Bridgestone Battlax S20 EVO / VR46 Promotional VideoNine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi can read a tire better than most.
And his expertise at MotoGP circuits around the world has helped Bridgestone – the MotoGP spec-tire manufacturer – develop its street tires.The latest is the Battlax Hypersport S20 EVO, the successor to the award-winning S20 sportbike tire.Rossi talks about his involvement: “When pushing to the limit you learn a lot about everything. Yourself. The bike. The tire. Sharing my experience, feelings and knowledge from the racetrack is important to those around me, it keeps the technology evolving.”Rossi’s assistance allowed Bridgestone to produce a tire “that improves upon the class-leading performance and safety of the S20, with the added bonus of greater durability and stability.”And once the product was complete, Rossi put them through a true street test aboard a Yamaha YZF-R1. The video above highlights the Rossi/S20 EVO street test.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!