Australian GP: Bridgestone qualifying report

Bridgestone compounds available: Front: Wets - Soft Slicks - Soft, Medium Rear: Wets - Soft Slicks - Hard, Extra hard (asymmetric) After a morning of rain that saw both Bridgestone's slick and wet tyres used in the free practice session, ...

Bridgestone compounds available:

Front:
Wets - Soft
Slicks - Soft, Medium

Rear:
Wets - Soft
Slicks - Hard, Extra hard (asymmetric)

After a morning of rain that saw both Bridgestone's slick and wet tyres used in the free practice session, Ducati Team's Casey Stoner made the best use of his softer option front and rear Bridgestone slicks in the hour-long qualifying session to secure pole position for tomorrow's race by just 0.05seconds.

The session concluded with a shootout for pole between Stoner and Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, both of whom used Bridgestone's softer options. Rossi held pole with just six minutes to go, until the Ducati Team changed Stoner's rear Bridgestone slick and the Australian put in two fastest laps to end the session ahead, just under 0.3seconds shy of the circuit lap record.

In another close fight for position, on his penultimate lap Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa recovered from an earlier fall to edge ahead of Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo for third on the grid by just 0.001seconds.

The morning rainfall meant that the track temperature was quite cool and so every rider favoured the softer option slicks front and rear, although some completed laps on the harder variants to compare their performance before tomorrow's race.

The rain held off just long enough for the qualifying session to be run in the dry, but just minutes after the chequered flag it started falling again to demonstrate the unpredictability of the weather here just off Australia's southern coast.

Pramac Racing's Niccolo Canepa missed the session after sustaining an arm injury when he fell during yesterday's free practice session.

Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department

"The fair conditions during the qualifying session allowed some comparisons between the softer and harder option slicks, but the softer option fronts and rears were favoured because of the available grip. In the cool conditions, the extra hard compound rear did not have enough traction, so based on this I can say that if the weather tomorrow is similar the softer slicks will be the preferred choice for the race too. The rainfall during the free practice session meant that riders completed laps on our wet tyres, and I am happy with their performance."

-credit: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Niccolo Canepa , Dani Pedrosa
Teams Pramac Racing , Ducati Team