Bridgestone is upbeat about its first race back in world championship motorcycle competition, after the YART Yamaha Official EWC Team on Bridgestone tyres topped preliminary testing at Le Mans on 28th and 29th March.
YART on Bridgestone dominated both days of preliminary testing at Le Mans, recording one lap time less than three-hundredths off the circuit record. Bridgestone now has its sights set on something special at the 24 Hours Moto at the legendary Bugatti circuit on 15th and 16th April.
Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre and rubber company, announced its return to top-tier motorcycle racing in February 2017, with its decision to supply two teams in the prestigious FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) series: Austrian-based YART Yamaha Official EWC Team, and the F.C.C. TSR Honda team.
Nico Thuy, Head of Europe - Motorcycle at Bridgestone Europe is excited about the big event: “For all of us at Bridgestone, it’s great to be back again racing at the highest level …racing is part of Bridgestone’s DNA. We have been working closely with both teams to make sure that we have the best Bridgestone tyre package ready for Le Mans. We’re aiming for great results with our new team partners.”
In addition to the two new partners, other EWC racing teams have decided to compete on off-the-shelf Bridgestone Battlax racing tyres in the 24 Hour Moto at Le Mans, including Falcon Racing, Team No Limit 37 and Ducati Esprit Racing Team.
The FIM EWC is a worldwide championship competition consisting of five races: two in France and the remaining three in Germany, Slovakia, and Japan. The 24 Hour Moto at Le Mans is the second race of the current season which began in September 2016 and will end with the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race at Japan’s Suzuka Circuit on 30 July 2017.
About Bridgestone EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
Bridgestone EMEA, with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tyre and rubber company. Bridgestone EMEA operates in more than 60 countries and has over 18200 employees. Across the region it has 14 tyre and tyre related plants, a major R&D Centre and a proving ground. Bridgestone EMEA’s premium tyres are sold in Europe, Middle East, Africa and globally.