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English weather plays havoc with Tamada's rubber

English weather plays havoc with Tamada's rubber

English weather plays havoc with Tamada's rubber

Makoto Tamada, winner of the Cinzano Rio Grand prix, was unable to run at the front of last Sunday's race at the Cinzano British Grand Prix, having to settle for a lower ranking of 14th and adding just two points to his World Championship standing.

Last weekend was largely a disappointing one for the majority of the riders using Bridgestones, apart from John Hopkins, who crossed the line with a creditable 8th. Only one week prior all five representatives had managed to finish inside the top ten at Sachsenring.

"The track temperature was definitely lower compared to previous days," commented the Japanese ace, who survived his ‘off day' at Donington Park without losing tenth place in the points table. "We selected the same type of rubber that we had used in other races, but it did not turn out to be appropriate for here. I feel like I haven't taken anything at this race when I should've done."

"Knowing our potential there is no way that we should have finished the race more than a minute behind the winner," remarked team manager Gianluca Montiron. "At this race, after the rain fell this morning, the changing conditions effectively robbed the performance from our tyres."

"I am hoping that Bridgestone might be able to make a small jump up in terms of quality during this summer break, with the objective of having more options to be among the fastest riders and also maintain something of a consistent pace at different circuits."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CINZANO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Makoto Tamada

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