ONCE a giant in the MotoGP paddock, Bridgestone has been making increasingly more noise on the British club racing scene in recent years.
And at a recent event, NG powerhouse Josh Day made blatantly clear that his 2017 successes were due in part to his choice of rubber…
“Those tyres already have a full day on them,” he told UK Clubsport as he wrapped up day one of two, already having taken double victory. “More people need to try them, they have a full day of riding and I’m still running 1:31s and high 1:30s at Cadwell.”
But tyre choices are a dime a dozen at the front of the pack, with at least seven top-flight manufacturers bringing rubber that constantly hits the podium.
Defending Thundersport GP1 champ Lee Williams has been running Michelins with much success, while the Market Rasen Marauder Phil Crowe swears by Dunlops.
Auto 66 front runner Jonathan Lodge is with Day on the Bridgestone choice, but National Superstock 1000 title threat Chrissy Rouse runs right there with Day and his ‘Stones on the BSB control Pirellis.
Isle of Man TT winner Gary Johnson can rock up and win races on Metzelers, while former British 125GP champion and fellow road race ace Dan Cooper can do the same on Avons.
And Golden Era Superbike racer Ryan Strafford seems to keep building on his Continental-shod success, while Richie Harrison does the same in the Golden Era Supersport class.
So it seems there’s a tyre out there for everyone – what do you think?
*Image: Steve Snelling