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Bridgestone: "At the moment we don't have a big advantage"

Bridgestone: 'At the moment we don't have a big advantage'

Just one official event into the 2008 season, the MotoGP tyre war between Bridgestone and Michelin already appears to be heating up.

Just one official event into the 2008 season, the MotoGP tyre war between Bridgestone and Michelin already appears to be heating up. After talk of a control tyre and switches in rider line-ups, the battle for supremacy rages on between the rubber manufacturers, with their various strengths being displayed in Jerez at the MotoGP Official Test.

Whilst Michelin dominated the overall timesheets in the dry, the arrival of rain for Saturday's BMW M Award session gave Bridgestone an advantage with their wet weather tyre. The Japanese company provided tyres for the winner of every 2007 race that took place in the wet, and noted a one-two in the 40 minute shootout with Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi.

"Sunday was a good chance to try a wet tyre, and the one-two in the qualifying session was good for us because we have never had a ‘pole position' in the competition," commented Hiroshi Yamada from Bridgestone after the conclusion of testing.

"Unfortunately we completely lost one day due to the weather. We tried a lot with the race and qualifying tyres; we now have some data from here and have to develop more using this.

"So, we found out that the wet tyre works very well, but also that our rivals are working very hard. At the moment I don't think that we have so much of an advantage."

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MotoGP, 2008

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