Nine times world champion Valentino Rossi has extended his agreement with Bridgestone Europe to act as Motorcycle Tyre Development Adviser.
As under the previous agreement, Valentino Rossi and Bridgestone will work together to promote the passion of motorcycling to bikers and enthusiasts throughout Europe, directly supporting the Bridgestone ‘track to street’ concept. Rossi will act alone as a professional rider; his MotoGP™ team and sponsors are not involved in the deal.
“I’ve been working with Bridgestone in MotoGP for many years and have always been impressed by their professionalism and the quality of their products. Continuing this agreement gives me an exciting opportunity to contribute to new Bridgestone motorcycle road tyres.” - Valentino Rossi.
As part of his role, Rossi will provide his evaluation and opinions on the performance of Bridgestone motorcycle tyres, particularly in the hyper-sport, racing and sport touring sectors. Bridgestone in turn will use his input in tyre development to deliver road tyres with better performance and improved safety margins.
“Valentino Rossi is a great ambassador for our company. With the extension of our agreement, we have secured advice and recommendations from one of the greatest motorcycle competitors of all times, thereby ensuring that we bring the best new Battlax tyres to market”- Franco Annunziato, CEO and President Bridgestone Europe.
Valentino Rossi is one of the biggest stars ever in motorcycle racing: World Champion in 125cc, 250cc and 500cc categories and six times MotoGP™ World Champion. The Italian also holds the all-time record in the top category with 79 race victories.
Bridgestone entered MotoGP™ in 2002 and riders using Bridgestone tyres stood on the podium in the tyre manufacturer’s second season in the series, before taking the checkered flag twice in 2004. After steadily expanding its team portfolio, the first World Championship title on Bridgestone tyres came in 2007 and then again, with Valentino Rossi and the Fiat Yamaha team in 2008. In 2009 Bridgestone became the first Official Tyre Supplier to the MotoGP™ World Championship.
Bridgestone shared its 100th MotoGP™ victory at the San Marino and Rimini Grand Prix at Misano, Italy, in September 2012. Bridgestone celebrated the milestone with a special event at the circuit for all those involved in MotoGP™ and thanked the millions of racing fans around the world for their support over the years.
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.