Bridgestone Corporation announced today that Bridgestone and Dorna Sports have signed a new three-year deal that will see the Japanese manufacturer continue as the Official Tyre Supplier to the premier class of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) MotoGP World Championship from 2012-2014.
2011 Japanese Earthquake
Japan is continuing its relief efforts, attempting to recover from March 11’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which subsequently triggered a tsunami in the Northeastern region of the country north of Tokyo.
2011 Japan Earthquake News
Due to the relief effort in Northeastern Japan from to the Earthquake and subsequent Tsunami, Honda has extended the suspension of production until March 23 at three factories.
This includes the Kumamoto Factory, where Honda manufactures motorcycles (the CBR600, the VFR1200F, the DN-01 and the Super Cub).
Japan Earthquake Fundraiser
MotoForJapan is the shared idea of Greg Hatton and Jon Bekefy, a pair of riders and industry employees who initiated the fundraiser in an effort to bring motorcyclists together in support of a country that’s given so much to the two-wheeled world.
Japan Quake News
Following is a letter World Superbike received from Noriyuki Haga regarding the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Plant issues.
"Nitro Nori" Haga is currently in Japan, and reports him and his family are OK.
British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari has spoken of his shock to the recent events in his home country of Japan, which has left areas of the country devastated.
All three MotoGP pre-season tests were dominated by Honda RC212V prototypes, making the Japanese manufacturer the favorite going into this Sunday’s season opener at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
The 2011 Japan Earthquake and subsequent Tsunami late last week has affected the motorcycle industry in a big way, especially since Japan is home to the "Big Four" motorcycle manufacturers: Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki.
To the People of Japan
I was fortunate enough to visit Japan twice in the last few years. The first time I was a guest of Kawasaki, and as part of the adventure I got to ride the awesome ZX-6R around Autopolis (Kawasaki’s own racetrack) for two days.