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2014-05-02 10:41

EXITING MOTOGP: Bridgestone has elected to leave the premier class of world motorcycle racing in 2015. Image: Tengku Bahar, AFP

ALAN BALDWIN

LONDON, England - Bridgestone, MotoGP's official tyre supplier, will pull out of MotoGP at the end of the 2015 season.

The Japanese company, which entered the now Honda and Yamaha-dominated championship in 2002, said it had "achieved its objectives of boosting technical ability and globally enhancing the brand".

Bridgestone became the sole supplier for the top category of motorcycle racing in 2009; the announcement said it would continue to invest investing in MotoGP tyre development over the next two seasons.

'RIGHT TIME TO EXIT'

Kyota Futami, general manager of Bridgestone's global motorsport department, said on May 1 2014: "It is with some sadness that we will make our exit yet, having achieved everything we set out to do when we entered the championship more than 10 years ago... our company believes it is the right time to exit."

Britain's Dunlop provides tyres for Moto2 and Moto3.

Bridgestone was also Formula 1's sole tyre supplier through 2008 to the end of 2010 when it was replaced by Italy's Pirelli.
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