Tag Archive: Hirohide Hamashima

Jul 28

Alonso ‘calmer’ than ‘aggressive’ Schumacher – Hamashima

“They never give up in their efforts to achieve victories and titles”

2012-07-21 - Mercedes AMG Petronas - Germany - Michael Schumacher 032012-07-21 - Ferrari - Germany - Fernando Alonso 03When asked to compare Fernando Alonso with Michael Schumacher, Hirohide Hamashima insisted the great pair of drivers are “so very similar”.

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Jan 11

Ferrari signs Bridgestone’s Hamashima

The news was announced by Stefano Domenicali, the famous team’s boss.

Bridgestone - Hirohide HamashimaScuderia Ferrari logoFerrari has signed Bridgestone’s former technical chief Hirohide Hamashima, it emerged from the ‘Wrooom’ media event in the Italian Dolomites on Wednesday.

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Nov 01

Bridgestone MotoGP Valencia preview

Round 18

MotoGP logoBridgestone MotoGP 2011-03-28The Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia plays host to the final round of the season on 6 November and the MotoGP community travels there to honour and pay tribute to the memory of Marco Simoncelli.

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Oct 22

Pedrosa pips Stoner for pole at Sepang

Round 17: Malaysian GP – Qualifying

MotoGP - Malaysia - Repsol Honda Team - Dani PedrosaMotoGP - Malaysia - Monster Yamaha Tech3 - Colin EdwardsThe Repsol Honda machines continued to dominate at Sepang today, and it was Spaniard Dani Pedrosa came out on top after a scrap in the closing minutes to secure his second pole position start of the season.

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Oct 21

Pedrosa sets the pace on sweltering first day in Malaysia

Round 17: Malaysian GP – Free Practice One & Two

MotoGP - Malaysia - Yamaha Factory Racing - Ben SpiesMotoGP - Malaysia - Rizla Suzuki - John HopkinsAfter the first two free practice sessions for the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend, it was Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa who topped the timesheets, dipping under the lap record from the very first session in what is shaping up to be a fast weekend at Sepang.

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Oct 18

Bridgestone MotoGP Malaysia preview

Round 17 preview and Round 16 post-race debrief

MotoGP logoBridgestone Moto Tyres The Malaysian Grand Prix, held at the Sepang International Circuit on 23 October, is the penultimate race of the season and the final long-haul event of the year, coming the week after the Australian round.

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Oct 16

Stoner does it in style for his second title with Bridgestone

Round 16: Australian GP – Race

MotoGP - Australia - Repsol Honda Team - Casey StonerMotoGP - Australia - Phillip Island - Casey Stoner - Ducati - Nicky HaydenCasey Stoner was crowned the 2011 MotoGP World Champion in Australia today with a characteristically dominant victory at Phillip Island, on his birthday, and marking a number of milestones including his second world crown.

(Flagworld’s photo album)

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Oct 15

Stoner top in qualifying using the new softer rear Bridgestone

Round 16: Australian GP – Qualifying

MotoGP - Australia - Repsol Honda Team - Casey StonerMotoGP - Australia - Yamaha Factory Racing - Jorge LorenzoCasey Stoner continued his dominant form at Phillip Island today with his fourth consecutive pole position at his home Grand Prix, prompting adoring fans to rename the venue ‘Casey’s Island’. His best lap came using the soft front slick and the softer option rear.

(Flagworld’s photo album)

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Oct 14

Stoner sets pace on opening day in Australia

Round 16: Australian GP – Free Practice One & Two

MotoGP - Australia - Yamaha Factory Racing - Jorge LorenzoMotoGP - Australia - Repsol Honda Team - Casey StonerCasey Stoner got his home Grand Prix off to a great start today, heading the timesheets in both free practice sessions aboard his Repsol Honda machine. As the conditions changed between the two sessions, Stoner’s best lap actually came in the morning’s session, as it did for half of the riders in the top ten, and was just 0.4seconds off the lap record.  Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

Bridgestone MotoGP round 16, Australia preview

Australian GP Bridgestone preview

BridgestoneMotoGP logoAs the first of the final back-to-back pair of overseas races of the 2011 season, the MotoGP paddock heads to Australia’s Phillip Island circuit for round 16 on 16th October, where mathematically there is the first chance for the 2011 title to be sealed.

