Bridgestone complete two days of valuable developmental tyre testing
The traditional two-day post-race test at Valencia proved a valuable opportunity for Bridgestone to continue with its fundamental tyre development programme and four test items were prepared for each of the 17 MotoGP riders.
The test items offered by Bridgestone were one developmental front tyre compound, two developmental rear tyre compounds and one developmental rear tyre construction, each of which was given valuable track time by almost all riders during the two days, despite their own busy test programmes.
Testing schedules were delayed on the opening day of the test due to early morning rain showers that left the track greasy, but in the afternoon Colin Edwards embarked upon an exhaustive tyre test with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team. Conditions on the second day were much improved, and with crucial track time under their belts almost all of the teams and riders tested the four new tyre specs.
The results of this test will allow Bridgestone to determine the direction of future tyre development.
Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
"This test was very valuable for us as we were able to obtain a great deal of data from our four developmental specs thanks to the support of the teams and the riders. During this test the teams and riders had intensive test programmes of their own but they dedicated time to our tyre test programme so I am very grateful to them for this. Our test programme of one front and three rear slick tyre specs is a fundamental study for our future tyre development and we obtained a lot of positive feedback and very promising data from these two days. From these results we can now start our new development strategy for the future. This test marks the end of field activity for 2010, and I want to thank all the teams and riders once more for their support of Bridgestone and our tyre testing not only these last two days but throughout the season."