Bridgestone is today celebrating the perfect result in its home grand prix in Motegi with Ducati's Casey Stoner securing the world championship crown with a sixth placed finish in today's chaotic Japanese GP, while his team-mate Loris Capriossi...
Bridgestone is today celebrating the perfect result in its home grand prix in Motegi with Ducati's Casey Stoner securing the world championship crown with a sixth placed finish in today's chaotic Japanese GP, while his team-mate Loris Capriossi led a Bridgestone 1-2-3 with a sensational first victory of the season.
Bridgestone riders took all the podium places this afternoon, led by triumphant Capirossi, his third consecutive win in Motegi, and the fourth in a row at the track for a rider on Bridgestone tyres. Randy de Puniet crossed the line in second position to score the first podium of the season for Kawasaki, while Honda Gresini's Toni Elias took his second podium of the season on Bridgestone tyres with a superb third place.
A weather-affected race saw riders start the 24-lap on wet tyres but switch to slick-equipped machines at different intervals as the track started to partially dry. Bridgestone's wet weather tyres provided good early pace but as the track started to get drier, the wet tyre performance was affected, benefiting those who had pitted earlier for slicks. One of the biggest beneficiaries was Capirossi who used his advantage to the maximum on the way to a popular victory. Stoner's biggest championship rival, Valentino Rossi, was unable to finish higher than thirteenth, so Stoner's sixth place extended his points advantage to an unassailable 83 and deservedly earned the Bridgestone-shod Ducati rider the 2007 world championship.
For Bridgestone, it is the first MotoGP world championship title. Bridgestone has been in MotoGP since 2002, taking its first podium result in 2003 courtesy of Honda's Makoto Tamada. The debut win on Bridgestone tyres was one year later as Tamada took two victories in Rio and at Motegi. The following year, 2005, Capirossi and Ducati took two victories in Malaysia and Motegi, while in 2006 Capirossi took the top step of the podium three times on his way to third in the championship. Casey Stoner has scored 8 of the ten wins on Bridgestone tyres this season on his way to the 2007 title in just his first year with Ducati and on Bridgestone tyres. To date, riders on Bridgestone tyres have taken 18 victories, 51 podiums and 20 pole positions in 97 GPs.
Shoshi Arakawa - Bridgestone Corporation - Chairman of the Board, President and CEO
"Congratulations to Casey Stoner and the Ducati Corse team for their 2007 MotoGP championship triumph and to Loris Capirossi for a tremendous win today. His victory makes it four wins in a row on Bridgestone tyres at Motegi in our home grand prix. I am greatly honoured to see Casey win this championship in only our sixth season of competition and on our home soil. This is a truly unforgettable day for Bridgestone. Thank you to all our teams and riders for their continued hard work, to all the fans who have come to the Twin Ring Motegi and to motorsport fans around the world."
Hiroshi Yamada - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager, Motorcycle Sport Unit
"This is a truly amazing feeling and I really do not have the words to convey how I feel with today's result and with Casey and Ducati taking the riders' title in our home GP. It has not been the easiest of weekends, but I am so honoured that we could secure a 1-2-3 with Loris showing his true Motegi magic once again, as well as the results from Randy and Kawasaki and Toni and Honda Gresini. Well done to everyone for a great job in really tough conditions, also a special thanks to all Bridgestone staff who have worked tirelessly for this fantastic result. Casey has been a really special addition to the Bridgestone family this year and I would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to him for this well deserved championship, the first ever in motorcycle racing for a rider on Bridgestone tyres."
Casey Stoner - Ducati Corse - 2007 MotoGP World Champion
"There is really no better feeling than this. I didn't really expect to clinch the title this weekend. It would have been a dream to win the title at any of the remaining races but to do it here with three races remaining is unreal. There's a lot of people I have to thank - my parents who have always been there for me and supported me through my whole career, my wife, who has been there through this season and the past few, and everybody who has helped me along the way - my whole Ducati team and everyone at Bridgestone."