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Bridgestone search for solutions

Bridgestone search for solutions

Bridgestone search for solutions

Despite Chris Vermeulen's presence on pole, and five riders on the front two rows for the Grand Prix of Turkey, Bridgestone suffered a turnaround in fortunes last weekend. After a promising second day of practice, the absence of rain during the Sunday race perversely left the Japanese tyre manufacturer out to dry.

Their riders were prominent during the first part of the race, in particular Sete Gibernau who took the lead on lap one, but the rubber was deteriorating rapidly to push them down the running. Loris Capirossi and Vermeulen were the tyre factory's highest finishers, in sixth and seventh respectively.

Hiroshi Yamada, Bridgestone's Motorcycle Competition Manager, explained after the race that "it hasn't been a good Grand Prix for us. This track was one of the worst for us last season, but still we were expecting to improve our results. The tyres didn't respond well, especially in the second half of the race. Now we will have to analyse the data in order to identify the cause of these problems."

"On Saturday we missed hours of training in the dry, and that meant that we didn't have time to choose the best race tyre. Although Chris Vermeulen gave us the pole position, the race results indicate that we have to improve. The two first races were very positive and now we have to get back on track in Shanghai," added Yamada.


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