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Bridgestone excel in testing Sepang conditions

Bridgestone excel in testing Sepang conditions

The hard compound wet tyres supplied by Bridgestone stood up to the tough conditions in Malaysia over the weekend.

Bridgestone’s hard wets for the weekend’s Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix displayed impressive durability to cope with the conditions at Sepang.

With every rider starting the race on the wet compounds available, Casey Stoner secured his fourth win of the season – his 20th on Bridgestone tyres – as Valentino Rossi secured the 2009 World Championship.

“It is the first race of the season that has been run in wet conditions for the full distance, but even with the rain the temperature was still hot which is why we chose to bring the hard compound wet tyre here,” explained Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department Manager, Tohru Ubukata.

“I can say that these are special conditions because normally when we see rain the temperature is low. After the heavy rain the track started very wet, and did not dry so quickly despite the heat but the wet tyres showed good durability. Right from the start of the race Casey was very fast and I was surprised with his pace considering the conditions.”

Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of the Bridgestone Corporation, added, “I’d like to congratulate Casey for his dominant win in very demanding conditions, and I would also like to congratulate Valentino Rossi and the Fiat Yamaha Team as their third position finish here secures him his ninth World Championship and his second consecutive World title on Bridgestone tyres.”

“The championship has been much closer this year than in past seasons, and I am very happy with the level of fairness of support we have been able to provide to all teams and riders as the official tyre supplier. As we continue this support I am sure we will see many more exciting races, both in Valencia to end this season and throughout the next two years of our appointment as single tyre supplier.”


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