July 2012: Bridgestone All Set to Supply ‘Special Tyres’ to Suit Mugello
Italian Grand Prix is in the offing and Bridgestone tyres has come with a unique tyre type for enhanced safety of the riders at this event. The excessively high tyre temperature at the Mugello track has been a huge concern for a while now, which the Japanese tyre maker has decided to tackle.
The Need for Special Tyres
In view of the rear-tyre chunking issues encountered by several riders at the Dutch Tourist Trophy at Assen, Bridgestone has announced the arrival of rear tyres with an exceptional construction design to be used this weekend, during the Italian round at the Mugello circuit.
The high-speed Mugello track is well-known for its characteristic to generate extremely high temperatures. Bridgestone will make this move to avoid any unforeseen event during the thrilling contest that the world awaits with a bated breath.
Hiroshi Yamada at the Bridgestone Motorsport Department said in a press statement that they decided to come up with this unique tyre type to safeguard the riders against any potential hazards of excessively heated tyres on this particular track. The material used in the construction of these special rear tyres is a much harder compound than the ones used in the usual racing tyres.
Each rider will be provided with 4 such specially constructed tyres in addition to the regular quota of 10 slick tyres for the rear. Circuits like Sachsenring and Phillip Island, that produce extreme heat comparable to Mugello, have been using these tyres for a number of years now.
Bridgestone will supply only normally constructed tyres as medium slick tyres, while both normal and specially built tyres will be made available for the rear slick. This announcement from the Japanese tyre manufacturer has been appreciated by the Safety Commission, Dorna Sports, the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) and all the participating teams at the MotoGP 2012.
Mr. Yamada assured that Bridgestone is all set to supervise track conditions and inspect all the tyres used during the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM this weekend. They will as usual work in close contact with all the MotoGP teams and ensure maximum safety for all the racers.
During the 2004 Italian Grand Prix, Shinya Nakano from Kawasaki met with an accident at 300km/h due to the breakdown of a Bridgestone rear tyre. Though the Japanese rider was unhurt, Bridgestone made immense modifications in its race tyre construction design after the incident.
Also, the adverse happenings at the Dutch TT, Assen last month have propelled Bridgestone to revise their racing tyre severity rankings for every circuit so that if necessary, such specially designed tyres can be employed at other MotoGP rounds, said Hiroshi Yamada.
This move from Bridgestone will revolutionise the racing scene and the entire tyre industry. Sturdier tyres would mean more confident riders and more compelling races. The competitive spirit at the Mugello this weekend is sure to receive a boost like never before with the advent of these exceptionally engineered tyres from the world leader, Bridgestone.