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Ducati Marlboro switch to Bridgestone

Ducati Marlboro switch to Bridgestone

Ducati Marlboro switch to Bridgestone

The Ducati Marlboro team has signed a contract with Japanese tyre manufacturer Bridgestone for the 2005 MotoGP World Championship. The Italian outfit will conduct its first test with Bridgestone tyres later this month, at Jerez.

"We are very satisfied to have reached an agreement with Bridgestone" declared Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Corse CEO. "Like us, the Japanese company has been present in MotoGP for not many seasons, but it has already proved that it is capable of producing successful tyres, while simultaneously demonstrating a notable capacity for development."

"For our part, we ended the 2004 season on an upward trend and we are convinced that the collaboration with Bridgestone will represent a further step forward in our attempt to gain a competitive advantage in a championship that is becoming increasingly demanding and exciting".

Domenicali also thanked former tyre partner Michelin, with which Ducati Corse made its MotoGP debut last year and also won eight World Superbike titles.

Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa will ride Bridgestone-shod Demosedici machines in the upcoming test at Jerez from 23-25 November and will continue development work with the new tyres the following week from 29-30 November at Valencia.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, Ducati Marlboro Team

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