NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 16, 2009)—Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations will discontinue offering its Bridgestone-brand tires to the AMA Supercross and Motocross at the end of the 2009 Motocross season in September.
The decision to end the 18-season supply arrangement was a direct result of the current economic crisis, according to Bridgestone.
Giving notice now will allow its teams to make arrangements for 2010 and beyond, said Bob Graham, senior manager of motorcycle products for the tire maker.
Since 1991, riders on Bridgestone brand tires have won 10 Supercross and 20 Supercross Lites championships, as well as 11 Motocross and 10 Motocross Lites championships.
The company didn't disclose how much money it will save because of the change.