This week a new motorcycle championship gets underway for the first time, and Bridgestone will serve as sole tyre supplier for the series. The inaugural season of the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup begins in Qatar on 21 March, and over the coming half year it will be followed by rounds in Indonesia, China, Japan, and two rounds in Malaysia. For the first race, Bridgestone will supply its Racing Battlax R03 (front) and R04 (rear) tyres; around 1,500 of the new Racing Battlax V02 (GP3) tyres will be supplied to subsequent rounds.
In February, Bridgestone Corporation will introduce four new motorcycle radials into the global market, the company announced on 18 December. This new line-up includes three lines in the Battlax series and one Battlecross range.
Bridgestone has agreed to supply Aberdeen’s Bruce Smart with its Battlax Sport Touring T30 tyre as he embarks on a £1 million charity adventure in memory of his mother. His 75,000 mile journey will cross 84 countries in 18 months, a challenge which will be compounded by his decision to do it all on a Suzuki GSX-R1000. Bridgestone will follow the 36 year-old’s quest to raise £1 million for four different charities, supplying him with new tyres when necessary. Smart, who is raising money for The Children’s Trust Tadworth, the Born Free Foundation, the Royal British Legion and St Christopher’s Hospice, dropped by Bridgestone’s head offices in Warwick as he begins his round-the-world mission.
Armagh motorcyclist David Hoy will meet nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi after he became the winner of Bridgestone’s European ‘Mission Rossi’ competition. The 46 year-old will fly out to the Netherlands for the Assen round of the MotoGP championship, where he will receive VIP passes, accommodation, and a private meet and greet with the Italian legend.
A new Bridgestone radial for larger scooters is due for release this year – The new Battlax SC will be launched in Japan on 1 April and will also be introduced into other global markets during the course of 2012, including North, Central and South America, Asian and Oceania. In Europe it will be available as a replacement tyre for maxi scooters of 300cc and above.
Bridgestone’s Battlewing Adventure Sports tyre will be original equipment on Triumph’s latest model, the eagerly anticipated Tiger 800 XC. The tyre was chosen after rigorous testing for compatibility. The bike was unveiled in Milan earlier this month and is aimed at the adventure touring bike market. The fitment will help maximise the motorcycle’s on and off road capabilities, says Bridgestone.
Bridgestone’s Battlax BT-023 tyre has been voted “the best sports-touring all-rounder” by Bike magazine six months after its launch. Bike, Britain’s best-selling motorcycle magazine, fitted sport-touring tyres from many leading manufacturers to its fleet of bikes and compared them, with Bridgestone coming out on top.
Bridgestone has released details of fresh bike tyre fitments in the Sport-touring segment, as the recently launched Battlax BT-023 receives approval on popular models. The BT-023 rear and BT-020 front mix has now been approved for bikes such as the BMW R1200GS and the Kawasaki KLV1000. This newly approved dual fitment allows bikers currently riding on BT-020s the option to replace rear tyres with the BT-023 when the rear BT-020 is phased out in June.
Tyre retailers enjoyed a thrilling taste of life in the fast lane after Bike Tyrestore and Bridgestone enlisted the help of racing legend Ron Haslam for an adrenalin-fuelled reward day. More than 30 riders, all key customers of the leading wholesaler and tyre manufacturer, were invited to the Track Attack event at the former World Champion’s Race School at Donington Park.
They received expert tuition to find the perfect racing line for an array of different models. And they also had the opportunity to attend clinics hosted by Bridgestone technicians, who answered tyre-related questions and offered the low-down on Bridgestone products, including Battlax BT-014s, which is the official tyre of Ron Haslam’s racing school.
Bridgestone used the EICMA show in Milan last month to introduce new motorcycle tyres. The Battlax BT-014 already has several OE homologations and the BT-020 and BT-45 are designed for the growing enduro/touring sector. The fourth new tyre, the Battlax BT-002, is for riders competing in supersport races or track days.
The British magazine Motorcycle News has tested motorcycle tyres for machines over 600 cc. Bridgestone’s “BT 010” has won the title “Product of the Year” in its class due to its extraordinarily good performance. The editor of the magazine underlined in particular the durability and the price-performance relation.