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New tyres to boost confidence

2013-02-04 14:42

BETTER CORNERING: Bridgestone's new Racing Battlax V01 will ensure rider confidence.

The Racing Battlax V01 racing slick is Bridgestone’s  new tyre and it’s specially designed for novices and medium class riders on race circuits.

Based on Bridgestone’s latest MotoGP compound and contact area technologies, Battlax V01 makes for quicker handling, better cornering and warm-up performance that is said to make riders more comfortable on track.

New compounds have been developed, optimising the blend for maximum grip across the selected temperature range. The front V01 tyre has a mono-spiral belt construction with a single crown radius resulting in better stability under the lean angle, while the smaller dual crown radius on the rear improves grip and smoothness.


Compared to the previous Battlax R01/R02 combination, the V01 is made up of a higher construction stiffness and contact feel, producing better lateral grip for cornering.

In-house comparative testing show big improvements in handling, cornering stability and chattering (excessive vibration), resulting in significant gains in average lap times.

As Bridgestone is the exclusive tyre supplier to MotoGP racing, a huge amount of tyre data and experience in all conditions and temperatures are reverted back to the company. From this, the company has developed advanced racing tyre technologies which it now transfers to its Battlax range of premium track and road tyres.

The Racing Battlax V01 slick is currently available in size 120/600 R17 V01F S0F TL for front tyres and 190/650 R17 V01R in soft and medium compounds for rear.

The tyre company has been involved with MotoGP for the past  11 years and also saw their 100th MotoGP victory on Bridgestone tyres at the Moto Grand Prix of San Marino, Italy during September 2012.


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