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Bridgestone prepare for Misano debut

Bridgestone prepare for Misano debut

This weekend's Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini sees premier class competition return to Misano for the first time since 1993 and is therefore of course a debut for Bridgestone at the Italian track.

This weekend's Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini sees premier class competition return to Misano for the first time since 1993 and is therefore of course a debut for Bridgestone at the Italian track.

With the Japanese firm having only joined the MotoGP championship in 2002 they have no previous experience of Misano, but realistically it will be a new challenge for the entire Grand Prix fraternity after a 14 year absence and with a reversed riding direction.

Currently clearly getting the better of their rivals in the so called ‘tyre war' Bridgestone have consistently risen to the unique challenges presented by the varying conditions of the MotoGP travelling circus thus far in 2007 and will hope to extend their good form at round 13 of the season this weekend.

In Brno two weeks ago another awe-inspiring performance by Bridgestone-shod Ducati Marlboro rider Casey Stoner saw him increase his lead in the general standings to 60 points. In addition, a superb ride by Suzuki's John Hopkins to claim a career-best second position meant it was another success story all round for the Japanese compound suppliers in the Czech Republic and they now head to Misano looking to maintain their dominant position.

Hiroshi Yamada, Bridgestone's Motorcycle Sport Unit Manager, assesses the challenge ahead, commenting: "Misano seems to be quite a narrow track with a few short straights and tight corners. Most of the corners seem to be slow speed, so basically the priority will be on finding good braking stability and good traction. From what we have heard, the track could be quite bumpy, but the riders will only begin to get a real feel for the track when MotoGP bikes make their first runs there on Friday."

The Bridgestone (and Michelin) riders will have a total of 34 tyres at their disposal this weekend with one extra front tyre and two extra rears being made available, in line with a one-off revision to the FIM technical regulations for this event. An extra free practice session has been added to the schedule on Friday afternoon to allow extra time for riders, teams and tyre manufacturers to get to grips with the newly set out circuit.

"We will have three practice sessions on Friday and our riders will be permitted an extra three tyres in their allocation for this extra hour. All riders will have 15 front tyres and 19 rear tyres this weekend for four free practice sessions, qualifying practice, warm-up and the race itself. I do not think our approach to the weekend will be any different to other events but it is the first trip to Misano for MotoGP so our teams and riders will certainly spend more time than usual on setting up the bikes. This extra hour on Friday will therefore be useful to understand the direction we need to take with tyre choice and to conduct a thorough evaluation of the specifications that our teams select."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI

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