Tag Archive: Tohru Ubukata

Feb 08

First Sepang MotoGP test debrief with Tohru Ubukata and Loris Capirossi

Bridgestone worked around the clock to continue evaluation of its 2012 specification tyre

Bridgestone Moto Tyres MotoGP logoThe first round of pre-season MotoGP testing was completed last week, with Bridgestone supplying its 2012 specification tyre to both the private Valencia test and the IRTA test at Sepang as it forges ahead with its preparations for the upcoming season

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Feb 02

Bridgestone wraps up a successful first round of testing

First Sepang Test, 31 January – 2 February 2012

The first round of MotoGP testing for the 2012 season has been completed following the end of the first Sepang test with Bridgestone undertaking extensive assessment of its 2012 specification tyres.

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Jan 30

Bridgestone geared up for 2012 MotoGP tests

Improved warm-up performance, enhanced rider feel and extended operating temperature for tyres

MotoGP logo BridgestoneFollowing an intensive development programme over the winter break, Bridgestone is geared up for the first MotoGP group tests of 2012 as evaluation of the tyres that will be used for the upcoming season continues. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 09

Bridgestone’s 2012 tyres debuted successfully in Valencia

Official MotoGP Test, Valencia, Tuesday 8 – Wednesday 9 November 2011

MotoGP - Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda Team, and his Bridgestone engineerMotoGP - Ben Spies, Yamaha Factory Racing, and his Bridgestone engineerDuring the two-day official MotoGP test at the Valencia circuit, Bridgestone debuted the final specification 2012 tyres, providing them to all teams for the duration of the test.

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Nov 08

Valencia Grand Prix debrief with Tohru Ubukata

Round 18: Valencia GP – Post-race debrief

MotoGP - Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team, in pitlaneMotoGP - Alvaro Bautista's Rizla Suzuki has a tyre change on the gridThe finale of the 2011 season at Valencia was a thrilling but an incredibly tricky race for riders and tyres alike. The conditions were bad all weekend.

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Nov 06

Stunning victory snatched at the finish line in Spain

Round 18: Valencia GP – Race

MotoGP - Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda Team, took his tenth victory of the season at ValenciaMotoGP - Casey Stoner leads Ben Spies at the season finale in ValenciaThe final race of the season was an action-packed thriller, filled with the uncertainty of spots of rain that fell almost for the duration of the 30 laps, getting harder at times and challenging riders and tyres alike, leaving them guessing at grip level corner by corner. Every rider used the softer option rear slicks, and most switched to the softer fronts on the grid, leaving only Casey Stoner, Ben Spies, Cal Crutchlow and Karel Abraham on the harder option.

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Nov 05

Stoner rounds out season with 12th pole as rain holds off

Round 18: Valencia GP – Qualifying

MotoGP - Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team, will start from second tomorrowMotoGP - Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda Team, set his 12th pole of the season todayCasey Stoner took the final pole position of the 2011 season today in Valencia, marking his record-equalling 12th start from the top spot in what has been a dominant Championship year for the Australian and the Repsol Honda Team.

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Nov 04

Stoner leads the way as Bridgestone’s wets get first workout since August

Round 18: Valencia GP – Free Practice One & Two

MotoGP - Valencia - Rizla Suzuki - Alvaro BautistaMotoGP - Valencia - Ducati Team - Nicky HaydenThe first wet MotoGP sessions since Free Practice three for the Czech Republic Grand Prix on 13 August provided some interesting running today on the opening day of the season finale in Valencia. 

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Aug 16

Czech Republic Grand Prix and Official test debrief with Tohru Ubukata

Round 11: Czech Republic GP – Post-race debrief

MotoGP - Brno - Cardion AB Motoracing - Karel AbrahamMotoGP - Brno - Repsol Honda Team - Dani PedrosaThe Czech Republic Grand Prix restarted the season following a short summer break after the United States Grand Prix, and 238,000 spectators turned out to witness the action at the Brno circuit over the three days. Apart from a wet morning practice on Saturday, the rest of the MotoGP track-time was dry and the temperature was warm.

