Catalunyan GP: Bridgestone qualifying report

Lorenzo lands fantastic third pole using hard Bridgestones Tyre compounds available: Front: Medium, Hard. Rear: Hard, Extra Hard (asymmetric) With a track temperature of 56 degrees Celsius, the hard compound front and the hard compound ...

Lorenzo lands fantastic third pole using hard Bridgestones

Tyre compounds available:
Front: Medium, Hard.
Rear: Hard, Extra Hard (asymmetric)

With a track temperature of 56 degrees Celsius, the hard compound front and the hard compound asymmetric rear Bridgestone slick tyres were the fastest combination for the hour-long qualifying session for the Catalunya Grand Prix.

The conditions were even hotter than for yesterday's free practice session, meaning that most riders started on Bridgestone's more durable harder compound slicks (the hard front and extra hard rear slicks) to get a feeling for race setup, but the fastest times came at the end of the session when all riders changed the rear to a hard compound slick, the softer option this weekend.

Catalunya is always a tough circuit for tyres, which is why Bridgestone brought such hard compound asymmetric rear tyres, but the track temperature this weekend is making it even more demanding.

The long right-handers and hard braking points exert huge loads on the Bridgestone slicks so rider style and preservation of tyres during the 25 lap race could play a significant part in determining tomorrow's result.

Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo secured his third pole position on Bridgestone tyres on his penultimate lap after a session-long battle with teammate Valentino Rossi. The Italian also used the hard compound front and hard compound asymmetric rear Bridgestone slicks to finish just 0.013 seconds adrift. Ducati Team's Casey Stoner lines up in third position to start tomorrow's race, making it the third race of the season that the championship top three all start from the front row of the grid.

Tohru Ubukata - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager, Motorcycle Race Tyre Development

"I am happy with the consistency of our tyres today even in these very, very hot conditions. Jorge did a long run at the start of qualifying and we can see that his 18 laps were all very fast and consistent.

"Normally air flow over the tyres cools the rubber, especially on the straights, so with the high ambient temperature here the cooling effect is less. The high temperature of the tarmac also transfers to the tyres, in addition to the temperature generated by cornering forces, so the result is a residually higher tyre temperature over the course of the lap.

"If a team can prepare their bike with a good balance, and the rider can use their tyres gently, then this willgive them a good race result tomorrow."

-credit: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Casey Stoner
Teams Ducati Team