Tohru Ubukata - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager, Race Tyre Development
"We were able to get some valuable data from the new Indianapolis MotoGP track from the two-day test that wasorganised at the start of July. In accordance with the regulations, we could not test with regular GP riders, but we had some talented test riders who gave us good feedback from the track. Actually, it is like three tracks in one with the new MotoGP section from turns 1-4, the old Formula One course, and the traditional Indy course, including the main straight. Because of this, there are different types of asphalt over the lap from very smooth to abrasive, so our tyres will have to cope with all variations. The track is also quite demanding on the front tyre due to some very hard braking points. We have an extra 30 minutes of practice on Friday morning which will certainly be helpful for tyre evaluation and bike set-up purposes, but also for the riders to get up to speed with the new circuit."