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Bridgestone expecting to bounce back with new rubber

Bridgestone expecting to bounce back with new rubber

After two races in which Michelin have proved to be the dominant tyre force, Bridgestone are relishing the return to a more level playing field with this weekend's Pramac Grand Prix of China.

The Japanese rubber manufacturer were victorious at the Shanghai International Circuit last season, courtesy of Ducati Marlboro´s Casey Stoner. As Motorcycle Sport Unit Manager Hiroshi Yamada explains, Bridgestone have a respectable record at one of the closest circuits to their headquarters.

`China always brings back quite good memories for us, not least because of Casey and Ducati´s excellent win in Shanghai last season. We have also seen other riders take great podium results with Olivier Jacque finishing second for Kawasaki in the wet back in 2005, and John Hopkins taking his first ever podium with Suzuki last year,´ analyses Yamada.

`China is one of the few venues where we have seen podium results with three different manufacturers over the years. We hope that this year´s race will see Bridgestone able to close the gap to the performance of our competitors, who have been very strong in the opening races of the season.´

Yamada´s Bridgestone colleague Tohru Ubukata, Race Tyre Development Manager, is also hopeful of an improvement, and suggests that Bridgestone have the answers to the technical demands of Shanghai.

`After the race in Portugal, we conducted a very valuable tyre testing programme with all our GP riders, and we will introduce some new specification rear tyres for this weekend's race. We found noticeable improvements to the rear grip levels, which has been one of our main focal points for development after the first races of this season. I hope this will help all our teams fight towards the front end of the field this weekend.´

MotoGP, 2008

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