Bridgestone enters Le Mans 24 Hours Moto with off-the-shelf Battlax tyres

Apr, 08 2016

Bridgestone is supplying regular off-the-shelf Battlax tyres to three French teams in the 24 Hours Moto race on the renowned Bugatti Circuit at Le Mans, April 9th/10th, the opening round of the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM WEC).

Team FALCON RACING (left) and Team 24RACING (right) are fitted on off-the-shelf Bridgestone tyres. 

Instead of the usual practice of preparing a special series race tyre with higher specifications for major professional events, Bridgestone is supplying off-the-shelf Battlax VO2 slicks and Battlax W01 rain tyres. The race tyres will therefore be identical to those sold through regular dealer channels to weekend race enthusiasts and other members of the general public. Bridgestone will also supply non-standard racing spec tyres to the Japanese F.C.C. TSR Honda team at Le Mans.

“Bridgestone always aims to give consumers the highest quality products. By entering our regular off-the-shelf Battlax tyres in one of the world’s top endurance races, Bridgestone hopes to show that it can give everyday riders the best possible performance” explains Nico Thuy, Head of Motorcycle department at Bridgestone Europe.

Bridgestone has teamed up with:

  • FALCON RACING - Kawasaki ZX-10R (N°21) - The Falcon Racing association aims to accompany amateur motorcycle riders towards competing. The Le Mans 24h are the first step of a journey taking them to the Barcelona 24h and Magny-cours 12h.
  • TEAM 24RACING - BMW S 1000 RR (N°42) – 24Racing was born in 2004 with the mission to allow its members to live their passion for motorcycle to the fullest. In 7 years, 24Racing has built pedagogical projects for high school student of the Parisian region. The team groups 30 people moving around all European circuits.
  • TEAM MONGORE 13 - Aprilia RSV4 (N°71) – Led by Emmanuel Sanchez, team Mongore 13 has only existed for 2 years but already claims experience by participating in the 2014 Endurance World Championship and Bol d’Or as well as the 2015 24h Moto and Castellet Endurance race. This year the team will head back to the Endurance World Championship. 
Battlax V02: a true racing thoroughbred
Each team will ride on Battlax V02 racing slicks (120/600 R17 and 200/655 R17) with both soft and medium compounds available, as in retail outlets. Battlax V02 provides great race stability and consistency, and features Bridgestone’s advanced GP-Belt construction on the rear, a MotoGPTM innovation, which gives superb cornering grip and feedback.

Battlax W01: winner in the wet
If rain intervenes, the teams will change to Battlax W01: a proven winner. The W01 tread design replicates the pattern Bridgestone used for 2014 MotoGP racing tyres , offering extremely rapid water clearance and top handling for today’s powerful race machines. (Sizes: 120/600 R17 and 190/650 R17).

A total of 58 bikes will start the 24 Hours Moto at 3 pm on Saturday 9th April. If you love there! 

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