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Matthew Birt  says:

Bridgestone to end MotoGP tyre supply deal

Bridgestone has announced that its role as official tyre supplier to the MotoGP world championship will end at the end of the 2015 campaign. The Japanese factory has been involved in MotoGP since 2002 and became the exclusive official supplier when the premier class introduced a single tyre rule for the 2009 season onwards. Bridgestone’s current three-year deal expires at the end...

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redracer46

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redracer46 says:

Pirelli

Personally would ike to see a return to open tyre competiton like the Michelin/Pirelli days.  But think Pirelli would like to muscle in here and have the monopoly on BSB, WSBK, Moto GP and F1

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redracer46

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redracer46 says:

Bridgestone

Like the Michelln/Bridgestone days even..... Oops ! haha.

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racingfan99

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racingfan99 says:

This is potentially very good news as far as racing goes in the Motogp class. The single tyre rule has done nothing at all to bring excitement or closer racing to the class. The same tyres on different bikes has largely created more problems than less for some teams (Ducati in particular I feel).
As this comes into effect in 2016 it’s already clear sadly that Dorna are going to f*** it up. Putting this out to tender should be open and allow the tyre companies who want to and all the bike teams a few months to grab any opportunities to test on every bike. As anyone knows who rides; the different characteristics and handling of any bike can improve or deteriorate dramatically depending on the rubber. By stupidly announcing there is only a mere 2 weeks window from now for bids (why the rush?!) with no testing means probably the lowest bid will win and it suggests that Dorna will continue on with the failed single tyre rule again…and have no clue if the chosen company will be able to produce the quality of tyres required.
Get rid of the single tyre rule and let the bikes be shod with what suits each of the bikes the best. This is supposed to be a race series of the very best not primarily a cost/budget focus exercise. The budget/cost side of Motogp is ruining the racing and too many contradictions where vast money is wasted tend to make a mockery of other areas…like saving the cost of 4 litres of juice per bike per race…..but flying back and forth across the world in random and inefficient order seems to be ok.
 

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Stonered

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Stonered says:

 Hooray....well almost....bit strange having a 3 week tender process for a key supply contract worth millions in marketing potential .... One could almost suspect the winner has already been selected...but I'm sure Dorna wouldn't work that way...

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SundayRoast

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SundayRoast says:

Done Deal

Sounds like a done deal to me. Dunlop support Moto 2 & 3 so dropping a few more tyres on the bus should be easy.  Who else is going to do it. Michelin maybe but unlikely. Pirelli are flat out in WSB so again unlikely.

Bridgestone are pulling out because their tyre problems over the last few rounds (which are not necessarily totally their own fault), have caused them serious embarrassment and no doubt road sales (as riders switch to alternatives or just don't replace with Bridgestone through lack of confidence). 

It is a fickle, low margin business and whoever takes it on has to be pretty thick skinned.

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LiesIncPLC

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LiesIncPLC says:

Having one make of tyre for everyone was always a bad idea as there is no incentive for Bridgestoner to make an effort , the riders don't have any choice .

But in the past when there was no restriction on tyre manufacturers we had a situation where they could make and provide tyres only for specific bikes or riders which I think was unfair so , if we want choice and competition the obvious answer is to open things up by allowing say 2 manufacturers to provide tyres but those tyres have to be available to everyone .

There would then be genuine comptition as they each tried to come up with the best tyres and to have their tyres on the winning bikes .

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racingfan99

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racingfan99 says:

Come on Dorna sort it out!
Homogenisation to a generic level always creates boredom and lack of interest. Its why sporting championships have rivalries because of the many differences within teams or individual oponents. We don’t have single manufacturer teams, bikes, shocks, gearboxes, helmets, leathers, brakes, exhausts……so why do we have to with tyres?
 

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vmax4steve

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vmax4steve says:

Good news

Only a three week window to get the applications in means an already done deal or a way to prevent any single manufacturer being able get a bid in on time leaving the door open for a return to multiple manufacturers supplying different teams on contract, a return to the old days.

The question is really about cost, can Dunlop afford to supply the entire series ? I think not, Bridgestone are out but are surely able to continue for a team or two in competition with Michelin, Dunlop and Pirelli and maybe others. Development of manufacturing supporting just one open class team would be an option for the likes of Metzler, Avon, Continental etc so fine tuning for certain bikes and riders styles would be an option for these smaller companies and a good advertisement for their product if seen to be successful in real terms against the factory efforts.

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Bob Buttamasangy

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Any wonder Bridgestone have given up when there's a different set of parameters to cater for every other weekend thanks to DORNA?

What if no one tenders?

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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

Of course we should have tyre competition

But it's not on Dorna's agenda. Bridgestone have had their marketings worth of MotoGP, time for them to move on. But who will step into the breach? Michelin didn't want it last time around, will they have a change of heart?

Pirelli's or Dunlop? Are they capable, let alone willing?

No, it's got to be the Chinese. Forget 60 degree lean angles and lap records, Cheng Shin are coming and dissent will not be tolerated. Only Uncle Carmelo will win from this.

 

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