Bridgestone Battlax BT-016 Pro Tire Review

For all you sport bike riders out there who are looking for tires that are great in the rain, for street riding and an occasional track day, the Bridgestone Battlax BT-016 Pro Tires might be worth looking at.

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An improved version of the original BT-016, the Pro model offers great performance in wet weather conditions and an increase in mileage. These sport bike tires provide better stability, more traction and longer wear, with multiple compounds of rubber. The front tire which has a dual compound construction (3LC), is softer along the edges for grip, while the center is firmer for greater stability. The Bridgestone Battlax BT-016 rear tire in turn is made with a triple compound (5LC). Firmer rubber in the center for stability, softer rubber in the mid areas for traction and the softest rubber along the edges for a greater connection to the road while leaning into the curves. With a conservative tread pattern that heats up well, you’ll get all the traction you need, in any kind of weather conditions. To get a closer look at these motorcycle tires, check out the video review below.

Bridgestone Signs New 3-Year Deal With MotoGP

bridgestone_tiresBridgestone, the official tire supplier of the MotoGP, has just signed a new deal with Dorna Sports that will keep it in its position for the next three years.

Bridgestone will be the official tire supplier until at least 2014, and will help the MotoGP as it transitions to a 1000cc championship series. Under the new deal, Bridgestone will continue to provide tires and technical support to each rider on the premier class grid.

“I am both proud and excited that we are able to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to MotoGP by extending our participation as Official Tyre Supplier to the premier class with a new three-year deal,” said Mikio Masunaga, Vice-President and Member of the Board, Bridgestone Corporation. “Bridgestone has a very rich heritage in the leading motorsport categories across the world, and MotoGP represents a significant part of this history.”

Bridgestone has been the official tire supplier since 2009, but has been involved in the MotoGP for much longer than that. 70 GP victories, 179 podiums, and four MotoGP championships have been won with the help of Bridgestone tires.

“I am very pleased that we can continue to work closely with Bridgestone for another three years after this season, and I would like to thank them for their continued commitment to MotoGP,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. “Bridgestone has a great track record in all forms of motorsport, in particular MotoGP, and has done a great job since they were appointed the championship’s first ever Official Tire Supplier, so we all know they are up to the task this season and over the following three years.

“Their ongoing commitment at this early point is important in allowing us to plan for the future, especially for the teams as they are already underway with their development plans for next year and the new 1000cc era, and I believe it also demonstrates the value of MotoGP as a business platform.”

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Bridgestone Gives Preview of 2011 MotoGP Opening Round in Qatar

Bridgestone_MotoGP_ReportNow established as the curtain-raiser for the MotoGP season, Qatar’s Losail International Circuit again heralds a return to action on March 20th for motorcycle racing’s top category and for Bridgestone who return as the Official Tire Supplier to the premier class for the third year.

Following the Tohoku earthquake last week, Bridgestone has pledged support to the relief and recovery of its home nation and to those affected by the events of last Friday. At the moment, Bridgestone is doing its best in this difficult situation to ensure that the MotoGP tire supply will be uninterrupted.

The Qatar Grand Prix, the season’s only night race, presents unique and unusual challenges for Bridgestone’s tyres. Night-time temperatures are relatively cool at around 25 degrees, meaning that softer tyre compounds are required to generate good grip and feeling for the riders, however tyre wear is relatively high because of the nature of the tarmac. Being located in the desert outside Qatar’s capital Doha, sand blown onto the circuit makes it very abrasive, demanding harder tyre compounds in order to provide sufficient durability.

Bridgestone’s approach to these challenges remains unchanged from last year when tyre performance and rider feedback was good. This means the medium and extra hard compound slick tyres have been selected alongside the medium and hard rear slicks to provide a balance of cool-weather performance and good wear resistance.

The circuit conditions also change throughout the course of each evening as the temperature starts to drop and the track becomes more slippery. The temperature differential can be sufficient to create high humidity and damp patches on track, and this is one of the main reasons that the race this year will start one hour earlier than in 2010, at 2200hrs local time. This year the MotoGP schedule has returned to three 45minute free practice sessions and one hour of qualifying, and at Losail the first practice session gets underway on Thursday 17 March at 1955hrs local time.

Mikio Masunaga, Vice President and Official Member of the Board, Bridgestone Corporation said:

“We send our deepest condolences to the people suffering from last week’s terrible Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake Disaster. We sincerely hope that quality of life and a sense of normality can be restored for all those affected by this tragedy and Bridgestone group promise to help with the all-out relief and recovery effort. At this moment in the current situation we are working hard to ensure our MotoGP tyre supply is unaffected and I am confident that we will achieve this. Many Japanese manufacturers and personnel are involved in MotoGP and our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families at this time. We will continue to provide our best support to all MotoGP teams and riders throughout 2011.”

Hiroshi Yamada, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department said:

“This is perhaps the most publicised start to a season in recent times because of all the rider and team changes and I think we are in for a very exciting opening race and whole year. Last year our tyre allocation process worked fairly and was well supported by everyone so we will keep it the same this year, and pre-season testing has gone well so I am confident of another strong season as the Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP in which we hope to continue playing our part in making the racing exciting and giving the riders safe and predictable tyres.”

Hirohide Hamashima, Director, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development said:

“The Qatar GP is a totally different challenge for us because it is the only race of the year to be run at night and in the desert. By the time the bikes are on track under the spotlights, the track temperature is around the lowest of the year in dry conditions but the desert sand often blows across the circuit. The sand is not like you’d find on a beach but more closely resembles a powder which makes the surface slippery yet very abrasive which is a difficult situation to deal with. It is very tough for our tyres as they have to be soft enough to provide grip with the low track temperature but hard enough to resist wear and graining and have sufficient strength to cope with the heavy braking points.

“This is the reason that we have selected the medium and extra hard compound front slick tyres for Losail instead of the usual consecutive pair of compounds. The medium compound gives good grip in the cool conditions when the track is clean, but when the track gets sandy the additional hardness of the extra hard compound provides the necessary durability and wear resistance to consistently cover race distance without graining.”

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Medium, Extra Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard.

[Press Release and Photo Courtesy of Bridgestone]