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Old Mar 16th 2014, 11:50 PM   #1
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New Bridgestone V02 Medium tested

Just wanted to share my experience with the new V02 Bridgestone Slicks.
I only had 1 set to test in Acarras in Spain, but this already made a great impression on me. The tyres are very precise on hard breaking and steering into the corners and were sliding lees of all tyres used.. Rubber sticky as hell. Was riding 3 different tyres SC0, SC 1 and the medium V02. Overall the Bridgestones felt best.
I was very surprised, that these tyres were so good and so were some other people in my racing team. In the beginning some were sceptical about these tyres. We will be testing the tyres in 2 weeks on race distance (17 laps) in both med. and soft compound on our home track.
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Old Mar 17th 2014, 12:37 AM   #2
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Now that's some good news!!!

We have been sponsored by Bredgestone since back in 2004, and have been using their slick tyres on and off since then. We had some seasons with spec tyres in our Superbike series over here, when whe ran Pirellis.

I was extremely pleased with the progress on the V01 slicks that we were given last season. They were a huge leap forward for Bridgestone. Especially on the front tyres, that to be honest have been crap basically. We actually had better performance (before the V01's) using the slick rear and the R10 front.

The Bridgestone guys have been raving about the V02's all winter, and showing us a lot of test results, datasheets, specifications, etc. It all looks extremely promising on paper, but all the tests and data were from their own testing, and not from any unbiased testing. so...

In their tests at sliverstone, the V02's performed better than both Pirellis and Dunlops on a number of different bikes. And were almost a second faster than the V01's.

Our season hasn't really kicked in here, so I haven't gotten a chance to test them yet. But reading your positive feedback felt great!

Do you have any more info?

What preassures did you use? Hot/cold? Did you chaneg the geometry of the bike when going from Pirellis to Bridgestones? The V02's seems to be having the same profile and height as the V01's, meaning a 6-7mm change from Pirellis...

How's the abbrasion level at Acarras? How was the weather like? Hot/cold/sunny/cloudy?

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Old Mar 17th 2014, 01:29 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Macke View Post
Now that's some good news!!!

We have been sponsored by Bredgestone since back in 2004, and have been using their slick tyres on and off since then. We had some seasons with spec tyres in our Superbike series over here, when whe ran Pirellis.

I was extremely pleased with the progress on the V01 slicks that we were given last season. They were a huge leap forward for Bridgestone. Especially on the front tyres, that to be honest have been crap basically. We actually had better performance (before the V01's) using the slick rear and the R10 front.

The Bridgestone guys have been raving about the V02's all winter, and showing us a lot of test results, datasheets, specifications, etc. It all looks extremely promising on paper, but all the tests and data were from their own testing, and not from any unbiased testing. so...

In their tests at sliverstone, the V02's performed better than both Pirellis and Dunlops on a number of different bikes. And were almost a second faster than the V01's.

Our season hasn't really kicked in here, so I haven't gotten a chance to test them yet. But reading your positive feedback felt great!

Do you have any more info?

What preassures did you use? Hot/cold? Did you chaneg the geometry of the bike when going from Pirellis to Bridgestones? The V02's seems to be having the same profile and height as the V01's, meaning a 6-7mm change from Pirellis...

How's the abbrasion level at Acarras? How was the weather like? Hot/cold/sunny/cloudy?

Cheers

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See you are riding in Swedish BoTT. Guess we will meet at Assen and maybe Most
When I saw all the results of the testing this winter, I was quite impressed, but as always it is a part of the marketing . Anyway, I was sceptical, but must admit, that the tests reflect the truth.

Info (out of my head, as I have the data with the team:
Air/Track: 18/26 deg
Pressure Tire warmer (front/rear): 2,25/1,65 (1,60)
Pressure of track (front/rear): 2,25/1,85
So about the same as Pirelli
Geometrics: same as with Pirelli
TC: Index of TC interference was overall lower than with the Pirelli tyres.So the TC kicked in less and was not going crazy.
Lap times were 3/10 faster, than with Pirelli, but I tested them on day 2 of 3.
Guess if tested on day 3 with another set, I would have a second off.
Lap times: fast

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What were the tire sizes used?
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Old Mar 17th 2014, 03:32 AM   #5
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What were the tire sizes used?
120/600 R 17 TL Medium Front
200/655 R 17 TL Medium Rear

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I'm very excited about this tire! We're supposed to start getting the first sets here in April.
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Originally Posted by Kraai View Post
Geometrics: same as with Pirelli
Ok!

When we switched from Pirellis to the V01 we meassured the complete wheels, and found that it was a 7mm difference in height between the two.

With the V01's we needed to lower the bike 5mm in front, and raise it 2mm in the back, to get the same geometry as with the Pirellis.

Since Bridgestone says that the V02's is the same dimensions as the V01's, you should (in theory) get a slower turn in without adjusting for this.

Maybe something to try the next time!

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Old Mar 17th 2014, 06:58 AM   #8
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See you are riding in Swedish BoTT. Guess we will meet at Assen and maybe Most
Yes, our main focus will be on the Swedish PRO Superbike Championship, and the Scandinavian Open maybe. Then we will try to do as many of the Nordic BoTT races as possible.

We will not be at Most, but possibly at Assen...

So, if you see a confused Swede wondering around the paddok. Come up and introduce yourself...

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What were the tire sizes used?
According to the information I have been given by Bridgestone, there will only be one size front, and one for the rear.

Superbike 120/600 R17 V02F SOFT Front NEW 2014 Art.no:7192
Superbike 120/600 R17 V02F MEDIUM Front NEW 2014 Art.no:7193
Superbike 200/655 R17 V02R SOFT Rear NEW 2014 Art.no:7194
Superbike 200/655 R17 V02R MEDIUM Rear NEW 2014 Art.no:7195
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Oh, and since the front and rear are different sizes than the Pirellis that the Panigale is set up for, the DTC should not work at all with the V02's.

We are working on a quick and dirty fix for this, by designing a new trigger wheel for the wheel speed sensor on the back wheel. With the same precentage difference in pulses as the difference in wheel size between the Pirellis and the Bridgestone V02's.

That being said, we have gotten a lot of indications that the DTC (even with the correct setup on Pirellis) won't work at all for serious racing. Most of the Panigale racers I hav talked to switch the DTC off when racing. Would be interesting to hear some feedback from you guys about this...

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