British GP: Bridgestone qualifying report

Lorenzo seals Silverstone pole on Bridgestone's softer slicks Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo used a medium compound front Bridgestone slick and a medium rear to secure pole position for tomorrow's inaugural MotoGP event at Silverstone. The...

Lorenzo seals Silverstone pole on Bridgestone's softer slicks

Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo used a medium compound front Bridgestone slick and a medium rear to secure pole position for tomorrow's inaugural MotoGP event at Silverstone.

The ambient temperature was lower today than during Friday's free practice session, but the benefit to the riders of extra track time after a further two hours of running today meant that the pole time was 2.6seconds faster than yesterday's best, also set by Lorenzo.

The Spaniard's pole lap was set with an average speed of 172km/h, making the new Silverstone circuit the third fastest on the calendar, just behind Mugello and Phillip Island. This speed makes it tough for Bridgestone's tyres as corner speeds are generally high generating high lateral loads in the shoulders of the tyres and the long and fast straights mean high pressure and heat for their centre sections.

Randy de Puniet was second fastest for the LCR Honda MotoGP team, followed by Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa in third. Every rider on the grid favoured the softer option front slick, and all set their fastest laps on the softer option rear asymmetric slick tyre too.

Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department

"Today the softer option slicks were clearly favoured by riders with the low temperature. Ambient temperature can affect tyre warm-up performance, and the softer slicks are able to reach their optimum temperature faster in these conditions but some riders like Jorge, Dani and Andrea used the hard rear tyre for part of the session and performance was still acceptable. The conditions are cold here, but this is what we predicted for this grand prix when selecting tyre compounds.

"The track was cleaner today and the riders and teams are benefitting from more track time with every day and this is why the times are faster. Every rider favoured the softer option front tyre today, because it gives better warm-up performance in these cold conditions and there are no heavy braking points so a stiffer tyre is not necessary for increased stability. I expect the softer front to be favoured for tomorrow as weather conditions are forecast to be similar, but we have seen both the medium and hard rear compounds performing well so far this weekend so rear tyre choices for the race will be more mixed."

-source: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Randy de Puniet , Jorge Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa , Phillip Island