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GP Week : Issue 201
The identity of MotoGP’s tyre supplier for 2016 and beyond should be settled within a month, after Dorna opened a three-week tender window in a bid to replace Bridgestone. A date of May 22 has been set for tyre suppliers to tender to replace Bridgestone, which announced its withdrawal from MotoGP, effective at the end of the 2015 season, last week. Kyota Futami, Beneral Manager of Bridgestone’s global motorsport department, announced the news. “It is with some sadness that we will make our exit from MotoGP after such a prosperous participation in the sport,” he said. “Yet, having achieved everything we set out to do when we entered the championship over 10 years ago, including sharing in many MotoGP world championships, our company believes it is the right time to implement an exit strategy from the series.” The Japanese tyre firm has been part of MotoGP since the 2002, taking its first victory with Makoto Tamada in Brazil in 2004. When Michelin withdrew in 2009 and MotoGP switched to control tyre rules, Bridgestone has been the sole supplier. Likely tenderers for the new supply role include Michelin; Dunlop, which supplies both Moto2 and Moto3; and superbike World Championship supplier Pirelli. BYE BYE BRIDGESTONE MOTOGP >>> nEWs Two Honda riders have undergone surgery to overcome compartmental syndrome, or ‘arm pump’. Dani Pedrosa has underwent surgery on his right arm last Tuesday. The procedure was carried out by Dr. Mir at the Hospital Universitario Quirón Dexeus, and Pedrosa was quickly returned home to recover. The following day Stefan Bradl underwent a 15-minute procedure for a similar reason. The German had already been treated for the condition in late 2012 but an extensive pre-season training regime appears to have exacerbate the condition. But riders are confident that they will recover in time for the French GP. Dani and Stef undergo surgery 16 GPWEEK.com // 16 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: