The change in the tire marking system has been devised in response to the Factory and Open-class machines having access to different rear slick options over a race weekend. The old marking system denoted the softer option tire at each race with a white stripe, regardless of the compound specification of that tire. The new system means that each of the four slick tire compounds – Extra-soft, Soft, Medium and Hard – will have its own particular colour for the whole race season.
This change will make it easier for fans to distinguish between the Factory and Open-class tire allocation, and also distinguish the different front and rear tire combinations available to riders over a race weekend.
The colour scheme for the 2014 Bridgestone MotoGP slick tires is as follows:
• Extra-soft compound: Green
• Soft compound: White
• Medium compound: Black (no stripe)
• Hard compound: Red
The new Bridgestone rear slick marking system is designed to make it easier for spectators to see which front and rear tire riders have selected.
As only two options of wet tire will be offered for each MotoGP round; wet tires will still adopt the previous marking system with the plain, black tire denoting the harder option, while the softer option will be marked with a white stripe.
Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“The new tire marking scheme is designed to make it easier for fans to see which tire compound each rider is using on the front and rear of the bike. Before last year when the whole grid was on the same tire compounds, our old marking system worked perfectly. Since the introduction of the CRT class, and now the grid being split between the Factory and Open-class machines, we’ve decided to change the marking system to suit. Last year, when our marking system used the white stripe to denote the softer option for each class, the audience needed to know if a rider was a Factory or CRT bike to know which compound was being used. Now, even if our audience doesn’t necessarily know the difference between a Factory and Open class bike, by matching distinct colours to each of our tire compounds they will be able to tell the exact tire choice of each rider.
“We must also consider that the growing popularity of MotoGP means more and more new fans are tuning in to watch races, and we feel that this new system will make it easier to understand the riders’ tire choice and add an extra dimension to the MotoGP coverage.”