Bridgestone have further strengthened their motocross line-up for the forthcoming 2019 season, after announcing a deal with the Crescent Yamaha squad for the ACU British Championship and MX Nationals series.
Crescent are the official Yamaha UK supported team, and this deal is seen as something of a coup for Bridgestone. This year, Northern Ireland’s Martin Barr will compete in MX2 on the all-new 2019 Yamaha YZ250F, while Bournemouth’s Jake Shipton will continue in the premier MX1 class with the 2019 Yamaha YZ450F.
Both riders have been testing Bridgestone’s Battlecross product since the end of last season, and after putting the tyres through their paces, Martin and Jake were unanimous in their praise.
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.”
Bridgestone’s Battlecross range currently consists of the following:
- Battlecross X10 – Sand & Mud
- Battlecross X20 – Soft to Medium
- Battlecross X30 – Medium
- Battlecross X40 – Medium to Hard
They are exclusively distributed to the UK motorcycle trade by Cambrian Tyres, and dealers looking to register their interest and appear on Bridgestone’s official MX dealer locator should contact us for details.
You can view the full Bridgestone motocross range here.