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Bridgestone hope for good start at difficult track

Bridgestone hope for good start at difficult track

After a brilliant 2007 season, in which Casey Stoner took the first ever MotoGP title on Bridgestone tyres, the Japanese rubber suppliers have another big year ahead of them as the World Championship recommences under Losails recently installed floodlights this weekend.

After a brilliant 2007 season, in which Casey Stoner took the first ever MotoGP title on Bridgestone tyres, the Japanese rubber suppliers have another big year ahead of them as the World Championship recommences under Losails recently installed floodlights this weekend.

Speaking to motogp.com from the desert circuits paddock on the first day of the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar, Hiroshi Yamada, the manager of Bridgestones Motorcycle Sport Unit, revealed his expectations for the first round of the season.

Although Michelin enjoyed the best of last weekends final preseason test of the year in Qatar, the first race of 2008 is a momentous one for Bridgestone, with Fiat Yamahas Valentino Rossi now of course onboard and Stoner in good form as he commences his title defence at a track where he rode brilliant to his first MotoGP victory last March.

On the preparations for this weekends action following the findings at last weeks night test Yamada explained: ´This is a big challenge for us, as weve never had such an experience before. Last week we had two days of testing and we expected low temperatures but the track temperature was even lower than expected, so that´s why our tyres didn´t work as well as we imagined.´

´Basically the character of this track is a bit difficult for us,´ continued the Japanese boss, ´and the lower temperature made things more difficult. We didn´t have much time to improve our tyres but we tried our best during this week and we brought some new tyres. We hope they will be good for the race weekend.´ ´The qualifying tyres we tried here last week weren´t that good compared to Michelin tyres but basically during the winter tests, at Sepang and Phillip Island, our tyres were competitive enough. Of course Michelin is working really hard and at the test here at Qatar, our qualifying tyres didn´t look as good as in the previous tests.´

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MotoGP, 2008, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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