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Aug 14

Stoner victorious in Brno in Honda one-two-three

Round 11: Czech Republic GP – Race

MotoGP - Brno - Repsol Honda Team - Casey StonerMotoGP - Brno - Repsol Honda Team -  Casey Stoner podiumCasey Stoner ran away with the victory at Brno today, clinching his sixth victory of the season with the Repsol Honda Team. After an early battle with teammate Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, once Stoner took the lead on lap three he never looked back.

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Aug 13

Pole position for Pedrosa for tomorrow’s Czech Grand Prix

Round 11: Czech Republic GP – Qualifying

MotoGP - Brno -  Repsol Honda Team - Dani PedrosaMotoGP - Brno - Yamaha Factory Racing - Jorge LorenzoRepsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa stormed to his first pole position of the season in Brno today with a final lap of the hour-long session that saw him dip under the existing lap record.

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Aug 12

Pedrosa sets the early pace in Brno as new tyre rules come into effect‏

Round 11: Czech Republic GP – Free Practice One & Two

MotoGP - Brno - Repsol Honda Team - Dani PedrosaMotoGP - Brno - San Carlo Honda Gresini - Marco SimoncelliDani Pedrosa led the way in both of today’s free practice sessions, finishing 0.377seconds ahead of Repsol Honda teammate Casey Stoner. In both 45-minute sessions, Pedrosa was the only rider to dip below the existing lap record and actually went faster in the morning; impressive on just the first day of running for the Czech Grand Prix.

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May 03

Portuguese Grand Prix debrief with Tohru Ubukata

Round 3: Portuguese GP – Post-race debrief

MotoGP - Dani Pedrosa - Jorge LorenzoMotoGP - The San Carlo Honda Gresini - Marco SimoncelliThe weather at the Estoril circuit is always unpredictable because of its proximity to both sea and mountains and this year was no different, but the surprise worked in favour of the riders. Read the rest of this entry »

May 02

Bridgestone concludes day of tyre testing for MotoGP’s 1000cc era

Round 3: Portuguese GP – Official post-race test

motoGP - Marco Simoncelli - San Carlo Honda GresiniMotoGP - Jorge Lorenzo - Yamaha Factory RacingBridgestone made full use of the official one-day post-race test at the Estoril circuit today, supplying every rider with one test front slick tyre and two specs of rear slick in addition to the normal test allocation. The test was a valuable opportunity for Bridgestone to continue tyre testing, specifically with a view for the 1000cc MotoGP bikes next year. Read the rest of this entry »

May 01

Pedrosa claims first win of season with faultless run in Portugal

Round 3: Portuguese GP – Race

MotoGP - Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda TeamMotoGP - Jorge Lorenzo - Yamaha Factory Racing - EstorilRepsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa took victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix today with a dominant performance that saw him take the lead on lap 25 and never look back. The Spaniard tailed fellow countryman Jorge Lorenzo for much of the race before making his move four laps from the end. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Lorenzo clinches Estoril pole on harder front and softer rear slicks

Round 3: Portuguese GP – Qualifying

MotoGP - Marco Simoncelli - San Carlo Honda Gresini - EstorilMotoGP - Jorge Lorenzo - Yamaha Factory Racing - qualified on poleFor the second day running in Portugal the rain stayed away from the Estoril circuit despite very ominous weather, and although the morning practice session was damp, the qualifying session was dry. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 29

Simoncelli fastest as opening day in Estoril just stays dry

Round 3: Portuguese GP – Free Practice One & Two

MotoGP - Marco Simoncelli - San Carlo Honda GresiniMotoGP - Jorge Lorenzo - Yamaha Factory RacingWhilst the weather forecast predicted rain all day, Estoril demonstrated how unpredictable its climate is and both MotoGP free practice sessions remained dry, although the rain came the moment the flag dropped on the premier class this afternoon. Overnight rain left the tarmac dirty and slippery however. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 03

Bridgestone concludes successful three-day test in Sepang

MotoGP winter test

BridgestoneMotoGPThe first official MotoGP test of the 2011 season came to a conclusion today after three days of running at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia. Despite the normally inclement weather, the busy testing schedules of the teams, riders and Bridgestone were aided by three full days of dry running. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 30

