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Dave Thorpe opts for ‘amazing’ Bridgestone in huge tyre coup

Bridgestone’s position as a market-leading motocross tyre manufacturer has been strengthened after being selected by Britain’s most decorated rider of all time, who labelled the range as ‘amazing.’

In a huge breakthrough for the company, the world’s number one tyre and rubber company will be fitted to all bikes at Dave Thorpe’s Honda Off-Road Centre, not to mention each bike at his Honda Adventure Centre, too.

In addition, every rider at three-time world champion Thorpe’s elite Buildbase Honda Motocross Team will be competing on Bridgestone’s range of Battlecross products, with Tommy Searle, Jake Nicholls (MX1) and Steven Clarke (MX2) all inflating the brand’s presence at the highest level of the sport.

This Honda Buildbase association alone represents Bridgestone’s biggest ever association in the sport, as Tommy is Britain's most decorated current-day GP rider with 14 career GP wins in the MX2 class, ranking third in total victories across all classes to multiple world champions Jeff Smith and Dave Thorpe himself.

Teammate Jake Nicholls has also raced World Championship motocross since 2007 and the 29 year-old is firmly established as one of the most talented riders in the sport.

Dave Thorpe’s decision to embark on a holistic partnership with Bridgestone was confirmed after Buildbase Honda recorded a series of impressive results in the MX2 class last season on the Battlecross X10, X20 and X30.

All of Dave Thorpe Honda Off-Road Centre bikes will be shod on the new Battlecross E50, which feature a soft compound specially developed for superior grip and high traction power. The tread pattern incorporates advanced block positioning and works with the E50’s Castle Block technology to maximise edge effect and deliver extra traction.

Meanwhile, all bikes at the Honda Adventure Centre will be fitted with Bridgestone’s other recent addition, the Battlax Adventurecross AX41. This updated trail off-road tyre has been designed to respond to adventure riders’ requirements. Off-road traction has been upgraded and the grip increased through state-of-the-art block design and positioning, while the use of a high-strength compound ensures durability and a long lifespan.

Dave Thorpe said: “Bridgestone impressed us most because their tyres assist riders of all abilities – from beginners at the off-road centre right up to Tommy (Searle) and Jake (Nicholls) at the elite level of the sport.

“We invest a lot of time and money in our Honda Buildbase bikes to be as competitive as possible and all of that means nothing if you can’t put the power to the ground – and that is why tyres are so important and why we are working with Bridgestone.

“We just think that Bridgestone has gone about things in the right way for some time. They have got some great new products and a great team around them. When they feel that they have developed something special is when we decide to get involved, because we don’t use anything that is sub-standard.

“We want to bring any technology that is advantageous to the team and Bridgestone’s tyres fit into that category. It is exciting times for Buildbase Honda and it is exciting times for Bridgestone too.

“Whether it is the AX41 for the adventure school, the E50 for the off-road centre or the Battlecross range for the team, the tyres will assist us in getting the results we want.

“The X10, for example, has been amazing on the sand and testing for the next year has also underlined the qualities of the X20 and X30 products, which are similarly notable.”

Just five years ago, Bridgestone barely had a presence in the motocross tyre sector but has grown exponentially to assume a significant share – which is expected to rise further in the years ahead.

Bridgestone is already boasting more winners on its Battlecross range than ever before, thanks to some astute individual rider partnerships, while its title sponsorship of the Bridgestone British Masters was the best attended to date - averaging 350 riders across every race weekend.

Bridgestone’s marketing team leader Mark Fereday said: “To be working with a legend of the sport in Dave Thorpe is hugely significant for everyone at Bridgestone. To then receive so much positive feedback about our products cannot be underestimated and is something we don’t take for granted. It is the ultimate endorsement and reinforces our claim to be a leading player in the motocross world with some of the best premium products available.

“The future looks bright and we are so excited to be working with Dave at his Honda Off-Road Centre, his Honda Adventure Centre and the Buildbase Honda Motocross Team. To see our name on the sidewalls of so many incredible bikes will be a red letter day for everyone associated with the business.”

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Josh Gilbert top Pro MX2 class

Josh Gilbert signed off on top in the Pro MX2 class as Buildbase Honda enjoyed a successful sixth and final round of the Michelin MX Nationals series at Foxhill on Sunday.

With his title already retained at the previous round the pressure was off but Josh wasn’t about to rest on his laurels and he topped qualifying in his class by almost two-and-a-half seconds.

After hitting the gate in the opening 25-minute plus two lap race, Josh worked his way forwards in the mixed-capacity ‘Fastest 40’ moto and was lead Pro MX2 rider on his CRF250R before crashing. However, he was up quickly and immediately regained his rhythm before reclaiming the class lead and going on to win by almost 11 seconds.

The second moto was much less eventful with the Cornishman starting second in class, hitting the front early on and cruising to a 26-second win.

“The gates weren’t dropping properly and in the first race I hit it,” said Josh. “I managed to get into the lead and then crashed and had to do it all over again but in the second I got a decent start and just rode my own race and had a comfortable lead by the end.

“It’s been a perfect end to the championship for me. It was a bit up and down at the start of the season but after the halfway point I’ve been first MX2 rider home in every moto so I managed to turn it around.”

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Bridgestone British Masters Pro MX1 title

Elliott Banks-Browne and the Geartec Husqvarna team relinquished their Bridgestone British Masters Pro MX1 title in the best possible fashion with a formidable double Moto win at the season finale at Cusses Gorse at the weekend.

