The 2012 MotoGP™ World Championship was one of the most exciting and closely-contested campaigns in recent years in which Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo emerged as the worthy champion.
This season was also a major success for Bridgestone in its fourth year as Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP™, with the Japanese tyre manufacturer receiving widespread acclaim for its 2012 specification tyres, while also reaching the milestone of 100 MotoGP™ victories at the San Marino and Rimini Grand Prix in September.
Following an intensive tyre development programme over last year’s winter break, for the 2012 season Bridgestone introduced a new family of MotoGP™ tyres with new developments in construction and rubber compound technology. The technical objective was to provide unsurpassed warm-up performance and rider feel in all conditions, as well as the ability to harness the power of the fire-breathing 1000cc machines that made a return to the premier class this season.
Although the development focus switched from outright performance to improving rider safety, Bridgestone’s 2012 specification tyres still allowed riders to efficiently utilise the extra power on offer from the new generation of 1000cc MotoGP™ machinery, with six pole position and nine race lap records being set this season.
A key part in improving rider safety was Bridgestone’s collaboration with former Grand Prix racer and three-time World Champion Loris Capirossi who for this season started a new role as Safety Advisor to Dorna. In his new role, Capirossi worked as a liaison between the MotoGP™ riders and Bridgestone, helping to analyse rider feedback to see where improvements could be made.
After personally evaluating the 2012 specification tyres on a MotoGP bike for the first time in August, an excited Capirossi said “I want to say thank you to Bridgestone. They did a really great job during the winter, because last year we worked a lot to try to improve the warm-up performance of the tyres. This year’s tyres are much better for warm-up and for sure this is good for all riders."
Importantly, superior warm-up performance, optimised contact patch, enhanced rider feel and a wide operating temperature range are just as important to the road rider as they are to the stars of MotoGP. Bridgestone is continuously refining its race-bred technologies for the street, and the most recent development to benefit from its years of MotoGP experience is the award-winning BATTLAX Hypersport S20. The S20’s inclusion of MotoGP-derived compound and construction technology allows it to deliver outstanding grip, feel and performance to sport riders. These technologies will also be applied to Bridgestone’s next generation of Sport Touring tyres.
With Bridgestone set to continue as Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP™ until the end of the 2014 season, our consumers will be able to benefit from the world’s most advanced motorcycle tyre technologies for years to come.
About Bridgestone Europe
Bridgestone Europe (BSEU), with European headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a key regional subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. Bridgestone Europe operates an R&D center, 8 plants and offices in more than 30 European countries, with over 13,000 employees. BSEU’s premium tyres are sold both within Europe and globally.