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Bridgestone aim for MotoGP title

Bridgestone aim for MotoGP title

With the second and final MotoGP Official Test getting underway in Jerez today, as is the case for the various MotoGP constructors, tyre manufacturers Bridgestone Motorsport are themselves making final preparations for the start of the season.

With the second and final MotoGP Official Test getting underway in Jerez today, as is the case for the various MotoGP constructors, tyre manufacturers Bridgestone Motorsport are themselves making final preparations for the start of the season proper in Qatar in two weeks time.

The man at the helm of Bridgestone's Motorcycle Sport department, Hiroshi Yamada, wants his organisation to set their sights high in 2007. "Our ultimate goal is to see a Bridgestone-shod rider win the championship," he declared. Before adding, "but that is easier said than done."

"The competition is tough. Our motivation and target is always to win races and to give our teams championship-winning tyres, but we will take things on a race-by-race basis to make sure that we have consistently competitive tyres at each GP."

Last year, riders on Bridgestone-shod machinery claimed a total of four victories, appeared the podium on 11 occasions and took six pole positions in 17 World Championship Grands Prix, making it their most successful season to date.

That they provided the tyres for Ducati's Loris Capirossi during a remarkable campaign, in which he secured a hat-trick of wins and a highly creditable third placed finish overall, speaks for itself. Had it not been for his nasty accident in Catalunya he may well have achieved much more and Yamada's championship winning goal might have been met a year earlier.

As the Japanese tyre manufacturer begins its sixth season in MotoGP, Bridgestone have expanded their portfolio during the winter, adding new teams and riders to their list of collaborators.

The number of teams they supply to expands from three to five, with Honda Gresini and Pramac D'Antin joining Rizla Suzuki MotoGP, Kawasaki Racing and Ducati Marlboro on Bridgestone rubber this season.

On the topic of this expansion Yamada continued: "I believe we will really benefit from having such a strong, complete team and rider line-up this season. We can draw on many years experience with Kawasaki, Suzuki and Ducati as we further develop our tyres for 2007. We have already seen significant improvements in the off-season testing with some exceptional times being recorded by all three teams. We have also been able to accrue extra data through our newly-established relationships with Honda Gresini and Pramac D'Antin."

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MotoGP, 2007

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