MotoGP to implement revised tyre rules
Bridgestone has revised its MotoGP tyre allocation system in a bid to offer riders more options for the rest of the season.
Riders will now be able to choose from three different front tyre compounds instead of two, while the total number of front slicks used per weekend has been increased from nine to 10.
Tyre graining issues incurred at the second round of the season at Austin prompted Bridgestone to trial this new system at last weekend’s Grand Prix of Argentina.
Following a successful test, the Japanese manufacturer has agreed to implement the system for the remainder of the season.
“This change to the front slick tyre allocation will give riders greater choice at each race weekend, and will ensure that we have a tyre allocation that can manage any weather or track conditions encountered,” said Bridgestone’s Hiroshi Yamada
“MotoGP machines are becoming ever more demanding on tyres, with improved lap times and a greater variety in the performance characteristics between bikes, so an increased front tyre allocation will benefit everybody.
“Following the positive experience with the expanded front slick allocation at the Argentina Grand Prix, Bridgestone proposed to offer three front slick compound options to riders for the entire MotoGP season, and the FIM and Dorna have agreed to implement this change.”
The new tyre allocation system will be used for the first time officially at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.
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