After a three-way victory battle at the Italian Grand Prix, MotoGP tyre supplier Bridgestone is hoping that this weekend's German round will produce a fourth different winner in four years.
“We saw a brilliant race last time out in Italy that was very exciting for the fans too, so I hope for a similar race in Germany!" said Hiroshi Yamada, manager of Bridgestone's Motorsport Department.
"Dani, Valentino and Casey have each won in Germany in the last three years, each with a different manufacturer, so I hope this is a good sign that we may have a different winner again this year."
Bridgestone has responded to rider feedback by announcing softer-than-planned specification tyres for four of the remaining ten rounds of the 2011 season.
The move comes in response to concern from riders that tyres were taking too long to heat up in cool conditions, leading to accidents.
Germany is not one of the changed events, since the decision to use softer tyres at the Sachsenring was already in place.
"Having spoken at length to the riders and teams recently we have confirmed that we will change our tyre allocation to bring softer spec tyres to four of the remaining races," said Yamada.
"But we had already decided at the start of the year to bring softer rears to Germany as part of our continuous assessment of compound selections, so I hope they are well received.”