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Bridgestone takes a superb result

Bridgestone takes a superb result

Bridgestone takes a superb result

Bridgestone-shod Ducati rider Loris Capirossi scored a sensational win in Brno this afternoon after a dominant display which saw the Italian finish the 22-lap race with a five second advantage over runner-up Valentino Rossi. The sensational result takes his and Bridgestone's 2006 win tally to two. Capirossi also set the fastest lap of the race with a four-tenth-of-a-second margin. Such was the competitiveness of the Ducati-Bridgestone package in Brno this afternoon that over one-third of Capirossi's laps in the race were quicker than second-placed man Rossi's best lap. Suzuki and Kawasaki also showed good race pace on their Bridgestone tyres with John Hopkins and Shinya Nakano separated by just under two-tenths at the chequered flag.

Akira Nishimura - Bridgestone Corporation - General Manager Motorcycle Racing

"I am very pleased with this result. Each of our three teams have performed well this weekend, so I would like to say congratulations and thank you to all of them. Loris's performance was flawless. He has been quick all weekend and has frequently topped the timesheets, but his competitiveness this afternoon far exceeded our expectations. This victory means a lot to Bridgestone." Junichi Kawajiri - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager Motorcycle Race Tire Development
"A tremendous performance from Loris this afternoon has produced the perfect end to a competitive weekend for him and Ducati. Their approach to the weekend has been correct with a strong emphasis on bike set-up and long run simulations in free practice, which demonstrated the superior competitiveness of their bike with one Bridgestone tyre specification in particular. Ultimately, all three Bridgestone-shod teams raced with this specification and both Suzuki and Kawasaki were able to take away top eight results with John and Shinya passing Nicky Hayden in the final stages of the race".

"We always had high hopes for this race and we are pleased to add a second victory to our 2006 account. That first win in Jerez back in March seems a long time ago, but we now have a run of favoured tracks coming up where we will do our best to add a third. The work never stops and we are testing here from tomorrow with all three teams, six race riders and test rider Shinichi Itoh. We have a wide range of tyre compounds, constructions and shapes to try, as we begin our preparation for Malaysia, Australia and Japan GPs. Today's result certainly boosts our confidence and team morale heading into the next events."


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