Bridgestone 1-2 as Stoner leads Rossi in Jerez official practice IRTA Test - Jerez - Official Practice Circuito de Jerez, Spain - Sunday 17 February 2008 Reigning MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner claimed the fastest time of this afternoon's...
Bridgestone 1-2 as Stoner leads Rossi in Jerez official practice
IRTA Test - Jerez - Official Practice
Circuito de Jerez, Spain - Sunday 17 February 2008
Reigning MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner claimed the fastest time of this afternoon's official practice session at the Circuito de Jerez leading a Bridgestone 1-2 on a damp track.
Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, in his first official MotoGP session since switching to Bridgestone tyres, and completing his first ever laps using Bridgestone wet weather tyres, set the second quickest time, 1.3s behind Stoner's Ducati.
Several other Bridgestone-shod riders frequented the upper reaches of the classification with Kawasaki's Anthony West in fourth, Honda Gresini's Shinya Nakano in sixth, Suzuki's Loris Capirossi in seventh and Alice Team's Sylvain Guintoli in ninth. The results enabled all six teams supported by Bridgestone to end this first official session of the 2008 season in the top ten.
Stoner's result makes him the first ever Bridgestone-shod rider to win the BMW car in the pre-season practice shoot-out. The now traditional qualifying-style session was also open to participating test riders with Ducati duo Vittoriano Guareschi and Niccolo Canepa, as well as Kawasaki's Olivier Jacque taking part this afternoon.
Hiroshi Yamada - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager Motorcycle Sport Unit
Was it nice to be back in true competitive action this afternoon?
"We may only be here in Jerez for a three-day test session but this afternoon's official practice really allowed us to get back that race weekend feeling in anticipation of the new season. We are very happy that Casey has taken the fastest time and pleased to see two Bridgestone-shod riders in the top two positions. It was certainly not an easy session for the riders with some very difficult track conditions. It was not dry enough to allow our riders to switch to slick tyres, so we relied on the performance of our wet weather tyres in these tricky damp conditions. Casey's time proved to be insurmountable and he really deserves his new car."
What about the performances of the other riders using Bridgestone tyres?
"Of our other riders,Valentino got up to speed very quickly with our wet tyres considering today has been his first time using them, so his performance was very strong. Anthony West was equally impressive in fourth on his Kawasaki, while Shinya Nakano is making a return to our tyres with Honda Gresini this season and proved he has lost none of his ability with sixth place. All our teams should be commended for their efforts this afternoon in difficult conditions in the middle of a busy three-day test session. We must remember that this is a test and we have a lot more preparatory work to carry out as Qatar draws ever closer."