Jorge Lorenzo denies Bridgestone demand

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Jorge Lorenzo has denied demanding Yamaha bosses secure him a shock switch to Bridgestone tyres for the rest of the season.

The Spaniard categorically denied rumours that he asked to quit Michelin to race his factory Yamaha YZR-M1 on Bridgestone tyres for the last five races after his second place in Misano last month.

Compatriot Dani Pedrosa caused a storm controversy when he quit Michelin to race on Bridgestone tyres from Indianapolis onwards because of his dismay at the lack of performance from Michelin.

But double world 250 champion claims he made no such request follow suit and he said: “No, that’s not true. I think Michelin is the best option for this year. But for next year it depends on the performance. I only want to have the same options as the other riders, as the fast riders. If it's with Michelin, fine, it's good also if with Bridgestone.”

Lorenzo claimed his first ever wet weather podium finish in Indianapolis last weekend.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt