By Alex Kapadia
Bridgestone has announced it has signed a new three-year deal to continue its role as Official Tyre Supplier to MotorGP from 2012 to 2014.
The Japanese tyres manufacturer will provide tyres and technical support to every team and rider on the premier class grid as the championship enters a new era of increased engine capacity, up from 800cc to 1000cc.
Bridgestone has been supplying the tyres for the sport since 2009 and received positive support from the riders, the FIM, Dorna, the Motorcycle Sports Manufacturers Association (MSMA) and the International Road Racing Teams Association (IRTA), all who have expressed a strong desire to continue the relationship.
Mikio Masunaga, Vice President and Senior Officer Member of the Board Responsible for Products Motorsport Bridgestone Corporation, said: “I am proud that we are able to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to MotoGP by extending our participation as Official Tyre Supplier to the premier class with a new three-year deal.
“Bridgestone has a very rich heritage in the leading motorsport categories across the world, and MotoGP represents a significant part of this heritage.
“I am encouraged that we can continue what has been a very successful relationship with the premier class of motorcycle road racing over the past nine years. I would like to thank the riders, the FIM, Dorna, the MSMA and IRTA for their support of us, in particular over the last two years as Official Tyre Supplier.
“MotoGP is a key global platform for Bridgestone both in carrying our brand and messages to an international audience and in enabling us to develop and prove our products and technical expertise on the world stage. I believe our involvement in MotoGP will enable us to continually improve the safety and performance of our consumer tyres.”
Since entering the championship’s top category, then 500cc, in 2002, it took just two years for the first win on Bridgestone. In 2009 Bridgestone was named the championship’s first Official Tyre Supplier, after just seven seasons of competition.