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Bridgestone MotoGP six try out Hypersport tyre

Bridgestone MotoGP six try out Hypersport tyre

Six of the MotoGP riders using Bridgestone rubber in the World Championship this season had an early visit to Jerez last week, at the tyre manufacturer's presentation of their new road tyre.

Six of the MotoGP riders using Bridgestone rubber in the World Championship this season had an early visit to Jerez last week, at the tyre manufacturer's presentation of their new road tyre.

The likes of Casey Stoner, Marco Melandri, Anthony West, Loris Capirossi, Alex de Angelis and Toni Elias made the event a star-studded affair as they undertook demonstration laps of the Spanish circuit with the Battlax BT-016 tyre.

In front of some 130 journalists, the Bridgestone riders were on track over the course of three days in Jerez. Stoner and Melandri were the first to try out the new Hypersport compound -designed for the optimum performance of sport bikes on the road- with the Ducati duo riding on Wednesday, whilst Capirossi & West and De Angelis & Elias split duties over Thursday and Friday.

Another familiar face was in attendance in the form of former MotoGP rider Jeremy McWilliams, helping to set up the bikes for Bridgestone and providing guidance for the current premier class competitors before their demonstration laps.

"It has been a privilege to welcome six MotoGP riders to our Battlax BT -016 international media launch event in Jerez, a very important occasion for Bridgestone Corporation and Bridgestone Europe," said Kenji Shoda, Bridgestone Europe's Director of Consumer Products, who explained how the tyre had been inspired by the championship-winning technology used over the past few years by the Japanese brand.

"This new tyre sees us transfer tyre technology from MotoGP into road bike tyres and we are thrilled to have been able to showcase that crossover by having some of the best riders in the world in Jerez. I would personally like to thank Casey, Marco, Loris, Anthony, Toni and Alex, and their respective teams, for taking time out of their busy schedules to support us."

The Bridgestone six, alongside the remainder of the premier class grid, will be back in action at Jerez from next Friday to prepare for the Gran Premio bwin.com de España.

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MotoGP, 2008

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