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GP Week : Issue 213
Bridgestone will continue development of its asymmetric tyre for the final round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Valencia. In spite of several riders falling when their front tyres suddenly lost grip in the cool conditions at Phillip Island, Bridgestone has said that it is satisfied with the performance of its first-ever asymmetric front, made up of two compounds. “The cool and breezy conditions definitely increased the challenge of racing at Phillip Island which has the highest average speed on the MotoGP calendar,” said Bridgestone’s Shinji Aoki. “Tyre performance throughout the 27 laps of the race was very consistent, but unfortunately in the final stages there were a few incidents. The double cooling effect of low ambient temperatures and cool winds have often created challenging conditions in the past at Phillip Island, and it was another example of how quickly things can change at the Australian Grand Prix.” Bridgestone introduced the tyre after testing at the track pre-season, after a farcical 2013 event that saw riders pit and change bikes mid-race because of concerns about their tyres’ durability. “Our target for our rear tyre allocation for this year’s Australian Grand Prix was to provide tyres that could provide full race distance durability with consistent performance,” Aoki said. “This target wasn’t easy to achieve given how harsh the Phillip Island track proved to be on rear tyres last year, but through a vigorous testing and development programme we could engineer a completely new generation of rear tyres for this year’s race to achieve this goal. It was important that these new tyres would last the whole race, yet provide predictable grip throughout their life and I believe we met this target.” MOTOGP >>> nEWs at BriEFly » Dani Pedrosa will have a new crew chief next year. Mike Leitner, who has tended to the Spaniard’s bikes since 2004, will step down from the role at the end of the season. » A bunch of milestones have been set in the last two MotoGP rounds. Valentino Rossi’s Phillip Island win came in his 250th start in the premier category. Dani Pedrosa made his 150th MotoGP start at Sepang, where Nicky Hayden also became the record-holder for starts made by Americans in the premier class. The Kentuckian made his 197th GP appearance, one more than Colin Edwards. » Yonny Hernandez will remain with the Pramac Ducati squad for 2015 season. The Colombian will race a Factory Option Desmosedici GP14.2 alongside Danilo Petrucci. » The latest MotoGP entry list for 2015 has two TBAs to be filled. One is at the Ioda team and the other is the Gresini Aprilia seat alongside Alvaro Bautista. » The Gardner name returned to the list of pointscorers at Sepang. Remy Gardner did well enough at PI to warrant a call-up from the Calvo Moto3 team for Malaysia. The 16-year-old started 29th on the grid and finished a fine 15th. The point he scored is the first for the family since dad Wayne Gardner scored his final points in the 500cc class in South Africa in 1992. Moto2 is in danger of becoming a one-make class, if the provisional entry list for the 2015 championship proves to be accurate. The list, issued last week by the FIM, lists 31 entries and many of those have moved to the Kalex frame. The majority of the teams using suter frames in 2014 have indicated that they will change, in spite of suter having scored two wins, three seconds and sixth thirds during 2014. While Kalex riders Tito Rabat, Mika Kallio and Maverick Vinales currently hold the top three positions in the Moto2 points, Tom Luhti, Dominique Aegerter and Johann Zarco are 4-5-6 on suters. At present, the only suter entered for 2015 is for German rookie Florian Alt at the IODA Racing team. There are three Tech 3 entries for Marcel schrotter, Ricky Kardus and Louis Rossi, and three speed ups for sam Lowes, Julian simon and Anthony West. MOTO2 OR SpECIAL 'k' BRIDgESTONE TO CONTINUE ASyMMETRIC DEVELOpMENT Aragon's (and other tracks') Astroturf is to be reviewed. Here, Maverick Vinales avoids the green ... 16 GPWEEK.com // 16 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: