MEETING BRIDGESTONE

2016-04-09T00:00:00+02:00April 9th, 2016|24 Heures Motos 2016|

Bridgestone is back with a bang in the FIM EWC world championship with the Japanese team F.C.C. TSR Honda, which is currently aiming for victory at the 24 Heures Motos with riders Kazuma Watanabe, Alan Techer and Damian Cudlin.

With three wins at the Suzuka 8 Hours, F.C.C. TSR Honda has some solid racing experience. The Japanese Honda #5 was in the lead at the start of the race, and is holding on to its chance of victory against the world endurance heavyweights.
Masao Azuma, development engineer at Bridgestone, details how the Japanese brand prepared for the 24 Heures Motos.
“For a dry track, we worked on the basis of the specs we used for the JSB1000 championship in Japan, but with a softer compound. We didn’t have much time to get this selection of tyres ready, but we worked with Kazuma Watanabe in Japan this past winter. But Watanabe really thought he’d have more grip on the Le Mans track. Our MotoGP experience helped us choose the right tyres for the 24 Heures Motos. Our only area of uncertainty is building riders’ confidence, because if it’s very cold at night our tyres will probably heat up slower than the competition’s. Bridgestone development’s challenge is to prepare tyres that will be equally competitive on a cold or hot track during the world championship. The concept could also be extended to tyres for road use. Endurance provides excellent territory for development compared to the MotoGP. Personally, I really hope Bridgestone will keep developing tyres for the endurance world championship.”