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Bridgestone review: Le Mans

Bridgestone review tricky afternoon at Le Mans

Monday, 18 May 2009

The tire suppliers to the premier class were satisfied with the performance of their material over another complicated weekend.

The weather has not been kind to MotoGP or its single tire suppliers thus far in the first year of the new tire regulations, with highly difficult circumstances to deal with at three of the four Grands Prix which have already taken place in 2009.

The southern Spanish sunshine in Jerez came as a relief after the disruptive downpours in Qatar and Japan, but a visit to Le Mans with its notoriously changeable micro-climate meant the thinking caps were on again for the riders and their teams on Sunday.

Bridgestone do not supply intermediate rubber this year so the MotoGP stars commenced the Le Mans race on wet tires with much of the track already drying, as the sun came out, the key strategy of the racing thus converted into when to make a pitlane entrance and switch onto a slick-equipped second bike.

Troy Bayliss

Press Release

Troy Bayliss completed his first day of testing on board the Desmosedici GP9 at Mugello today alongside regular factory test rider Vittoriano Guareschi. It was a first outing for the Australian on a MotoGP bike since the final round of 2006, when he followed up his second World Superbike title by competing in the final Grand Prix of the season at Valencia, scoring a sensational one-two for Ducati with victory ahead of his team-mate Loris Capirossi.


Ducati MotoGP

All About Bikes Staff-Writer

The constantly evolving 2009 MotoGP World Championship continues this weekend, with the Le Mans circuit set to host a fourth round that will see each practice session return to a 60-minute format, as opposed to the 45-minute rule imposed at the start of the season.

There is constant evolution behind the scenes too, specifically in Bologna and at Mugello, where Ducati test rider Vittoriano Guareschi is preparing to be joined tomorrow by Troy Bayliss for the start of a three-day test focused on using the data from the opening three rounds of the season to further develop the GP9.

The Big To-do About Moto2

General Sport: The Big To-do: Moto2

Olaf Wolff
All About Bikes Sr. Staff-Writer

“One engine manufacturer, one tire supplier, one frame maker, one rider. One load of crap.”

That’s pretty much the medium opinion expressed on discussion boards regarding the new Moto2 class. The Grand Prix Commission announced not long ago that the new Moto2 class would be contested by 600cc four strokes. That was the simple part. Since that decision Moto2 has ignited more then a fair share of controversy, bickering, and bitterness – nearly killing the series before the first flag ever drops.

Chicken Hawk Racing

Chicken Hawk Racing

Press Release

Chicken Hawk Racing is proud to announce that Spunk Race Parts of Holland will be their European Distributor.  Spunk Race Parts distributes High Performance racing parts for motorcycles and got started in the SuperMoto market.

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