Italian GP: Bridgestone qualifying report

Penultimate lap gives Lorenzo his second pole on Bridgestone tyres Tyre compounds available: Front: Medium, Hard Rear: Medium, Hard Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo scored his second pole position in five races since the appointment of Bridgestone as...

Penultimate lap gives Lorenzo his second pole on Bridgestone tyres

Tyre compounds available:
Front: Medium, Hard
Rear: Medium, Hard

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo scored his second pole position in five races since the appointment of Bridgestone as the Official Tyre Supplier after a thrilling last-minute shootout between Fiat Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi, Ducati Team's Casey Stoner and Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi.

All riders set their fastest times using the hard compound front and medium compound rear Bridgestone slicks, with the exception of Scot Racing's Yuki Takahashi who used a hard compound rear and Pramac Racing's Niccolo Canepa who used the medium compound front slick tyre.

During the hour-long session the championship top three all held provisional pole position. Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi was the fourth rider to do so, the Italian delivering an excellent performance to finish third and secure his first front row start of the season, fittingly at his home grand prix.

In the fight to the flag, Rossi recorded his best time three laps from the end. Lorenzo's and Capirossi's best times came on their respective penultimate laps, and Stoner's came on his very last lap.

Whereas yesterday Lorenzo was the only rider to lap beneath the 1m50s mark, during qualifying the top seven riders all recorded laps quicker than the circuit's fastest race lap of 1m50.003s set by Stoner last year.

Since Friday's first free practice, Lorenzo, Rossi and Stoner have filled the top three slots. A strong performance from Monster Yamaha Tech3's Colin Edwards saw him third for much of qualifying, but it looked like the championship top three would fill the front row of the grid tomorrow until Capirossi's effort pushed fellow Italian Rossi into fourth. The top four were separated by just 0.16seconds.

Hiroshi Yamada - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager Motorcycle Sport Unit

"It was a very exciting qualifying session today, especially the four-way fight for pole. I'd like to congratulate Jorge for his performance, and of course to Loris and the Suzuki team. It is great to see them showing the same form as they did in pre-season tests and be on the front row here. I am also pleased to see Yuki score his first top ten qualifying position in MotoGP."

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

"We saw most riders using the medium compound rear Bridgestone in qualifying today, but if the temperature is the same for tomorrow's race I think we can expect to see most riders opting for hard front and hard rear Bridgestone slicks. All riders now have experience this weekend of the hard compound tyres, and I think they will perform better with a similar track temperature over a race distance. More so in free practice this morning we saw riders using both the hard and medium compound fronts and rears, so we can say the two specifications have a good performance overlap."

-credit: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Loris Capirossi , Valentino Rossi , Colin Edwards , Jorge Lorenzo , Niccolo Canepa , Casey Stoner , Yuki Takahashi
Teams Pramac Racing , Ducati Team