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Bridgestone's Yamada: "We continue to aim higher"

Bridgestone's Yamada: 'We continue to aim higher'

Bridgestone's Yamada: "We continue to aim higher"

On Sunday afternoon, Loris Capirossi clinched Ducati's first podium since switching to Bridgestone tyres. The Italian factory joined forces with the Japanese manufacturer last winter, in a bid to return to the top of the MotoGP scene. After countless testing sessions and a hefty work schedule, including the set-up of a dedicated tyre test team, Ducati had a tough start to their 2005 campaign, marred by injuries, bad luck and poor weather, but they now begin to reap the fruit of their efforts.

As Capirossi secured Bridgestone's second podium this year, after Olivier Jacque's second place at Shanghai on the Kawasaki, Bridgestone Motorsport manager Hiroshi Yamada was thrilled to see the Italian team back in the leading pack.

"It's a fantastic day for all of us! Congratulations to Ducati, both riders and the team did a fantastic job and it was great to see Loris fight within the front group and finish third, which is the first podium in our young and promising partnership with Ducati," said Yamada.

"Both riders, Capirossi and Checa, were able to use their bikes to the maximum potential today, and we are very happy that our tyres played an integral part in this performance. The fact that all our six riders finished in the point rankings further confirms the quality of our latest tyre generation, and that we are on the right track with our tyre development," he added. "But even this is just a stepping stone – we continue to aim higher and we hope for even greater success in the future!"


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