Italian GP: Bridgestone qualifying report

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Medium, Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa set his second pole position of the season at Mugello today using Bridgestone's hard front and improved-for-2010 medium rear slicks. His...

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Medium, Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa set his second pole position of the season at Mugello today using Bridgestone's hard front and improved-for-2010 medium rear slicks. His time was almost 0.2seconds faster than pole last year.

Pedrosa and fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo of the Fiat Yamaha Team were the only two riders to lap under the 1m 49second barrier in what was the fastest session of the weekend. The top seven riders all lapped faster than the existing lap record set by Casey Stoner in 2008.

All riders set their fastest laps towards the end of the session using the hard compound front slicks and the softer option rear slicks, which offer additional peak grip. As cloud cover increased, the temperature also fell throughout qualifying. With no qualifying tyres in the single-tyre era, all riders qualify on Bridgestone's race tyres. From today's performances, the hard front slicks are likely to be favoured for the race but riders' rear compound choices remain more mixed.

Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi will miss tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix after he suffered a fractured right tibia when he fell during the morning's free practice session.

Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department:

"As expected during qualifying we saw all riders set their fastest laps on the harder front tyre, for its improved stability especially in this heat, and the softer rear, for its extra edge grip. The track temperature during the qualifying session was hot though, so if the conditions for the race are the same, many riders will favour the harder rears for their improved consistency and durability, especially with Mugello's abrasive tarmac.

"Today we did also confirm the performance of the medium rear tyre however, and I think because of these results we will still see some riders choosing this option, especially if the conditions are just a little cooler for the race tomorrow. This morning during free practice, when the track temperature was ten degrees cooler, we saw riders use the medium compound rear tyres for long runs and wear rate was good so race durability will be adequate."

Weather: Dry. Ambient 31-29o.C; Track 48-44o.C ( Bridgestone measurement)

-source: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Casey Stoner , Dani Pedrosa