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Bridgestone refusing to stand still after early success

Bridgestone refusing to stand still after early success

Halfway through the year, Bridgestone are already experienced their most successful season in MotoGP, and in Ducatis Casey Stoner have a rider at the top of his game leading the charge for the tyre manufacturers first premier class title.

Halfway through the year, Bridgestone are already experienced their most successful season in MotoGP, and in Ducatis Casey Stoner have a rider at the top of his game leading the charge for the tyre manufacturers first premier class title.

However, despite their positive first nine races, the Japanese tyre manufacturer is refusing to stand still, with Motorsport Manager Hiroshi Yamada noting that developments such as the 16 rear used at Assen will be key to keeping one step ahead of rivals Michelin and Dunlop.

Assen was the first race this season that we have used our new 16 rear tyre which is one area of technical development we continue to look at, explains Yamada. After encouraging early tests, we brought the 16 tyres to Donington and some of our teams had planned to use them in the race, had it been dry. For some teams, these tyres give more grip and stability, so we believe it can be a beneficial alternative at certain tracks. Other teams, however, prefer to stick to the tried and tested 16.5 rears which have shown such good performance this season. Bridgestones priority is to give our teams and riders the best service possible and their feedback has been instrumental in our recent development.

I think the last two races have offered everyone a big challenge with variable weather conditions throughout both weekends. We were obviously extremely pleased with Caseys victory in Donington, a circuit that has traditionally been one of our least suited tracks, and his very good second place in Assen. The fact that we are now halfway through the season with a Bridgestone-supported rider leading the championship is very satisfying indeed.

Assen qualifying was wet and we obtained our best ever qualifying results with the top five on the grid all on Bridgestone tyres. It is unfortunate that the wet weather is following us around this season, but I am very happy that the technical development on wet tyres has proven to be so successful. Before this year, we had never had a Bridgestone-shod winner of a wet race, but now we have two after Chriss win in Le Mans and Caseys win in Donington.

The arrival of the new tyre regulations was uncharted territory for the manufacturers, although Bridgestone appear to have adapted best to the choices involved.

Of course, I am very pleased with the results that have been achieved with our teams. This season was always going to be a big challenge for us with new tyre restrictions, new teams and riders, and a greater level of competition with the new 800cc machines, but I feel we have stepped up to a new level. We will do all we can to continue our early momentum into the second half of this season as all of our teams look to strengthen their respective positions, concludes Yamada.

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MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND

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