Bridgestone, number one tyre and rubber manufacturer in the world, was the Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGPTM in 2014 and will continue supplying tyres throughout the 2015 season to BMW’s fleet of MotoGPTM Safety Vehicles, with the partnership between the two giants of the automotive world .
This year marks Bridgestone’s seventh year as sole tyre supplier to the MotoGPTM and the new tyre supply agreement with BMW M, the Official car of MotoGPTM will equip all Safety and Medical vehicles with the latest Bridgestone tyres. This agreement will help enhance the world’s leading tyre manufacturer’s visibility in the MotoGPTM paddock, while showcasing the latest passenger car and motorcycle tyres to a global audience.
The BMW M4 Coupe, M3 and M6 Gran Coupe Safety Cars as well as the M5 Safety Officer Car and the M550xd Touring Medical Car have all been fitted with high-performance Bridgestone POTENZA tyres. The BMW S 1000 RR Safety Bikes have been fitted with Bridgestone BATTLAX tyres. The fitment of these premium Bridgestone products ensures the operators of these vehicles will experience the highest levels of safety, performance and control.
“We have a very strong history with BMW and have been collaborating for many years on several projects such as the BMW Driving Experience since 2008, or – most recently – announcing Bridgestone’s exclusive fitment to the revolutionary all-electric BMW i3 and BMW i8 hybrid sports car.” says Jake Rønsholt, Managing Director Consumer Business Unit, Bridgestone Europe. “It is really exciting for us to keep expanding on this fruitful partnership by bringing it into the world of MotoGPTM! Collaborating with BMW on the Safety Fleet is simply a confirmation of our commitment to all-round safety, and not only for the riders on the tracks.”
The partnership between Bridgestone and BMW M GmbH is also extended beyond race track with Bridgestone being the exclusive tyre supplier to the BMW Driving Experience. Comprising a range of specialised training programmes that enhance driving skills, safety and performance, the BMW Driving Experience has offered specialist training to nearly 25.000 participants world-wide. The diverse programme includes courses in safety, snow and ice driving, racing techniques and professional driving. BMW Tour Experience and customised driving experiences are also offered.
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.