whilst cornering.

The new front will be introduced alongside a revised range of rear tyres, created following last year's rubber problems on the new Phillip Island surface, which forced all riders to make a compulsory mid-race pit stop for safety reasons.

"After a concerted effort from our Technical Centre in Japan, we will introduce a brand new tyre allocation for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix," said Bridgestone manager Shinji Aoki. "Since last year's race at Phillip Island, we have tested at the circuit in a large variety of weather conditions to ensure our tyres will provide excellent durability and performance, while still providing good warm-up performance and usability for the riders.

"Such are the demands placed on the rear tyre at Phillip Island, that our rear slicks for this weekend use compound and construction technology that aren't used at any other circuit on the calendar. Our test results with these new tyres were encouraging, and I am looking forward to seeing them in a race situation this weekend.

"Our new asymmetric front slick is the result of a long development programme and I am pleased to see this new technology makes its debut in the MotoGP World Championship this weekend. The innovative technology we've introduced on this asymmetric front slick will ensure that the riders will still enjoy the same high level of braking stability they associate with our symmetric front slick, but with better grip and warm-up performance while cornering. This development is yet another example of our commitment to continue developing new MotoGP tyre technology."

Bridgestone will conclude its exclusive MotoGP tyre supply deal at the end of the 2015 season, with Michelin taking over from 2016.