Malaysian GP: Bridgestone qualifying report

Rossi sets scorching pace to break Sepang pole record Using the softer compound front and rear Bridgestone slicks, Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi set a blistering pace to secure pole position for tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix and set a new ...

Rossi sets scorching pace to break Sepang pole record

Using the softer compound front and rear Bridgestone slicks, Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi set a blistering pace to secure pole position for tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix and set a new outright pole position record at the Sepang circuit.

Rossi and third-placed Dani Pedrosa both used the softer front tyre to set their best lap whilst second-placed Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner in fourth and Loris Capirossi in fifth all favoured the harder front, indicating that both available compounds are working well at Sepang. The softer option rear was generally the faster choice during the session, although Stoner's fastest lap came on the harder rear slick tyre.

The pace set by the rest of the field on Bridgestone's slicks was equally hot, with the top eight riders all under the existing circuit lap record. With the high track temperature, which peaked at 57 degrees Celsius, even the softer of the available slick tyre options showed it has sufficient durability and grip.

The pace has been fast all day as even in the morning's practice session the top five riders lapped under the existing Sepang lap record.

Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department

"I didn't expect such fast times here today! I am very happy with the performance of our slick tyres because they enabled Valentino to beat the outright pole position record which he set in 2006 on qualifying tyres, and both compound options have shown very good performance and consistency despite the high track temperature. The condition of the track today is very good and the tarmac is maturing each year, and of course the pace of bike development by the teams is very high, and these are the reasons why the times are so fast.

"We saw some riders setting their best times on the softer slick tyre options and some doing so using the harder options and this demonstrates that both specifications are working well here and that their operating ranges are sufficiently wide that they are overlapping. In this instance tyre choice comes down to riding style and machine setup, so I think we will continue to see mixed tyre compound choices tomorrow which should make for an interesting comparison between warm-up performance and durability and make it another exciting race."

-credit: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Loris Capirossi , Valentino Rossi , Casey Stoner , Dani Pedrosa