A second day of torrential rain cancels qualifying at Estoril

At round 17 for Portugal Grand Prix qualifying

A second day of torrential rain and high winds forced this afternoon’s qualifying session to be cancelled. In many places the circuit was flooded, causing the cancellation on safety grounds and meaning that the grid for tomorrow’s race will be decided based on the fastest laps from the free practice sessions. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 05

Grand Prix debrief with Tohru Ubukata

Round 14: Japanese Grand Prix – Post-race debrief

After being postponed from its original date of April, the Japanese Grand Prix was held at the beginning of October, meaning higher ambient and track temperatures and still the possibility of rain. Rain only fell on Thursday and the track remained dry for the rest of the grand prix weekend, but to cope with the increased temperature Bridgestone brought harder slick tyre compounds than had been selected for the April date. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 30

MotoGP: Round 11 Indianapolis GP Bridgestone race report

Pedrosa wins in scorching Indianapolis on harder option slicks

Starting from fifth position, Dani Pedrosa stormed to a decisive victory at the Indianapolis Grand Prix today to record his third win of the season. The Repsol Honda rider was one of only four riders to opt for the harder option rear Bridgestone slick, and made best use of it to take the lead on lap seven and later record the fastest lap of the race. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 15

MotoGP Rd.10 Czech Republic Bridgestone Automotodrom Brno race report

Lorenzo takes seventh win of the season after rain-interrupted Brno weekend

MotoGPAfter a damp warm-up session in the morning the Czech Republic Grand Prix, during which it was only the second time this season that Bridgestone’s wet tyres have been used, the forecast rain stayed away and made for a dry race at the Automotodrom Brno circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 14

MotoGP Rd.10 Czech Republic Bridgestone qualifying report

Round 10: Czech Republic GP – Qualifying

MotoGPDani Pedrosa will start tomorrow’s Czech Republic Grand Prix from the front having secured his third pole position of the season, and his sixth ever on Bridgestone tyres, in a thrilling end to the hour-long qualifying session. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 10

MotoGP: Czech Republic Bridgestone preview‏

Round 10: Czech Republic, Brno

MotoGPMotorcycle Grand Prix racing recommences in the Czech Republic after the summer break as MotoGP heads to the Automotodrom Brno circuit, located 200km south west of Prague. Brno is characterised by its dramatic changes of elevation which total more than 73metres from the circuit’s highest point to its lowest, and this rollercoaster of tarmac creates specific challenges for tyres. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 24

Stoner sets fast pace to top timesheets

In first practice for  Round 9 at  United States GP

Ducati Team’s Casey Stoner set the fastest lap during the first hour of practice and, using Bridgestone’s asymmetric rear slicks for the first time at Laguna Seca, he was already just 0.02seconds from last year’s pole time. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 06

Pedrosa wins and sets new lap record on hard compound slicks (+results)

MotoGP Round 4: Italian GP race report

Opting for Bridgestone’s hard compound slicks front and rear, Dani Pedrosa took victory for the Repsol Honda Team at Mugello in decisive style, setting a new lap record on only the fifth lap of the race and consistently lapping faster than the existing lap record. The Spaniard was the only rider to lap in the 1m 49second bracket. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 28

Bridgestone MotoGP Preview – Round 2: Spain, Jerez

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Medium, Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium

The Spanish Grand Prix, held at the immensely popular Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Andalucia, marks the first European MotoGP race of the season and after a thrilling opener in Qatar three weeks ago, anticipation is high. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 02

MotoGP: Bridgestone ‘surprised’ by rider feedback

Bridgestone pleasantly surprised at positive feedback

From all riders regarding its new ‘single brand’ MotoGP tyres. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 29

MotoGP: Bridgestone – Good start to single tyre era

Rain on Tuesday at Valencia cuts short MotoGP testing

But dry Monday leaves Bridgestone ‘very satisfied’ with new single supply tyres. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 11

MotoGP: Rain at Indy?

Rain is forecast for this weekend’s inaugural Indianapolis Grand Prix

Unfortunately, MotoGP’s debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend could be a wet one, with showers (and possibly thunderstorms) currently predicted for all three days of the event. Read the rest of this entry »