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Bridgestone reflects on Jerez test.

Bridgestone Motorsport motorcycle manager Hiroshi Yamada highlighted the performances of Casey Stoner, Suzuki and Mika Kallio during the final MotoGP pre-season test at Jerez.

Stoner dominated Sunday's rain-interrupted 'qualifying' session to win a new BMW by over 0.7sec from reigning champion Valentino Rossi, while a rejuvenated Suzuki claimed third and fifth places - just ahead of MotoGP rookie Kallio.

"Casey again looks impressive and it is good to see both Suzukis running well, but I am also pleased for Mika Kallio who was sixth fastest in official practice in his rookie season,” said Yamada. “Now we have finished winter testing and team feedback on our tyres has been good so we are looking forward to a good first race in Qatar in two weeks.”

Meanwhile, Bridgestone development manager Tohru Ubukata was pleased with how the limited range of tyres available to teams under the new single-brand regulations had handled the wide range of track conditions.

“We have had all weather conditions this weekend, and it has been the first wet test for the 2009 specification wet tyre,” he said. “The slick tyres have been run in cold to reasonably hot conditions this weekend, and both compounds worked well across the range.

“We have seen that with only two slick compounds and one wet compound offered to each rider our tyres can deal with these conditions with a good level of performance that I am very happy with.

“I'd also like to thank all the teams for their cooperation in our 2010 development programme, as we have now finalised our 2010 specification compounds,” he revealed.

The first MotoGP race of the new single-tyre era will take place under floodlights at Qatar on April 12.

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Marc - Unregistered

April 02, 2009 4:40 PM

Wonder how Bridgestone selects which input to use on the development of their tires. Do they pick from the best teams or riders or take a cross reference of all comments and inputs on areas to improve their tires? Or do they just use comments from whoever is having the best lap times?

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