After a 'cool' reception at Phillip Island, Bridgestone's new asymmetric front tyre will return for this weekend's Valencia MotoGP season finale.

Race leader Marc Marquez, second place Cal Crutchlow and podium contender Pol Espargaro all few while using the new tyre in the Phillip Island race.

The design of the tyre was not to blame, but the instead the rubber options used proved too hard for the cool and windy late-race conditions, with riders on the standard extra-soft going on to fill the podium places.

This weekend will see the asymmetric soft offered alongside the extra-soft and a standard soft front option.

"This weekend marks the second time we are offering an asymmetric front slick option and given the unbalanced layout of the Valencia circuit, I expect this option to perform well this weekend," declared Bridgestone's Shinji Aoki.

Rear tyre choice this weekend will be Soft, Medium and Hard (Asymmetric). While all riders have the same front tyre choice, the Soft and Medium rear are only available to the Ducati and Open class riders, with the Medium and Hard reserved for the Factory class Honda and Yamaha competitors.

As soon as the race ends, Bridgestone will begin development for its final 2015 season as the exclusive MotoGP tyre supplier, by gathering data at next week's post-race test.

"The final race of the 2014 season takes place at Valencia and given the exciting races at this venue in the past few years, expectations are high that we will see another thrilling season finale this year," said Bridgestone Motorsport manager Hiroshi Yamada. "With Marc wanting to take the record for most premier-class wins in a season, Dani's peerless record at Valencia and the fight for second place in the championship between Valentino and Jorge still wide open, there is a lot at stake this weekend.

"As soon as the curtain falls on the 2014 season, our preparations for 2015 will start the very next day as we will be supporting all the teams in the Valencia MotoGP test starting on Monday. The data we acquire at this test is very important as it gives us an indication of the performance characteristics of next year's MotoGP machinery which will help steer our development for next year's range of race tyres."



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