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Bridgestone promise analysis of Stoner problem

Bridgestone promise analysis of Stoner problem

Delighted with Valentino Rossi´s race victory in Le Mans, Bridgestone were left perplexed by a problem with Casey Stoner´s Sunday rubber.

A second consecutive victory with Valentino Rossi retained Bridgestone´s Le Mans advantage in `Michelin territory´, an important psychological advantage in the MotoGP tyre war. Pride in the continuation of their winning ways –and steps forward taken since the season´s start- was only slightly soured by a tyre problem experienced by Casey Stoner in the opening stages of the race.

`I am generally pleased with the performance of our tyres here at Le Mans this weekend,´ reviewed Tohru Ubukata, Bridgestone´s Manager of Motorcycle Race Tyre Development. `All throughout practice many of our riders have been on the pace and we take great pride in the development steps we have made since Qatar. We used many different specification rear tyres with our riders this afternoon and the results were encouraging, not least with Valentino´s excellent victory.´

A post-mortem for 2007 World Champion Stoner´s Alice Grand Prix de France will be carried out by both Ducati and Bridgestone, the two factories eager to resolve the respective engine and tyre difficulties that hit the Australian during the race. The latter problem has perplexed Bridgestone, who had noticed nothing awry during practice.

`Unfortunately, Casey experienced a strange problem with his front tyre after just a few laps, with some unusual degradation, which affected his performance level. It was the same specification front tyre that has enabled him to perform so strongly all weekend, so we will look into this matter very closely with Ducati to determine the cause,´ Ubukata promised.

`Even with this problem he was able to maintain a strong pace and fight near the front, which would undoubtedly have resulted in another podium without his eventual mechanical issue.´

MotoGP, 2008

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