TOKYO—Bridgestone Corp. recently announced the launch of four motorcycle tires for 2014.
The new products are Battlax Hypersport S20 EVO; Battlax Racing R10 EVO, with a new construction and compound; Battlax Racing V02, with latest MotoGP technology; and Battlecross X30 and X40, with advanced motocross tread technology for medium and hard terrains.
Battlax Hypersport S20 was the Motorrad test winner in 2012 and 2013. Engineers have worked on the construction and compound to extend rear tire wear life and improve handling and cornering grip at high angles. It initially will be available in one front size and four rear sizes in ZR range, beginning in March.
The upgrade of Battlax Racing R10 provides faster lap times by improving front tire cornering speed and adding traction grip and consistency to the rear, according to Bridgestone.
Racing Battlax V02 has increased grip combined with performance consistency to give lap times that are over one second faster than the current V01 racing tire.
Bridgestone has also moved to strengthen its position in the motocross tire market with the launch of Battlecross X30 for medium terrain and Battlecross X40 for hard terrain.
Battlecross X30 will be available in Europe in two front sizes and four rear sizes from April. Battlecross X40 will be offered in one front size and three rear sizes from May.