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Bridgestone encouraged by Nakano's charge

Bridgestone encouraged by Nakano's charge

Bridgestone encouraged by Nakano's charge

Japanese tyre manufacturer Bridgestone hope to carry on the momentum Shinya Nakano created by clinching sixth last weekend in Germany, just 4.5s from race winner Valentino Rossi. The Kawasaki rider managed to follow the pace of the front runners throughout the race with the new compounds Bridgestone developed for the Sachsenring, a performance warmly welcomed by the manufacturer.

Bridgestone Motorsport Motorcycle Racing Tyre Development Manager Tohru Ubukata said: "A special thanks to Shinya Nakano and Kawasaki Racing Team for a superb race! They did an amazing job setting up the bike, and 6th place is a fantastic finish when you are only 4.5 seconds behind the top finisher Valentino Rossi."

"The new tyres we brought here to the Sachsenring has shown its potential and we are happy about the advances we have made through these last 10 races. However, there are still some things we need to improve, since not all our riders had such a race, we need to analyse the reasons behind this difference and make adjustments."

"The Ducati bikes were very strong in practice so we were all expecting better results, but we confirmed a good improvement with the package so I am confident the results will follow after the summer break. Suzuki's John Hopkins rode courageously despite the pain and it's great to see that even after the crash he was OK. We will go back to Tokyo now and make the best use of this holiday away from racing, our tyre development never stops going! "


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