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Bridgestone sorry for Pedrosa tyre

Bridgestone has promised to carry out a full investigation to find out why Dani Pedrosa's front tyre was in such a poor condition at the end of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Pedrosa returned to the pit lane following the race at Motegi showing visible chunks out of his front tyre, prompting Bridgestone to apologise for the isolated case.

Even so, Pedrosa enjoyed an impressive run at Motegi, finishing in third position from a lowly eleventh on the grid. His result was also achieved while he continues to recuperate from knee and arm surgery.

“We did see some problems with Dani Pedrosa's medium compound front Bridgestone tyre after the race,” admitted Bridgestone race tyre manager Tohru Ubukata.

“All the other tyres that were used during the weekend, and this season, performed well so we can say this is a problem isolated to just this one tyre, but of course we have already taken the tyre to our technical centre in Tokyo where we are investigating the problem in detail.

“I would like to apologise to Dani and the Repsol Honda team, but we saw that despite the problem the front Bridgestone continued to perform until the end of the race and I am happy that Dani finished a great ride in third position.”

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spirito - Unregistered

April 28, 2009 8:26 PM

OH MY GOD!! I saw the picture and I couldn' t believe it! After the race I saw Dani at parc ferme pointing out something on the front tyre at his engineer, Jordi Prades, but I didn' t think it was somethig so serious. That makes his result even more impressive!! I have to say young Mr. Pedrosa has impressed me soooo much!! He managed to deliver through all these adversities and I didn' t hear him moan or justifying himself. That guy is a GREAT rider.

slideways - Unregistered

April 28, 2009 12:31 PM

This kind of thing can happen with or without a single tyre rule. Rossi's front tyre came apart at Shanghai a few years back and he couldn't even finish the race. seem to recall he also had a rear michelin come apart at brno in 2002, shinya nakano's bridgestone exploded at mugello, vermeulen pitted at qatar last year etc etc Unless it starts happening to someone at every race it's just one of those things. "that's racing" as they say - glad dani was able to finish

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