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GP Week : Issue 26
>>Moto GPnews Tyre companies’ goal is to preserve competition BOTH Michelin and Bridgestone said they had agreed to the move to try to avoid moving to a single-tyre rule in the near future, but Bridgestone’s Hiroshi Yamada said: “It will be very difficult to avoid this.” Things had changed a lot over previous weeks, he said. “At the meeting at Brno almost all the riders agreed they want a single tyre rule, and from this conclusion Dorna will propose this rule to the GP commission. “In this case, it will be very difficult to stop it.” He was not sure if Bridgestone would be willing to supply tyres in the event of such a rule. “It will be a company decision,” he said. But there was much against it. “We came racing in 2002 for two reasons … to improve our brand image, and to develop tyre technology through competition. If there is a single-tyre rule, there will be no need to develop technology. “At the moment, the competition with Michelin is a very good promotion for us.” Michelin’s Jean-Philippe Weber concurred. “We hope that what we have done helps to keep competition between tyre manufacturers,” he said. “We have a contract with Honda, but we are facing a situation that is similar to last year. If letting Pedrosa use Bridgestone helps to cool down the situation, then it is worth it,” he continued. “But even today I have seen there are other teams talking to us about tyres for next year. They understand that things can go up and down. And we have an agreement to supply Honda for next year – at least one rider. “But some decisions are taken with a short mind. We agreed to this in order to try to cool down the situation.” 15