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Bridgestone promise swift response

Bridgestone promise swift response

Bridgestone promise swift response

MotoGP tyre manufacturers Bridgestone have promised a thorough investigation into the rubber deficiencies which caused Shinya Nakano's horror crash at Mugello on Sunday and forced Makoto Tamada to retire from the battle for victory. Hiroshi Yamada, Motorcycle Racing Manager for Bridgestone Motorsport, described the incidents as "a bitter experience for all of us" after enjoying positive performances from the riders and tyres during qualifying.

"We are very sorry for Shinya, who suffered a terrible crash at the fastest point of the track, and Makoto, who missed out on a podium finish," commented Yamada. "Our main consolation is that neither of them got hurt.

"Chunk out problems like that are extremely rare, and we were convinced we had this demanding high-speed track well under control when all our riders enjoyed promising and trouble-free practice sessions.

"Our tyres seemed to work especially well with track and air temperatures that were quite similar to the race conditions. To see Makoto take the race lead and resist the attacks of Valentino Rossi seemed to confirm the good performance of our tyres.

"What happened then caught us completely by surprise. We are now going to analyse the occurrences very carefully. We will find the weak point in the construction, and solve the problem as quickly as possible!"

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