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Bridgestone celebrate most successful year in MotoGP

Bridgestone celebrate most successful year in MotoGP

Bridgestone celebrate most successful year in MotoGP

Bridgestone Motorsport are celebrating a record season in MotoGP after Ducati rider Loris Capirossi stormed to a sensational victory in Japan. The result takes his and Bridgestone's 2006 season win tally to three and brings the Japanese tyre manufacturer's total number of podiums this season to nine. Bridgestone's previous season best came in 2005 in which they scored two wins, eight podiums and three poles.

Bridgestone Corporation Senior Vice-President and Member of the Board, Tatsuya Okajima, expressed his delight after the race on home turf:

"That was an incredible achievement for Ducati, Loris and Bridgestone in Motegi today in front of our home crowd and hundreds of Bridgestone employees and management members. It is an honour to take our third victory of the season in the Japanese Grand Prix and to celebrate our most successful season in MotoGP after just five seasons in the sport. I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to all of our teams – Ducati, Kawasaki and Suzuki – for such a big effort this weekend, and to all of our supporters here in Japan and around the world."

Hiroshi Yamada, Bridgestone Motorsport Manager Motorcycle Racing, evalutated a triumphant year for the manufacturer: "It was a special feeling for Bridgestone to take our third win here at Motegi in a row in front of the many fans, Bridgestone employees, guests and VIPs that we have welcomed this weekend. We have used some new shape rear tyre specifications specifically developed for this race and our tyres have performed competitively this weekend, as in recent races. I am just sorry that Kawasaki and Suzuki riders were not able to capitalise on this during the race for various reasons. A special mention must go also to Akiyoshi for such a commendable weekend as a Suzuki wildcard. After three races, we take away two second places and today's victory, which combined with Loris's Brno win, have seen Bridgestone tyres at the heart of the racing action and challenging for race wins. We will continue to put our maximum effort into the final two races back in Europe, knowing that the competition will be fierce and intense right up to the finish."

MotoGP, 2006

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