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Bridgestone out to break German GP curse

Bridgestone out to break German GP curse

Although Bridgestone have demonstrated continual improvement since their arrival in MotoGP, taking their first victories at a number of Michelin strongholds in recent years, Sachsenring remains something of a cursed track for the Japanese tyre manufacturer.

Although Bridgestone have demonstrated continual improvement since their arrival in MotoGP, taking their first victories at a number of Michelin strongholds in recent years, Sachsenring remains something of a cursed track for the Japanese tyre manufacturer.

A Bridgestone-shod bike has yet to cross the finish line amongst the top three, with Loris Capirossi the factorys highest placed rider last year in fifth. However, the rich run of form that Bridgestone are experiencing at the moment, in addition to the unknown performance demands of the 800cc machines in Germany, could mean that the Sachsenring hoodoo could finally be lifted. Hiroshi Yamada from Bridgestone notes what will be required from their compounds over the course of a weekend at round ten of the MotoGP World Championship.

Sachsenring is one of the slowest tracks on the calendar and also one of the shortest laps we experience during the season at just 3.671km. The circuit is run in an anti-clockwise direction and we must deal with an asymmetrical composition of corners with ten left and four right-hand turns. From a tyre perspective, this means we must ensure good warm-up on the right-hand side of the tyre, particularly considering the middle section when riders must spend around a third of the lap constantly using the left-hand side of the tyre, commented Yamada.

Taking into consideration the amount of pressure that the left-hand side of the tyre is under, we will be bringing medium and hard compound rears for our teams both 16 and 16.5. The asphalt at Sachsenring has been recently resurfaced which will inevitably require some adaptation from teams and tyre manufacturers, but I hope that we will not experience any unpleasant surprises when we start practice on Friday morning.

I think we can be quite satisfied with the improvements made with tyre durability during the course of this season, explains Bridgestones Motorcycle Sport Department Manager. In my opinion, this is one of our most important steps, but it is also an area where we must always keep focus. We are actively working on improving all round grip levels as we look to raise our competitiveness yet further with the championship heading into the second half of the season.

The German event is like a home grand prix for some of our staff, so I hope we can celebrate a good result this weekend as a fitting reward for all their hard work so far this year.

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MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND

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