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GP Week : Issue 123
ONE week after complaints about the danger of hard-to-warm tyres reached a head at Assen, control-tyre suppliers Bridgestone agreed to revise their tyre supply for four upcoming races where they fear the issue might return. Bridgestone presented the plan to the riders at the start of the weekend and it was then discussed and broadly welcomed at the Safety Commission meeting. The plan takes into account generally colder conditions this year than anticipated, which was a major cause of tyre problems at Silverstone and Assen. For the four tracks, Bridgestone plan to discard their present choice of the harder option, and introduce a different option even softer than the current ‘soft’ choice. The circuits will be Laguna Seca, Brno, Aragon and Motegi. At the same time, Bridgestone brought an asymmetric (mixed-compound) tyre to Mugello for the first time, for a weekend happily free from complaints. The move was generally welcomed, but some critics feel the rules themselves should be changed, so that riders can choose from an altogether wider range of tyres at each race. Bridgestone bows to tyre demands 14