Bridgestone to withdraw from MotoGP at end of 2015
1 May 2014 – Bridgestone will cease to supply tyres to the MotoGP World Championship at the end of 2015, it has been announced.
Bridgestone first entered MotoGP in 2002 and since 2009 has been the official tyre supplier. However, as the Japanese manufacturer has now achieved all of its objectives, the decision has been taken to exit.
"It is with some sadness that we will make our exit from MotoGP after such a prosperous participation in the sport. Yet, having achieved everything we set out to do when we entered the championship over ten years ago, including sharing in many MotoGP World Championships, our company believes it is the right time to implement an exit strategy from the series," explained Kyota Futami, General Manager, Global Motorsport Department, Bridgestone Corporation.
"Over the next two seasons we will continue our world-class level of support to all the teams and riders, and will keep investing heavily in our MotoGP tyre development programme. We will continue to push the boundaries of motorcycle tyre development over the next two years to ensure that we leave the championship at the end of 2015 in the best way possible," he added.
Meanwhile, Dorna, MotoGP's commercial rights holder, has already begun the process of looking for a new tyre supplier.
"The Tender application starts today, the 1st May 2014, and will conclude on the 22nd May 2014. All interested tyre manufacturers can request the technical specifications from Dorna's Managing Director Javier Alonso. Dorna Sports SL wishes to thank Bridgestone for the years of great collaboration and success in the championship," read a statement on the official MotoGP website.