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Bridgestone looking to break Michelin Mugello dominance

Bridgestone looking to break Michelin Mugello dominance

Bridgestone hold a firm advantage in the tyre war thus far in 2007, and are on a particularly rich run of form as a result of a series of firsts in Le Mans.

Bridgestone hold a firm advantage in the tyre war thus far in 2007, and are on a particularly rich run of form as a result of a series of firsts in Le Mans. The French race was the first time that Suzuki had won a race on Bridgestones, marked their first wet weather victory in MotoGP and, on a related note, was the first wet weather all-Bridgestone podium.

Le Mans was expected to be a ‘Michelin circuit', but the performance of their main rivals has been almost unstoppable this season. Mugello has not had a Bridgestone MotoGP winner, courtesy of Valentino Rossi's dominance on Michelins in recent years, but Hiroshi Yamada from the Japanese manufacturer sees no reason why this can't change in the coming days.

"Our tyres were quite competitive in Mugello last year, both in qualifying and the race. The Ducatis were able to take first and second places on the grid and Loris Capirossi scored a strong second place just half-a-second from Valentino Rossi. Hopefully we can continue the run of strong results on our tyres this season after Casey Stoner's wins in Turkey and China and Chris Vermeulen's sensational win in France. However, we are not getting complacent and we remain focused on precise preparations for each race and on continuing our tyre development during the season," said the motorcycle sport manager.

"Mugello is one of the longest circuits on the calendar and one of the most technically demanding. We encounter a wide range of fast and slow corners, as well as the Rettilineo straight which demands a lot from engine performance. The entire lap is completed with a very high average speed and is extremely tough on tyres. For this reason, we will be bringing medium and hard compounds to deal with the demands that the circuit will place on tyre longevity. Of particular importance are the right-handers Arrabbiata and Scarperia, as well as the medium-speed left-hand Bucine corner coming on to the main straight."

"The European season will really gain momentum with this weekend's Italian Grand Prix in Mugello and I think the level of competition will really intensify over the coming weeks. There is not a lot of time between races and as we prepare for the Mugello race, we must also look forward to next week's Catalunya GP in Spain, the first set of back-to-back races of the year. Despite the proximity of the races, we still treat each event separately from the other because the characteristics of the Mugello circuit and the Catalunya circuit warrant a different technical approach," concluded Yamada.

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE

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