While the world of MotoGP may seem a far cry from the realm of the everyday motorcyclist, the lessons learned in the heat of competition enable Bridgestone to deliver unrivalled safety and performance to its consumers.
If you’ve ever wondered why Bridgestone invests so much time and money in MotoGP, the answer is simple. Of course it works very well as a marketing and product promotion tool, but by far the greatest benefit is in the form of technology transfer.
The key tyre performance requirements of grip, durability and rider feel are just as important to road riders as they are to racers and in MotoGP, Bridgestone has access to the best possible test environment to develop these characteristics to the highest level.
Working with the best riders, teams and engineers in the world, Bridgestone acquires an enormous amount of tyre data that is immensely beneficial to the development of road tyres. When improvements are made, these are proven in the heat of competition - in the form of lap records for example - and any lessons learned on the track find their way into Bridgestone’s line-up of road tyres.
As sole tyre supplier to MotoGP, Bridgestone’s race tyres share more MotoGP DNA with its road tyres than ever before. They must exhibit high performance and incredible reliability of course, but with fewer compounds available, each must work across a wider range of temperatures and track conditions while affording very high durability to ensure each rider’s tyre allocation lasts the whole Grand Prix weekend.
The latest Bridgestone development to benefit from this transfer of technology is the BATTLAX Hyper Sport S20. Incorporating the latest race-derived technology, the S20 delivers unsurpassed warm-up performance, grip levels in both wet and dry conditions and comfort for street, road and track riding.
An advanced construction utilising Bridgestone’s proven Mono-Spiral Belt (MSB) and High Tensile Super Penetrated Cord (HTSPC) delivers the optimal contact patch at all riding angles to provide greater grip in all conditions.
The S20’s tread pattern is designed with grooves that straighten out in the centre of the tread, improving cornering performance when the angle is low, particularly at turn-in. On the front, the side grooves run up to the shoulder, providing better contact feels at high angles and stronger grip on wet and dry.
The new compound with Silica Rich and Bridgestone’s proprietary NanoPro-Tech™ polymer provides confident grip right from the start during warm-up without sacrificing durability, while also enhancing grip in the wet and at low temperatures.
Finally, a triple-layer compound (3LC) with optimized segmentation of soft and harder compounds has been applied on the front and rear to improve dry grip, offer high stability in cornering, and further enhance durability.
In short, the MotoGP-derived technology in Bridgestone’s BATTLAX Hyper Sport S20 grants consumers the optimal combination of performance, stability, cornering grip and durability for a road tyre. Riders can now enjoy superior warm-up performance and confidence inspiring grip in every conceivable weather condition.
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Bridgestone Europe (BSEU), with European headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a key regional subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. Bridgestone Europe operates an R&D center, 8 plants and offices in more than 30 European countries, with over 13,000 employees. BSEU’s premium tyres are sold both within Europe and globally.