Stoner and Suzukis sweep Misano podium Bridgestone-shod riders claimed the top five places in this afternoon's San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix with Ducati's Casey Stoner continuing his outstanding run of MotoGP victories this season.
Stoner and Suzukis sweep Misano podium
Bridgestone-shod riders claimed the top five places in this afternoon's San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix with Ducati's Casey Stoner continuing his outstanding run of MotoGP victories this season. The championship-leading Australian now has an 85 point lead of the riders' classification after another faultless display.
Stoner now has eight wins to his name this season taking the total number of wins on Bridgestone tyres to nine in 13 races. This afternoon's Misano win is the first ever win on Bridgestone tyres on Italian soil after a consecutive run of three podiums with Loris Capirossi in Mugello 2005 and 2006 and Alex Barros at the same track back in June this year.
The other GP victor on Bridgestone tyres this season was today's second-placed man Chris Vermeulen who was joined on the podium by his Suzuki team-mate John Hopkins after another competitive showing from the Suzuki team. Today's Misano success brings Vermeulen's podium tally to four this year and Hopkins's total to three with both riders cementing their respective fourth and fifth places in the championship with an impressive 144 and 140 points respectively.
Honda Gresini's Marco Melandri came back from injury after a Saturday morning practice crash to finish fourth ahead of Ducati's Loris Capirossi who took fifth. A resurgent Toni Elias claimed an inspired seventh to give Honda Gresini two strong results in their home grand prix. Anthony West scored his sixth straight points finish in eighth place and Alex Hofmann had a points-scoring race return after his recent injuries with eleventh place.
Hiroshi Yasukawa - Bridgestone Corporation - Director of Motorsport
"Congratulations to the Ducati and Suzuki teams for tremendous results today. Casey Stoner performed exceptionally as we have recently become accustomed to with another great victory on our tyres. Chris Vermeulen and John Hopkins also had a brilliant race to take second and third places, the first time that Suzuki has scored a double podium on Bridgestone tyres. Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to all our teams for their efforts this weekend."
Tohru Ubukata - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager, Motorcycle Race Tyre Development
"I am quite happy with the performance of our tyres around this new-look Misano circuit this afternoon. This was the first occasion that we have run 28 consecutive laps on the same tyres at this track and I am pleased with the consistency of the tyres over the race distance. The end result is fantastic with five riders on our tyres in the top five, but unfortunately three riders on rival tyres had their races affected after issues in the opening laps, so we were not able to compare fully the performance of our tyres. However for our first ever MotoGP race in Misano, the performance was very satisfying indeed."
Casey Stoner - Ducati Corse - Race Winner and Championship Leader
"I got a good start and was away at the front but I had a lot of pressure from John and Chris for a lot of the race. It was just like the last few races actually and I had to make sure that I was not making any mistakes because I knew if I did then they would have been straight on me. I am reasonably happy with the lap times that we were setting and we were able to pull out a small advantage. Everything worked really well again this afternoon, the Ducati and the Bridgestone tyres, and we were able to keep our advantage to take the win. Over the last few races we have been building up an increasing chance of winning the championship but it is still not over. We will never give up and we will all keep pushing as hard as we can."