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Oct 04

Japan Grand Prix debrief with Hirohide Hamashima

 Round 15: Japan GP – Post-race debrief

BridgestoneBridgestone Moto Tyres Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix was a dramatic event with three riders penalised for jump-starts and being given ride-through penalties, five riders crashing out in separate incidents and another four recovering and rejoining after running off-track. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 02

Another lap record falls in drama-filled Japanese GP

Round 15: Japan GP – Race

MotoGP - Monza - Repsol Honda Team - Casey StonerMotoGP - Monza - Pedrosa - podiumRepsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa kept a level head and rode a faultless race to take HRC’s first MotoGP victory at Motegi in a dramatic Japanese Grand Prix. Starting from fourth on the grid, he was one of five riders to use the harder front and rear slicks and once at the front of the field, he didn’t look back and set a new lap record to round-off what has been a very fast weekend.

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Sep 30

Leaders under lap record already after first day at Motegi

Round 15: Japanese GP – Free Practice One & Two

MotoGP - Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team, was last year's pole-sitter here and finished third fastest today1MotoGP - Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team, was third fastest in FP1 and sixth quickest overallFittingly for Honda at their circuit, the leaderboard was dominated today by Honda machines: the Repsol Honda trio of Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso in first, second and third respectively and San Carlo Honda Gresini Marco Simoncelli fourth fastest.

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Sep 13

Bridgestone MotoGP Aragon preview

MotoGP Round 14 

MotoGP logoMotorland Aragon logoIn 2010, the Motorland Aragon circuit in the north-east of Spain was an entirely new challenge for Bridgestone as it held its first premier class motorcycle Grand Prix. This year however, Bridgestone, the teams and the riders all have the benefit of last year’s data to call upon. 

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Sep 06

San Marino Grand Prix debrief with Hirohide Hamashima

Round 13: San Marino GP – Post-race debrief

MotoGP - Repsol Honda Team - Casey StonerMotoGP - Yamaha Factory Racing - Jorge LorenzoThe San Marino was won by Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo who sealed his third victory of the season to close in on Casey Stoner in the championship standings after the current leader finished third, just behind Dani Pedrosa. This means Stoner’s championship lead is now 35 points with 125 points still available from the remaining five grands prix.

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Sep 04

Lorenzo takes Misano win to intensify championship fight

Round 13: San Marino GP – Race

MotoGP - Misano - Yamaha Factory Racing - Jorge LorenzoMotoGP - Misano - Lorenzo leads Stoner and PedrosaJorge Lorenzo resisted pressure from pole-sitter Casey Stoner in the early stages of today’s 28-lap race to take a dominant victory and set a new lap record. Dani Pedrosa chased down Stoner and passed him on lap 23 to finish second, meaning that Stoner’s championship lead over Lorenzo is now down to 35 points leaving the title wide open for the remaining five races of the season.

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Sep 03

New Misano pole position record for Stoner, on race tyres

Round 13: San Marino GP – Qualifying

MotoGP - San Marino - Yamaha Factory Racing - Jorge LorenzoMotoGP - San Marino - Repsol Honda Team - Casey StonerCasey Stoner secured his eighth pole position of the season in Misano today, and in doing so set a new circuit pole position record. The old record was set by the Australian in 2008 in the era of tyre competition on Bridgestone’s high-grip qualifying tyres, but now in the Official Tyre Supplier era there are no qualifying tyres meaning that Stoner’s new record was set on race rubber.

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Sep 02

Lorenzo starts strongly in Misano, under the lap record already

Round 13: San Marino GP – Free Practice One & Two

MotoGP - San Marino GP - Repsol Honda Team - Casey StonerMotoGP - San Marino GP - Yamaha Factory Racing - Jorge LorenzoJorge Lorenzo finished the first day of free practice for the San Marino Grand Prix on the top of the timesheets, using the hard compound slicks front and rear to dip under the existing lap record, a 1m 34.340 set by Dani Pedrosa last year.

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Sep 01

Indianapolis Grand Prix debrief with Hirohide Hamashima

Round 12: Indianapolis GP – Post-Race Debrief

MotoGP - Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing, leaving the pits after a tyre changeMotoGP - Bridgestone technicians with Casey Stoner's race-winning Honda RC212VFor the 2011 Indianapolis Grand Prix the infield section, from turns five to the final corner, had been resurfaced which left the tarmac much smoother than previously but provided several new challenges for the tyres and the riders.

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Aug 31

Bridgestone MotoGP Round 13

San Marino preview

MotoGP logoSan Marino SuperbikeThere’s no rest for the MotoGP paddock as it travels from Indianapolis last weekend straight to Rimini and the Adriatic Coast for the San Marino Grand Prix on 4 September.

