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Bridgestone 1-2-3 ‘highlight' for Yamada

Bridgestone 1-2-3 ‘highlight' for Yamada

MotoGP tyre manufacturer Bridgestone achieved their first ever 1-2-3 last Sunday at Istanbul, leaving Motorsport Manager Hiroshi Yamada pleasantly surprised.

MotoGP tyre manufacturer Bridgestone achieved their first ever 1-2-3 last Sunday at Istanbul, leaving Motorsport Manager Hiroshi Yamada pleasantly surprised. In 2006 the race was dominated by Michelin riders, but a turnaround was evident after the first 800cc sessions on the Istanbul Park track. Aside from the Yamaha duo of Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards, on the Michelin-shod M1, the early going was a strictly Bridgestone affair, although they relinquished their stronghold at precisely the wrong time on Saturday to facilitate an all-Michelin front row of Rossi, Edwards and Dani Pedrosa.

In the race itself, the first lap crash aided Bridgestone, with Edwards and Pedrosa both forced into retirement. At the chequered flag, their riders occupied the entire top six on a day of unprecedented success.

"I'm really happy; it's the first time that we've had such a good result," said Yamada. "This was one of our worst tracks last year, so we weren't expecting too much from Turkey. In China we will be looking more optimistically, because last year our tyre performance wasn't so bad there."

Yamada furthered his praise in his customary post-race debrief, adding that:

"To take our first ever 1-2-3 and to see so many of our riders involved in such a thrilling race was a proud moment for us and definitely the highlight of our MotoGP involvement to date."

"The major problem we encountered in the past was not being able to generate enough grip and durability. The track has smooth asphalt with a low friction co-efficient, which has always been where our tyres struggle for performance. Over the winter, we have looked deeply into this area and appear to have found a good direction based on the results in Turkey. We acknowledge that other factors have played an important role in the Istanbul race, for example, the new tyre restrictions and the first lap crash which unfortunately took two riders on rival tyres out of the race, but overall I think we should be very pleased with our improved competitiveness and with the excellent results."

Bridgestone will be working hard between now and next week to try and make the same improvements at another difficult track for them in 2006, Shanghai.

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MotoGP, 2007

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