Elliott and Josh pick-up Bridgestone’s ultimate off-road prize
After winning the Bridgestone British Masters in stunning style in 2018, the world’s number one tyre and rubber company is inflating Elliott Banks-Browne and Josh Gilbert’s presence in motocross to new levels - in more ways than one.
Fresh from their exploits in the MX1 and MX2 championships respectively, both Elliott and Josh can enjoy a year behind the wheel of a fully personalised and branded Toyota Hilux pick-up truck for the year
The four-wheel prizes are amongst the first of their kind to be awarded to triumphant riders in any motocross series and it is hoped that they will raise the profile of the Bridgestone British Masters to even greater heights, leading to more competitive classes and even more exposure. The winners of the 2019 series will receive the use of the pick-ups as per this year’s winners.
The unique investment is symbolic of a wide-ranging involvement in the sport and elevates the brand’s Battlecross tyres to even higher levels of significance.
Bridgestone’s premium range of motocross products is increasingly viewed as being amongst the very best in motocross, with different compounds and tread patterns specially designed for the varied surfaces that riders compete on. The Battlecross X10 (sand and mud) X20 (softer ground), X30 (medium) and X40 (hard) products help to boost confidence when entering and exiting corners at speed, whatever the racing line.
And in a second high-profile announcement, Bridgestone has also announced that it will be official tyre suppliers to the Geartec Husqvarna MX Team for the 2019 season. Their riders - double British Championship winner Elliott Banks-Browne, and multiple AMCA and IMBA Champion Luke Burton - will embark on a three-pronged tilt for silverware in the British Championship, MX Nationals and Bridgestone British Masters.
Geartec Husqvarna team manager Paul Mason said: “The tyres are absolutely brilliant. The back tyres are absolutely stunning and we’ve got to grips with the front to create the perfect set-up. It’s a damn good tyre range.
“We’ve done lots of testing, spending two months testing tyres back-to-back and the decision to move to Bridgestone was the right one. The aftercare support that Bridgestone provides and the Battlecross range is second to none.
Geartec Husqvarna rider Elliott Banks-Browne, one of the UK’s most talented riders, said: “Tyres are a big thing for me, so to get on the Bridgestone and feel that grip straight away was huge. We’ve done a lot of testing and the lap times have already improved. Having the right tyre for the right surface will be a huge advantage for us, which we’ve not had before.”
“As for the truck, I was blown away when I received it from Bridgestone. It is an amazing
Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S21 on the
new stunning BMW S1000RR
Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre and rubber company, has announced that the Battlax Hypersport S21 has been selected and approved by BMW Motorrad as original equipment on the new stunning S1000RR.
Bridgestone developed the Battlax S21 specifically for the breath taking new S1000RR.
The front S21 tyre is designed with an optimised crown profile for better handling and precision through corners and a superb neutral feeling, together with a triple-layer compound and high-stiffness bead fillers for optimum damping and stability.
The rear S21 tyre features an enhanced cornering stability and grip by mean of a specific top compound and a higher crown stiffness thanks to the Bridgestone Mono Spiral Belt technology.
“After many years of supply of our Hypersport S20 Evo on the previous S1000RR model, it was our target to provide BMW Motorrad with a tyre that gives riders the best that this new superbike can offer. We have used all of our know how in terms of technology and materials and all of our passion to fulfil the demanding performance level requested by BMW Motorrad”, explains Nico Thuy, Head of Motorcycle Europe, Bridgestone EMEA. “ This new original fitment recognizes the quality of our products and our leadership in tyre development technologies achieved along the years through our involvement in motorsport and our long-term alliances with premium manufacturers like BMW Motorrad.
We are definitely very proud of this achievement and looking forward to support BMW Motorrad in their next exciting challenges ”.
Bridgestone strengthens motocross grip with Crescent Yamaha
Bridgestone has strengthened its grip in motocross in stunning style, after Crescent Yamaha opted for its range of Battlecross tyres in its quest for success in the ACU British Championship and MX Nationals series.
As the official Yamaha UK-supported team, Crescent Yamaha will be fighting for podiums with the latest GYTR-equipped 2019 YZF bikes. Northern Ireland’s Martin Barr will compete in MX2 on the all-new 2019 Yamaha YZ250F in MX2, while Bournemouth’s Jake Shipton will continue in the premier MX1 class with the 2019 Yamaha YZ450F.
The two riders were given sets of Bridgestone Battlecross tyres to test, after being made aware of the performance capabilities of the range. After putting the tyres through their paces, both Martin, Jake and the Crescent Yamaha team was unanimous in its praise of the products and have now joined forces with the world’s number one tyre and rubber company.
Bridgestone’s premium range of motocross products is increasingly viewed as being amongst the very best in the sport, with different compounds and tread patterns specially designed for the varied surfaces that riders compete on. The Battlecross X10 (sand and mud) X20 (softer ground), X30 (medium) and X40 (hard) products help to boost confidence when entering and exiting corners at speed, whatever the racing line.
Paul Denning, Crescent Yamaha Racing Team Principal said: Motocross is largely about rider confidence and that vital understanding of the grip level available. From the very first tests of the new Bridgestone Battlecross range, Martin and Jake gave glowing reports of how confident they felt with the front – the new X20 Battlecross giving great feedback in a wide variety of conditions – and also how stable and predictable the rear tyres feel under acceleration.
“Riders often have their own traditional ‘favourite’ tyres and neither had ever used Bridgestone in the past, but both immediately confirmed their preference to move to the Battlecross range. That is enough of an endorsement in itself, and therefore as a team, Crescent Yamaha is very happy to align ourselves with such a high-quality company and product in Bridgestone for the 2019 season.”
Bridgestone’s North Region Motorcycle Product Manager Gary Hartshorne said: “Crescent Yamaha’s decision to opt for our Battlecross range of tyres represents a huge coup for Bridgestone and is something we’re extremely proud of.
“More and more motocross teams and riders are choosing our premium range of motocross tyres having ridden on them and experienced their performance first-hand. This is what has pleased us most here and gives us the most satisfaction. We invited the team to take some tyres to test on a range of different surfaces and the feedback has been hugely positive. We know all about Martin Barr and Jake Shipton from our own presence in motocross. They’re extremely talented riders, so to see them competing on our products will be a sight we’ll be proud of.
“We wish Martin, Jake and the Crescent Yamaha team all the best for the forthcoming season. We’re confident that they’ll enjoy a year to remember, particularly with our Battlecross tyres fitted to their GYTR-equipped 2019 YZF bikes.”