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Bridgestone inch closer to British success with new tyre diameter

Bridgestone inch closer to British success with new tyre diameter

With the Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix, held at what is traditionally a 'Michelin circuit', rapidly approaching, Bridgestone are pulling out all the stops to get a good result at Donington Park.

With the Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix, held at what is traditionally a 'Michelin circuit', rapidly approaching, Bridgestone are pulling out all the stops to get a good result at Donington Park. A new weapon in their armoury had some intensive testing last week; the 16" rear tyres rumoured to be in development by the Japanese manufacturer will get their race debut on Sunday, following on from positive feedback at Catalunya.

"In the post-race test in Le Mans last month, we obtained good results from evaluations of new rear shape and compound, which we will be supplying to our teams in Donington this weekend," comments Bridgestone's Hiroshi Yamada.

"As part of our technical development plan, we also tried 16'' rear tyres in the test after Catalunya which appear to give some of our teams better handling, stability and grip. Some teams will be trying the 16'' rears in Donington practice to see whether it could offer an advantage in the race, but tyre performance is circuit dependent, so we will have to see if the results from Catalunya test translate to Donington."

"This area of development is not a new concept for Bridgestone, though, since we ran 16'' rear tyres with the Kawasaki team in Mugello last year, so it is more of a natural progression with the 800cc bikes."

The best result for Bridgestone at last year's race was an eighth place for John Hopkins, but current form gives the rubber supplier reason to expect better from the 2007 Grand Prix.

"We are a bit more optimistic heading into this year's British GP based on the good results we have achieved at other difficult tracks for us this year, but at the same time, we can never be complacent because asphalt characteristics differ from track to track and each circuit has its own unique demands, so we must work hard at every race weekend," adds Yamada.

"The competition in MotoGP is fiercer than ever and the tyre performance in the last few races has been quite evenly matched, something that in itself we are very proud of. We have been able to raise our performance level to compete with our more experienced rivals at the front of the field which ultimately creates thrilling battles like we saw in Catalunya two weeks ago. I hope we can enjoy the same level of competition this weekend because it is great for the sport."

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MotoGP, 2007, NICKEL & DIME BRITISH GRAND PRIX

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