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Bridgestone hopeful of good performance at The Island

Bridgestone hopeful of good performance at The Island

Phillip Island is one of just five tracks on this years MotoGP calendar where Bridgestone have not previously enjoyed a race-winning result.

Phillip Island is one of just five tracks on this years MotoGP calendar where Bridgestone have not previously enjoyed a race-winning result.

The other four - Mugello, Assen, Sachsenring and Estoril - have already been visited this season, but with the newly crowned Bridgestone-shod World Champion Casey Stoner looking to celebrate his title win with a home victory in Sundays GMC Australian Grand Prix, the Japanese company have a good chance of breaking another duck this weekend.

When another Aussie, Rizla Suzukis Chris Vermeulen, scored a fine second place on Bridgestones in last years weather-affected event it was the tyre suppliers best result to date Down Under. In doing so Vermeulen became the first Australian to finish on the podium in a premier class Australian Grand Prix since Mick Doohan back in 1998, and of course he would love to go one better this year.

In his regular detailed pre-race analysis, Hiroshi Yamada, Bridgestones Motorcycle Sport Unit Manager, commented: ´Phillip Island is arguably one of the toughest tracks on the calendar, and very challenging from a tyre point of view. It has the highest average speed of any track on the calendar with last years average top qualifying speed at almost 180 km/h.´

´The final corner is one of the circuits most distinguishing elements, a very long and demanding left-hander heading on to the main straight. This creates a lot of intense and prolonged heat, which is quite severe on the left-hand side of the tyre. At the same time, with the asymmetric layout of the track, the right-hand side of the tyre does not experience such heat, so we have to ensure good warm-up performance for the right-handers.´

Although Bridgestone have already helped Stoner to secure his first World Championship, the first premier class title achieved on the Japanese firms compounds, Yamada insists his team of staff must tackle the rest of the season with the same determination and high standards.

He revealed: ´It is still a great feeling that we have helped Casey (Stoner) and Ducati secure the riders championship title with three races remaining but our approach to the race weekend does not change; we are heading into each weekend with the aim of providing each of our five teams with tyres competitive enough to challenge for victory and podium results.´

´Several riders are still embroiled in close championship battles, not least the competition for fourth with John Hopkins, Chris Vermeulen and Marco Melandri separated by just eight points in positions four to six, and Loris Capirossis Motegi win closing his gap to the top six significantly.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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