Japanese GP: Bridgestone Saturday notes

Tyre compounds used: Wet tyre (soft compound) It seems MotoGP is unable to escape the weather so far this season as the qualifying session in Motegi was cancelled after heavy rain left the Twin Ring Motegi circuit submerged in...

Tyre compounds used: Wet tyre (soft compound)

It seems MotoGP is unable to escape the weather so far this season as the qualifying session in Motegi was cancelled after heavy rain left the Twin Ring Motegi circuit submerged in places.

The rain hit in time for this morning's practice session, meaning that all riders used Bridgestone's wet tyres in their first competitive outing this season. Whilst it was wet for a time during the Qatar test in March, and it rained again during the official IRTA pre-season test in Jerez, today is the first time that all riders took to the track with a wet setup.

The Bridgestone wets performed well in the morning's session, but several hours of rain left the track submerged in places, resulting in the afternoon's qualifying session being cancelled for MotoGP, 250cc and 125cc classes. As a result, tomorrow's race will start based on the fastest times from both practice sessions, which means the order will be taken from yesterday's dry first practice.

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

"I am quite happy with our wet tyre performance today, as even in the cold conditions our soft compound wet tyre worked from the beginning to the end of the session. There was a reasonable amount of water standing on the circuit and it was also quite cold, at 11 degrees Celsius, so these were very tough conditions for the tyre.

"It is the first real wet test we have had this year, and before this we were basically only going from the Jerez test result. There was constant rain all through the session, but our wet tyre worked quite well so about this I am quite happy."

-credit: bridgestone

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