The challenge of Silverstone for Bridgestone

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This weekend’s British Grand Prix is one of the most challenging tests for rider, machine and tyres on the MotoGP calendar. The high speed nature of the track places a huge strain on each and for Bridgestone this is one of their most contrasting circuits of the year with the high speed changes of direction mixed with slow speed corners such as Vale.

“Silverstone poses a considerable technical challenge for Bridgestone due to its fast average speed combined with the possibility of cool, wet weather,” said Shinji Aoki of Bridgestone. “The fast nature of the circuit means that in sections such as Maggotts and Becketts the tyres are put under high lateral loads, while areas like the entry to Stowe place a lot of strain on the centre section of the front tyre.

“Track temperatures here are usually quite low, so warm-up performance is very important, especially on the left shoulder of the tyres which is used less. The layout requires asymmetric rear tyres to balance the demands placed on each side of the rear tyre and regulate the overall tyre temperature.”

Sunday’s race will be over 20 laps.

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Steve English

By Steve English