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Bridgestone comment on Rossi incorporation

Bridgestone comment on Rossi incorporation

Up until now relatively silent about the deal struck to provide Valentino Rossi with tyres for his Yamaha M1 in 2008, Bridgestone today passed comment on the Italians opening test with the new package and the challenges presented by the addition of another rider to their ranks.

Up until now relatively silent about the deal struck to provide Valentino Rossi with tyres for his Yamaha M1 in 2008, Bridgestone today passed comment on the Italians opening test with the new package and the challenges presented by the addition of another rider to their ranks.

Whilst Motorcycle Sport Unit Manager Hiroshi Yamada has not been in Jerez to witness the Italians opening encounter with Bridgestone tyres after seven seasons with the Japanese companys rival Michelin, the manufacturer did send a number of representatives to the Spanish circuit. One such figure was Chris Hughes, the head of communication for Bridgestones MotoGP project.

For this initial test in Jerez, we are looking at establishing a firm baseline by giving Valentino the first chance to use our standard 2007 specification tyres, so that we can gain a better understanding of the direction required for 2008, he explained, confirming Rossis statements from yesterday afternoon.

With all of our teams though, we have been using these post-season tests to assess how new bikes and new riders affect the performance of our tyres as we look towards next year. Yamaha is an important manufacturer for Bridgestone and working with them will mean we are supplying tyres to all five manufacturers in MotoGP, which will be an interesting technical challenge, he added.

Valentino is a hugely successful rider, he will surely help further develop our tyres, and we look forward to working with him, as we do with all our teams and riders for next season.

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MotoGP, 2007

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