rider and bike enthusiast Thierry Sarasyn has broken on June 20th
the world touring record, passing
through an incredible 13 countries in just 19 hours and 43 minutes. He was
helped on the way to beating the previous record of 11 countries by
Bridgestone’s Battlax Sport Touring T32 tyres.
started at 4.16am in the Czech Republic and arrived in Arlon, Belgium, at
11.59pm. “I still had four hours to get to Holland, which is not too hard from
any point in Belgium,” he said, adding that, “But the goal was not to set a
record that can never be beaten, just to beat the existing record. I knew I had
it once I got to Luxemburg, but after that it was only 10km to get to Belgium.
It seemed logical to add the 13thcountry to the list.”
decision not to attempt a 14th country was also due to safety. “I felt I was
getting tired and being tired while riding in the dark is not safe. We put
safety first during this travel. I was not riding too fast, took breaks at
least every two hours and followed strict nutritional rules to keep my focus,”
feat was recorded using an official tracking system and Sarasyn could be
followed throughout every moment of the attempt.On his choice of using the
Bridgestone Battlax Sport Touring T32 tyre to set this impressive world record,
Sarasyn is clear, “I knew there would be highways but also mountain roads. So I
needed a versatile tyre. And I always loved the way the T32 front tyre handles
and the feedback it gives. I had many challenges during the almost 1800km of
this trip, but the tyres weren’t one of them.”
challenges included physical and mental fatigue, backpain, traffic problems,
navigation failure and the excessive heat on the day. From11am, the temperature
remained above35ºC,peaking at 39ºC in Austria and Liechtenstein. Even when
Sarasyn finished in Arlon, the temperature was 35ºC.
is key in keeping the focus. I drank a lot and I think it was one of the major
elements in making this adventure successful. That – and a set of great tyres!”
next-generation sport touring tyres, the T32 and T32GT, are the result of
technical expertise and technological applications that are at the forefront of
tyre development. By significantly enhancing the tyre’s connection with the
road from the T31, Bridgestone created a tyre that delivers incredible
performance even in poor conditions. The objective is to give riders more
control and confidence in the wet and this tyre delivers exactly that.
Thuy, Bridgestone EMIA Head of Motorcycle, said,“On behalf of all of us at
Bridgestone, I’d like to say a huge congratulations to Thierry for his
incredible achievement. Thierry’s confidence, performance level and versatility
exemplifies all that is great about the T32. Emotion’ is a key part of The
Bridgestone E8 Commitment and Thierry’s efforts will certainly help to inspire
excitement and spread joy to the world of mobility.”
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