With early-season injuries ending his chances of retaking the title, Elliott was racing for pride, and to make up for the previous weekend when the MX Nationals were at the same circuit, and he had speed in abundance but not the luck to go with it.

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AMCA Championship: Wainwright crowned MX2 Champion

Having come all the way through the AMCA ranks from Inter-Juniors to Experts, 2019 MX2 Champion Jamie Wainwright (Apex KTM UK) proved to be a very popular victor.

Holding a very nice 121 points advantage going into Sunday’s finale, the fast, stylish young Wainwright got the job done early with a moto one win. Gating in 3rd, Jamie led home his main season long contender for the crown, Kristian Whatley, as Ryan Crowder, Bradley Tranter and Matt Ridgway who had grabbed the initial holeshot were the next best.

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Bridgestone British Masters Pro MX1 -Update

The final round of the 2019 Bridgestone British Masters series took place at the weekend at the fast-flowing Cusses Gorse circuit near Salisbury and what a weekend it was. Two days of bar-to-bar action, 10 champions crowned and a huge End of Series Party on Saturday evening!

It was the 125cc class who kicked off the weekend’s affair with the battle on between Troy Willerton, Jordan Bachelor and Dylan Spencer for the title.

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Elliott Banks-Browne

In the MX1 class at round 7 of the British Championship at Foxhills Elliott Banks-Browne narrowly missed out on a podium despite a tremendous P2 in race two, mixing it up with the MXGP runners he proved that he is back to full fitness. Only a red flag in race one whilst EBB was driving through the pack after a little slip off prevented a trip to the podium

Look out for EBB at the last round of the championship at Landrake! 

 

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AMCA Championship 2019 Round 9

A great day in the office for the Apex KTM Team with 2 victories and a 2nd at Brookthorpe on Sunday

Jamie Wainwright riding sensibly to P2 and consolidating his championship lead with just on round to go!

In the 125cc class James Hanscomb pulled off the result of the day as a wildcard going 1-3-1 to beat some very fast rivals and claim the top step of the podium

In the 85cc class Jake Randall stormed to a superb victory and proved that the Bridgestone MX tyre range really does cater for every bike on any track!

 

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2019 British Championship

Heading into the penultimate round of the 2019 Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship sitting in third place, 34 points down on the MX2 series leader, Buildbase Honda’s Josh Gilbert knew he needed to urgently make up ground but the cards didn’t fall in his favour.

Topping qualification on his CRF250R was a great start to the day at the spectacular Foxhill circuit near Swindon and within a couple of corners of the opening 25-minute plus two lap moto he was up to third.

Just before half-distance Josh moved into second and three laps later he hit the front and at one stage looked to have the race under control until he was reeled in and then slipped back to second behind championship leader Dylan Walsh. On the final lap he made another bid for the lead at the bottom of a steep hill but there was contact, Josh lost all momentum for the following uphill section and he was demoted to third....Read more

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Hawkstone Park - Round 7

A cracking weekend at Hawkstone Park for Round 7 of the AMCA Championships saw some great performances from Bridgestone riders!

In the MX1 class, Luke Burton on his Geartec Racing Husqvarna took top spot on his wildcard appearance in the series with a superb 1-1-2 scorecard.

MX2 series leader Jamie Wainwright consolidated his championship lead going 2-1-1 to take the top step of the podium, and Bridgestone riders also clinched a podium in the ultra-competitive 125cc class, with another wildcard James Handscomb taking P3 on the day on his Apex KTM……….and Vets championship leader Jamie Powell steering his SRH Racing KTM to an awesome P2.

All riders chose the X20 front and X10 rear to tame the countries toughest circuit…

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Want to learn more about the Bridgestone Battlecross MX Tyre Range?

Tune into to this awesome video that tells you in detail about the complete MX tyre range, from the X10 sand/mud tyre rough to the Super Hard pack X40 MX Tyre.

Listen to how the Tyre is made and what the Tyre is doing when it’s in contact with the track.

Don’t forget your MX tyres are your only contact with the terrain you are riding on!

Our MX tyre range is easy to understand and this will help you make the correct choice for the appropriate surface you will be riding on.


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  • New-generation Battlecross X10 sand terrain: superior traction developed on the race track with top competition riders, now available for everyone!
  • The Battlecross X20’s incredible grip lets you corner like you’re on rails and huge acceleration drive shoots you down the straights!

    • Outstanding acceleration and braking response
    • Pro circuit technology
    • Amazing cornering grip
  • Get the confidence you need to attack an even wider range of terrain. With Bridgestone’s most advanced

    • Wide-range performance
    • Extra grip
    • Unprecedented stability
  • Engineered to tackle even the hardest terrain with ease and precision. So you can experience the thrill of true control.

    • Wide-range performance
    • Extra grip
    • Unprecedented stability
  • The new generation motocross tyres for soft terrain

The Bridgestone M203 & M204 are Motocross Soft to Medium Terrain tyres offering riders:

Front tyre unilateral block pattern maximises linear grip and response under braking and acceleration Improved gap absorption and contact feel add more line choice for riders Superior grip and traction for high power four stroke engines

This tyre is not highway suitable.

  • The Battlecross E50 is the tyre helping you overcome any obstacles and achieve the highest levels of performance on all types of terrain.

Enduro All Star Following in the footsteps of the Championship winning Battlecross Motocross tyres, the new E50 Enduro tyre is again set to raise the bar in off road performance so if you want to raise your game, E50 will do that.

The Battlecross E50 is the outcome of years of off-road technology development. It is road homologated and can be used in all Enduro competitions.


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