For Immediate Release 01 November 2006 Bridgestone e-reporter winner swaps 4 wheels for 2 Martin Westerhoff interviews riders Capirossi and De Puniet Bridgestone 1-2 at MotoGP season finale Bridgestone's overall winner of the 2006...
For Immediate Release 01 November
2006 Bridgestone e-reporter winner swaps 4 wheels for 2
Martin Westerhoff interviews riders Capirossi and De Puniet
Bridgestone 1-2 at MotoGP season finale
Bridgestone's overall winner of the 2006 e-reporter competition, Martin Westerhoff, from Bonn, Germany, swapped four wheels for two last weekend (28-29 October) to attend the final round of MotoGP in Valencia.
Earlier in the season, as a finalist in the Bridgestone e-reporter competition for aspiring sports journalists, Martin reported on GP2 - the successful feeder series to Formula One. Now, as the overall winner, Bridgestone aim to broaden his horizons in motorsport reporting.
Martin attended the Paris Motorshow last month, and Bridgestone wasted no time in ensuring his journalistic talents were once again put to the test, this time in Valencia, where Bridgestone rounded off its strongest season to date in MotoGP -- a championship in which they are official tyre supplier to Ducati, Suzuki and Kawasaki.
Bridgestone-shod Ducati riders Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi dominated the Valencia Grand Prix at Circuit Ricardo Tormo on Sunday taking a sensational 1-2 finish as the MotoGP 17-race season drew to a close, providing Ducati and Bridgestone with their best ever result.
Martin Westerhoff enjoyed a busy weekend, securing interviews, as a camera crew was hired exclusively to capture Martin's reports for Bridgestone. Filming content for a Bridgestone journal and obtaining material for written reports, Martin interviewed riders Capirossi and De Puniet, Kawasaki's Head of Communications Ian Wheeler, and Bridgestone Motorsport's Hiroshi Yamada (Manager Motorcycle Racing).
Martin said, "On Saturday, Ducati kindly arranged for me to interview Loris Capirossi who was fighting for third place in the championship. As the last race of the season Capirossi had a demanding schedule and it was great to get a time slot with him. We were then filming for an hour on race day inside the paddock, which gave me the opportunity to interview Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet in front of the camera. I managed to fulfil everything I wanted to do during our time with the film crew and really enjoyed the atmosphere in the MotoGP paddock. My trip to Valencia also gave me a unique insight into the similarities and differences of Bridgestone activities in Formula One and MotoGP."
Bridgestone e-reporter aims to develop the talent of young journalists and details of the 2007 competition will be announced shortly. Visit www.bridgestone.eu/e-reporter to find out more on Bridgestone e-reporter and to follow reports from Martin Westerhoff.