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Aug 28

Stoner victorious at Indy as tyre management proves crucial

Round 12: Indianapolis GP – Race

MotoGP - Indianapolis - Stoner - PedrosaMotoGP - Indianapolis - Repsol Honda Team - Casey StonerIn particularly tricky conditions because of the high temperature and the new tarmac at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Casey Stoner and the Repsol Honda Team delivered a masterclass in consistency and tyre management to romp to a comfortable victory. It’s the Australian’s seventh of the season and his third in succession, extending his championship lead to 44 points with six races remaining.

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Aug 28

Pole and new record for Stoner as new Indy surface keeps improving

Round 12: Indianapolis GP – Qualifying

MotoGP - Yamaha Factory Racing - Ben SpiesMotoGP - Repsol Honda Team - Casey StonerCasey Stoner continued his strong form in qualifying today to seal his seventh pole position of the season. As the level of grip from the 1.5miles (2.4km) of new tarmac at the 2.62mile (4.216km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway continued to improve today, his best lap was also an impressive 0.9seconds faster than the previous pole position record, set by Dani Pedrosa in 2009.

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Aug 26

Stoner tops timesheets in Indy as new tarmac improves throughout first day‏

Round 12: Indianapolis GP – Free Practice One & Two

MotoGP - Indianapolis - Yamaha Factory Racing - Ben SpiesMotoGP - Indianapolis - Repsol Honda Team - Casey StonerRepsol Honda’s Casey Stoner finished at the top of the timesheets after the first day of running at Indianapolis, setting a best of 1m 40.724s on his last lap of this afternoon’s 45-minute free practice session.

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Aug 23

Bridgestone MotoGP Round 12, Indianapolis preview

The inaugural Indianapolis Grand Prix was only held in 2008

MotoGP logoIndy 500MotoGP - Mahindra Racing - Danny WebbMotoGP travels to the United States of America for the second time this season for the Indianapolis Grand Prix on 28 August, round 12 of the 18-race series. 

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Aug 09

Bridgestone MotoGP Brno preview

MotoGP Round 11 in Czech Republic

MotoGP - German GP - The lead groupMotoGP logoThe Czech Republic’s Automotodrom Brno circuit, located 200km south west of Prague, gets the second half of the 2011 MotoGP season underway on 14 August, but it is also a significant race because it is the first at which the new tyre supply regulations come into effect, giving riders a greater choice of softer compounds.

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Jul 25

Stoner storms to dominant victory in the United States

Round 10: United States GP – Race

MotoGP - Laguna Seca - Casey Stoner - Jorge LorenzoMotoGP - US GP - Repsol Honda Team - Casey StonerCasey Stoner demonstrated fantastic race pace today using the harder compound Bridgestone slicks to climb from third and take a decisive victory at Laguna Seca. Initially following the lead battle between Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, as their pace faded Stoner’s consistency meant he took the lead by lap 27 of 32 and never looked back.

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Jul 24

Lorenzo secures pole for United States Grand Prix, under lap record (+result)

Round 10: United States GP – Qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
 
MotoGP - Jorge LorenzoMotoGP logoIn a nail-biting end to the hour-long qualifying session, Jorge Lorenzo claimed pole position for today’s United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca just 0.072seconds ahead of Casey Stoner. Both riders used a harder front and softer rear slick to post their best efforts on their last lap, and were the only two riders to beat the existing lap record. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 23

Lorenzo leads after first day of running at Laguna

 Round 10: United States GP – Free Practice One & Two at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
 
Jorge Lorenzo 2011-05-31Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca logoJorge Lorenzo, last year’s winner here at Laguna Seca, finished the first day of running for the United States Grand Prix fastest overall, just 0.141seconds ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Casey Stoner, who was fastest in the morning’s free practice, finished third fastest a further 0.034seconds adrift. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 19

Bridgestone MotoGP round 10 preview

USA, Laguna Seca  

MotoGP logoMotoGP - motos en action - 14-10-2010The United States Grand Prix is the first overseas race since the opening round in Qatar back in March, and for round ten MotoGP travels to the west coast of California and to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, one of the most famous and iconic circuits on the calendar.

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Jul 19

German Grand Prix debrief with Hirohide Hamashima

Round 9: German GP – Post-race debrief

MotoGP - German GP - The lead groupMotoGP - Ducati Team - Valentino Rossi working closely with his Bridgestone engineerAs the rain stayed away until minutes after the chequered flag, when a light shower fell, the German Grand Prix became only the third race of the season at which MotoGP track time has not been interrupted by rain. Conditions started cold on Friday morning but warmed throughout the weekend, leading to a new lap record and a new total race time record being set on Sunday by race-winner Dani Pedrosa in just his second race since returning from injury.

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