Stoner Not Worried About Rossi’s Bridgestone Switch
Bridgestone’s motorsport poster-boy for 2007, MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner, has told reporters he’s unconcerned about the threat rival Valentino Rossi may pose in the upcoming season following the Italian rider’s switch from Michelin to Bridgestone tyres. Speaking at an Italian ski resort, venue for the launch of a new Ducati cycle, Stoner commented: “Everyone is always asking me if we’re worried about it. We’re just worried about our own situation.
“I’m not afraid of the fact that Valentino is on Bridgestones,” stoner added. “We saw at the first test there was nothing in particular very special, but we will have to see as the season goes on.” Rossi finished the year two places behind his Australian counterpart, and his negative comments regarding the performance of his Michelin tyres were widely circulated in the media.
Stoner also took the opportunity to acknowledge Bridgestone’s contribution to his successful 2007 season. “I’m very happy with the way Bridgestone have worked,” he said. “They’ve given me a great opportunity, and I think they will continue to work in the same system this year.”