News 8 Mar 2019

Factory Honda off-road racing in Australia switches to Bridgestone

Honda Australia press release:

As the 2019 Motocross season fast approaches, Honda’s factory off road/motocross racing team in Australia are proud to partner with Bridgestone Tyres.

‘Serving Society with Superior Quality’ is the Bridgestone Groups mission, which aligns seamlessly with Honda’s well-known philosophy of providing customers with reliable, top quality motorcycles.

McLeod Accessories, a company who also shares those same principles and values, exclusively distribute Bridgestone motorcycle tyres in Australia.

“McLeod’s are committed to providing race ready Bridgestone tyres to customers,” said Executive General Manager of McLeod’s, Lincoln McFayden.

“The new range of Battlecross tyres are the race level spec ‘Made in Japan’ tyres that Bridgestone now sell to the general public as well.

This is so important to us, to be able to sell the exact products we race, right here in Australia; it’s something not all tyre manufacturers can claim, it’s the Bridgestone advantage that’s for sure.” Added McFayden.

Penrite Honda Racing undertook extensive testing before agreeing to make the change, ensuring adequate and measurable testing was done before making the commitment.

“We needed to quantify and validate our decision so I pushed everyone to test in all conditions,” said Yarrive Konsky, Penrite Honda Racing team director.

After finishing the year out with a solid 2 nd overall in the Australian Supercross Championship, Brett Metcalfe was eager to get some solid testing under his belt before making any changes to his set up.

“At this level we are always working on ways to improve ourselves and the bike. I have raced with Bridgestone before and I know what they are capable of,” said Metcalfe.

Metcalfe and the team have made it clear they want to come into the new season with the same competitive momentum they finished with in 2018.

“We needed to be sure we would stay at that level and I believe we will be at an advantage on many tracks with the new tyres. The predictable drive in certain conditions was incredible. Bridgestone has such a good variety with 4 different terrain options and we will be able to take advantage of them as conditions change throughout the day when racing.” Metcalfe added.

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