Bridgestone tyres bring colour to Qatar
So the 2014 MotoGP™ season has kicked off in style at Qatar’s Losail International Circuit. With everyone’s eyes on the closely fought battle between Spain’s Marc Marquez and Italy’s Valentino Rossi, the ‘show down’ didn’t disappoint. The world champion, sporting a recently broken leg, let nothing get in his way, and his Repsol Honda took the chequered flag in 0.259 seconds from Rossi’s Movistar Yamaha.
Bridgestone, who are embarking on their sixth season as the Official Tyre Supplier, know only too well the stresses and strains that are put on both bike and rider throughout the eighteen races across thirteen countries but they are also aware of how important the fans are too.
This year they introduced the new colour coded tyre classification system:
being the coloured markings which made it easier for fans to see which tyre options their favourite riders are using. This undoubtedly added interest to the millions of Moto GP fans, watching, all over the world.
Bridgestone‘s Head Honcho of the Motorsport Tyre Development Department, Shinji Aoki had this to say following the race,
“The 10pm start for the race in Qatar means we had cool and humid conditions for the Qatar Grand Prix, and listening to the comments from riders after the race, it seems this reduced the grip levels compared to the Warm Up session. As expected we had big variation in tyre strategies for the race, with all our front and rear slick options being utilised. I am happy to see that Marc was able to be so competitive on the hard compound rear slick, we made a big development with this option late last year for improved edge grip and the race result today showed it’s a viable race option for this year.”
What’s also interesting to see is that even though the conditions were cool only two riders selected the soft compound front slick, with the rest of the grid opting for the hard compound front slick. For the rear tyre, only race-winner Marc Marquez selected the hard compound rear slick for the race, and the medium compound rear was by far the popular choice.
Maybe he knew something, the others didn’t?
I’m sure everyone will be following Marquez very closely when we join them again at the Grand Prix of the Americas in three weeks’ time, where no doubt it will be ‘game on!’