MotoGP: Bridgestone Indianapolis GP Re-Cap (Video)

NGM Mobile Forward Racing Pit Row shot


’s Marc Marquez capped off an emphatic display of speed at Indianapolis MotorSpeedway by claiming his third consecutive MotoGP victory last Sunday ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo.

Conditions at Indianapolis on Sunday were hot with a peak track temperature of 53°C recorded during the race and as fine weather persisted for the whole race weekend, the riders had ample opportunity to evaluate tire choices before the race. All slick compounds in Bridgestone’s allocation for the Indianapolis Grand Prix being tested.

Q&A with Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tire Development Department:

There was a lot of variation in tire choice over the race weekend but for the race, no works riders selected the harder option rear slick.

“Indianapolis continued the trend we have seen throughout this season; riders are prepared to choose the softer rear slick option and devise a strategy to make it last the race distance rather than opting for the more durable, hard rear slick. It seems riders want the option that will give them maximum performance at the start of the race, rather than have a tire option that will offer more consistent grip levels over the race distance. However, reviewing some of the rider comments after the race, I believe that some riders would have had good results had they chosen the harder rear slick available to them, as some did experience a marked drop in tire performance in the final laps of the race on the softer rear slick.

The Indianapolis circuit is very abrasive and the extra durability of the harder option may have offered more consistent performance over the race distance. The challenge for us at the moment is developing new tires and looking at compound selection so that riders feel there is more of a benefit to selecting harder rear slick options for the race, and work in this regard is ongoing.”

Dani Pedrosa race action shot