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Bridgestone not sitting back ahead of milestone race

Bridgestone not sitting back ahead of milestone race

Amidst speculation involving Valentino Rossi, a control tyre rule and the challenge of a new surface at Sepang, Bridgestone took their eighth one-two of the 2007 season at Malaysia.

Amidst speculation involving Valentino Rossi, a control tyre rule and the challenge of a new surface at Sepang, Bridgestone took their eighth one-two of the 2007 season at Malaysia.

The Japanese tyre company were once again helped to victory by a peerless performance by Casey Stoner, with Marco Melandri joining the Australian on the podium to make it the third time Bridgestone have occupied the top two spots in as many races.

Bridgestone also held the top two spots at last years race in Valencia - which will be the scene of the concluding round of the 2007 season in less than two weeks time - courtesy of Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi. However, Bridgestones Race Tyre Development Manager Tohru Ubukata has made it clear that they can not afford to rest on their laurels if they are to end their best ever season in a celebratory fashion.

I must admit that our rivals appeared very strong again today, so we have to push hard to keep up our rate of development, to end the season on a high note, explained the Bridgestone executive after the race in Sepang.

This afternoons race was held with the hottest track temperatures we have faced this weekend, and I think that our range of tyres worked quite well. The grip and consistency provided by the front and rear tyres over the full race distance was pleasing, but I was surprised by how close and competitive everybody was in the race.

Many riders set their fastest laps in the last third of the race, which is quite incredible in these conditions. The new track surface has given all tyre manufacturers a big challenge here in Sepang, so I am pleased we can see Casey win again with Marco so close behind.

Hiroshi Yamada, one of Bridgestones key figures this year, also emphasised the close nature of the tyre war at the Malaysian circuit.

The field was very evenly matched this afternoon, so everyone should be commended for excellent work at this resurfaced Sepang track, commented the companys Motorcycle Sport Unit Manager, looking ahead to a very special milestone race in less than two weeks time.

It has been a busy and demanding two weekends in a row, so thanks to all the Bridgestone team for usual high standard of work, and we will continue to push our hardest to prepare for the Valencia GP in two weeks which will mark our 100th MotoGP participation.

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MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

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