Tohru Ubukata - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager, Race Tyre Development
"Laguna Seca is the shortest race track that we visit during the season at just 3.610km, marginally shorter thanSachsenring where we were last weekend. It is a challenging circuit for bikes, riders and tyre manufacturers, with thevery well known Corkscrew turn, which really puts the whole package to the test. Like Sachsenring there is adisproportion of left and right-hand corners and this asymmetrical layout over 32 tough laps offers us a nice challenge.The track was resurfaced before last year's event and the asphalt is quite slippery. The usually hot weatherconditions also play an important part and we have to keep durability as a focal point over the weekend. Finding theall-important compromise between performance, grip and life is always the tyre technician's target."