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Bridgestone give overview after Elias success

Bridgestone give overview after Elias success

Bridgestone were not able to repeat the success of Casey Stoner's victory in Qatar at Jerez over the weekend, but there were still several positives to take from the second Grand Prix of the year.

Bridgestone were not able to repeat the success of Casey Stoner's victory in Qatar at Jerez over the weekend, but there were still several positives to take from the second Grand Prix of the year.

Not least Toni Elias' crowd-pleasing fourth place finish, which saw the Honda Gresini rider follow up some impressive and consistent free practice outings with a strong performance in the second half of the 27-lap race of the 4.423km circuit.

Elias and fifth placed Stoner were just off the podium pace on this occasion, but unlike Nicky Hayden for example who faded towards the end of the race on Michelin compounds, their tyres held firm.

With 10 laps remaining Elias was seven seconds behind the leader and eventual winner Valentino Rossi, while Ducati Marlboro's Stoner was ten seconds adrift. But their Bridgestone compounds maintained peak performance right to the end with both crossing the finishing line less than five seconds behind The Doctor.

Bridgestone Motorsport's Hiroshi Yamada gave his thoughts on the respective performances, saying: "Naturally, we are a little disappointed that our riders could not finish today's race on the podium, but I am still pleased with the overall competitiveness of our tyres this weekend. The fact that Toni and Casey were able to lap in the high 1'41s in the closing stages, around half a second quicker than some of our rivals, and make up so many places in the process, demonstrates that we had the tyres to achieve more this afternoon."

Meanwhile, Elias himself enthused: "I am very happy with fourth place today and to be the top Bridgestone rider in front of my home fans. I struggled a bit at the start of the race because I could not get the tyres up to temperature quickly, but it was just possible to keep ninth place in the initial laps."

"After that I was able to maintain a constant and competitive rhythm for the duration of the race. We have worked a lot this weekend together with Bridgestone and I am quite proud of our achievements."

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA, Toni Elias

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