Bridgestone, the official spec-tire supplier for the MotoGP class (Dunlop provides tires for Moto3 and Moto2), announced today that it will continue supplying tires to the series through the 2015 season, after which the Japanese tire manufacturer will withdraw from the series.

Bridgestone has been involved with MotoGP since 2002, before there was a spec-tire regulation. The heated rivalry between it and Michelin provided some dramatic results, ultimately leading to the Japanese manufacturer securing the spec-tire agreement. The endeavor into MotoGP has improved Bridgestone’s innovation and technology, and many of the improvements discovered in the series, including enhanced grip tread compound and GP-Belt construction, have made their way into Bridgestone’s consumer motorcycle tires.

Bridgestone expresses its deepest gratitude to the riders, teams, FIM, IRTA and Dorna, as well as motorsports fans around the world, for their support over the past 12 years. Although it is planning to exit the MotoGPWorld Championship, Bridgestone will continue to promote motorsport as part of its world-wide portfolio of activities.

There is no word yet as to who will replace Bridgestone in 2016.