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Bridgestone aim to improve on 2006 Portugal performance

Bridgestone aim to improve on 2006 Portugal performance

This weekends bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal provides Bridgestone with an opportunity to improve on last years disappointing results at Estoril and continue the trend of taking steps forward at tracks where they have previously struggled.

This weekends bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal provides Bridgestone with an opportunity to improve on last years disappointing results at Estoril and continue the trend of taking steps forward at tracks where they have previously struggled.

Last years Portuguese Grand Prix was one of the most difficult of the season for Bridgestone with none of their riders in the top five, but the Japanese compound suppliers are now in a far stronger position overall.

Bridgestone have already made significant progress in Qatar, Turkey and Britain this season, at circuits which, together with Estoril, were identified in advance as crucial venues for improvement.

On their ambitions for the visit to Portugal, Bridgestones Motorcycle Sport Unit Manager Hiroshi Yamada comments: Bridgestone riders generally struggled last year as our tyres did not produce a sufficient level of consistency over the full race distance, mainly due to complications caused by the parts of the track with new asphalt.

We had similar experiences at tracks like Doha, Istanbul and Donington last year, but we have seen a big increase in tyre performance at these circuits this season. Casey (Stoner) and Ducati won in Qatar, while we saw three Bridgestone-shod riders on the podium in Turkey. In Britain, although the race was held in wet conditions, we were pleased with the tyre performance in dry practice which indicated that important progress had been made at this track.

On the specific challenges awaiting Bridgestone and the MotoGP grid this weekend Yamada said: The Estoril track is arguably one of the most technical on the calendar with a big disproportion of left and right hand corners, four left and nine right. The slower speed left handers combine with faster right-hand corners all of which are joined by a 1km-long start-finish straight meaning all aspects of tyre and bike performance are put to the test. The track was partially resurfaced ahead of last years event, so this year we will need to put into practice the lessons we learned from that experience.

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MotoGP, 2007, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL

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