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Bridgestone aiming to cash in on test information on Czech return

Bridgestone aiming to cash in on test information on Czech return

Bridgestones first Brno victory came last year courtesy of Loris Capirossi, and the tyre manufacturer are out to defend their advantage with the return visit to the Czech Republic.

Bridgestones first Brno victory came last year courtesy of Loris Capirossi, and the tyre manufacturer are out to defend their advantage with the return visit to the Czech Republic. After some complicated temperatures and tyre demands at recent circuits, Brno is something of a respite for the rubber, as Hiroshi Yamada from Bridgestone explains.

The Automotodrom in Brno is quite an abrasive track and a little bit bumpy, but it does not pose as many technical demands on tyres as some other tracks on the calendar. There is quite an even dispersion of corners with six left and eight right-handers around the 5.4km layout. There are no long high speed corners and no slow speed hairpins which means that the edge of the tyres are not placed under as much pressure. However, the weather can be quite variable. Some years, we have quite hot track temperatures, like we did last year, but other years it can be quite cool, so we have to think about bringing tyres with a wider performance window.

Hard at work over the summer, the tyre manufacturer have some new weapons in their arsenal for the coming months.

Initially, we have worked on adjusting our range of compounds to best suit the Brno track both in terms of grip level and degradation over the 22 laps. With significant elevation changes and flowing corners, Brno is a track that requires careful attention to the set-up of the bike, so our teams will also have a lot of work during the important practice sessions. We have also developed a new range of constructions and compounds which we intend to evaluate in the official post-race test session next week, which will form the basis of our campaign for the rest of the season.

Loris Capirossi and the Ducati team had a very competitive weekend on our tyres last season and were able to win the race in convincing fashion. Brno is one of just four circuits on the calendar at which a rider on our tyres won last year. Seven of the eleven races so far this season have been won using our tyres, the most ever in a single season for Bridgestone, so we definitely hope to keep up momentum, but with competition as closely fought as it is this season, we cannot take anything for granted.

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MotoGP, 2007, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

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