Australian GP: Bridgestone race report

Ducati takes momentous 1-2 as Stoner storms the island The Bridgestone-shod Ducati Corse team took a spectacular 1-2 at Phillip Island this afternoon as 2007 MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner took his ninth won of the season at...

Ducati takes momentous 1-2 as Stoner storms the island

The Bridgestone-shod Ducati Corse team took a spectacular 1-2 at Phillip Island this afternoon as 2007 MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner took his ninth won of the season at his home grand prix ahead of team-mate Loris Capirossi who took his fourth podium of the year. Stoner's success today makes it the eleventh win by a rider on Bridgestone tyres this season and the first ever in MotoGP at the technically challenging Phillip Island circuit.

Pramac d'Antin's Alex Barros made it three Ducati bikes in the top five with a competitive fifth place ahead of Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet, and the Suzuki duo of John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen. Honda Gresini's Marco Melandri was the seventh Bridgestone-equipped rider to claim a top ten result.

Bridgestone's range of tyres performed well over the 28 lap event in spite of increased track temperatures after a weekend hit by cool and often wet conditions. All riders opted for a softer specification front tyre since the demands of the 4.428km track do not place the front tyre under too much stress, while riders were split between medium and hard specification rear tyres. Across the range, the performance was consistently competitive and the tyres coped well with the stresses placed on the left-hand side of the tyre, especially through the final left hander where tyre temperatures can reach in excess of 120 degrees Celsius for a prolonged period of time.

Hiroshi Yamaguchi - Bridgestone Corporation - Vice President and Officer, Motorsport

"I would like to congratulate the Ducati Corse team for an outstanding performance at Phillip Island this afternoon and on securing the teams' championship title. It was especially pleasing for us to see Ducati take a 1-2 result with Casey's excellent home victory and Loris's equally competitive second place. All of our teams were able to achieve top ten results today and we can celebrate the first ever Australian MotoGP win on Bridgestone tyres. Finally, I would like to send thanks to all of our five teams for their hard work this weekend in often difficult and changeable weather conditions."

Hirohide Hamashima - Bridgestone Corporation - Director of Motorsport Tyre Development

"I am very pleased with the performance of our tyres this weekend in a variety of track conditions. We have experienced cold, wind and rain this weekend, but today we could enjoy a dry, warm day and some competitive racing. All of our riders opted for the soft specification front tyre because the circuit characteristics allow us to run softer fronts, but there were some different rear tyre choices, with either medium or hard specifications being used. This was the first time that a rider on Bridgestone tyres wins in Phillip Island, one of the toughest tracks on the calendar for rear tyres, so I am very satisfied with the grip and performance of the tyres over the full race distance, especially with the increased track temperatures today."

Casey Stoner - Ducati Corse - Australian GP Winner and 2007 MotoGP World Champion

"After winning the championship in Motegi, one of our goals for the rest of the season was to win this GP because we have been trying for a lot of years. I always believed we had the speed to win this race. To come out in front of such an impressive crowd and to change history, it is just an unbelievable feeling. This season has been magical for us and to stand on top of the podium this afternoon, I have never felt anything like it. I got one of my best starts of the season, very clean and we knew we had the first corner to ourselves. This was my best victory so far and I have to thank all the Australian fans for coming down here to see us."

-credit: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Loris Capirossi , Alex Barros , Casey Stoner , Phillip Island