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They’re your last link to road or track, often defining the difference between knee down or tits up. No getting away from it, tyres are such crucial bits of kit. Mossy spoke to Bridgestone’s senior product manager Gary Hartshorne and gained a few tips and truths on them.

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He’s the most quizzical man we know, guaranteed to talk the hind legs off any expert. So, each month we’re setting Chris loose on leading industry peeps to find out all there is to know, about all there is to know.

If you’ve got any topics you want him to cover, drop us an email at the usual address.

FB: All tyres are the same, aren’t they?

GH: Not at all. Different materials such as steel, Kevlar and rayon are used in the construction of tyres. They have different weights, profiles, widths, overall diameters, compounds, constructions, speed and load ratings – all helping to give very different results in terms of performance and wear. Different types of tyres can behave very differently. Their performance has improved enormously even over the last few years thanks to major advances in technology.

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