Capirossi: New tyres will cut crashes

Wed, 08 Feb 19:16:00 2012

MotoGP safety advisor Loris Capirossi believes Bridgestone's 2012 tyres have addressed the issues that concerned riders in 2011.

Ducati MotoGP rider Loris Capirossi waits to take part in the final pre-season test during the free practice session at the Losail international circuit in Doha - 0

Several frontrunners complained that a lack of feeling from last year's Bridgestone control tyres was a contributory factor in a number of crashes, particularly on cold rubber.

But after working with Bridgestone at the opening 2012 MotoGP test at Sepang last week, Capirossi believes the latest tyres are an improvement.

"In my discussions with the riders, the general feeling is that the 2012 specification tyres are very good and they're happy with the improved feeling they offer, which is important for the rider's confidence," said Capirossi.

"Also, the experimental front tyre that was tested in Sepang gave the riders an understanding of Bridgestone's direction with development."

Capirossi became a safety advisor at the end of last season, when he retired from riding at the age of 38 following a 22-year world championship career.

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