13:00Marc Marquez wins his second MotoGP™ championship in a row
|The 2014 MotoGP™ season concluded in exciting fashion at the Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday, the 9th of November, with Bridgestone successfully completing its thirteenth season in the premier class of Motorcycle Grand Prix racing and its seventh as Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP™.
For the second consecutive year, a record number of fans watched MotoGP™ races, with a total of 2,473,624 spectators attending the eighteen rounds around the world, joining the hundreds of millions of fans around the globe tuning in to watch the races on television. MotoGP™ action also returned to South America in 2014, with Argentina’s Autodromo Termas Rio Hondo hosting the third round of the championship.
Spanish sensation Marc Marquez won his second successive MotoGP™ World Championship, as the Repsol Honda rider scored a record thirteen victories in a premier class season, to cement his legendary status in the sport. Despite Marquez’s dominance, the championship as a whole was highly entertaining. A resurgent Valentino Rossi scored two victories and eleven podiums on his way to second in the championship with the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP™ team, while his teammate Jorge Lorenzo showed his typical, unrelenting pace to finish the second half of the season strongly with two victories. Ducati Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow demonstrated the Italian manufacturer will be a force to be reckoned with in 2015 with some impressive performances throughout the year, including three podiums between themselves.
Ensuring that its development keeps pace with the latest MotoGP™ machinery, Bridgestone once again introduced new technology to ensure the twenty-three riders contesting the championship could extract maximum performance from their bikes with the highest levels of safety. One of the key developments for 2014 was the introduction of an asymmetric front slick tyre by Bridgestone – a first for the championship. This option was made available at the Australian and Valencia Grand Prix, and proved to be extremely popular with the riders due to its combination of grip, warm-up performance and feel.
As exclusive tyre supplier to MotoGP™ racing, Bridgestone works with the best riders, teams and engineers in the world. With an enormous amount of tyre data and experience from MotoGP™ racing in all conditions and temperatures, Bridgestone has developed advanced racing tyre technologies which serve as base to further the technological advance of its Battlax range of premium track and road tyres. As it enters its final season as Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP™ next year, Bridgestone is already developing new technology for its range of 2015 race tyres which promise to deliver even higher levels of performance, safety and control.
Top 5 ranking
1. Marc MARQUEZ - Honda - Spain - 362
2. Valentino ROSSI - Yamaha - Italy - 295
3. Jorge LORENZO - Yamaha - Spain - 263
4. Dani PEDROSA - Honda - Spain - 246
5. Andrea DOVIZIOSO - Ducati - Italy - 187
Facts & Figures
•Bridgestone brought around 1000 tyres to every race this year
•A total of 23 slick and wet tyre specifications provided to riders over the 2014 season
•Highest track temperature recorded in 2014: 58°C at the Malaysian Grand Prix during qualifying
•Coldest track temperature recorded in 2014: 15°C at the Valencian Grand Prix during Sunday warm up
•Ten new MotoGP race lap records set on Bridgestone tyres in 2014
•Nine new MotoGP qualifying lap records set on Bridgestone tyres in 2014
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