Malaysian GP: Bridgestone race report

Stoner dominates in wet Sepang; Rossi crowned World Champion Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Front: Hard Rear: Hard After a weekend of scorching weather, Malaysia delivered a truly tropical rainstorm just before the scheduled start...

Stoner dominates in wet Sepang; Rossi crowned World Champion

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available:
Front: Hard
Rear: Hard

After a weekend of scorching weather, Malaysia delivered a truly tropical rainstorm just before the scheduled start of the MotoGP race, causing it to be delayed. As the downpour ceased, every rider started on Bridgestone's wet tyres. The track remained wet for the race distance, making it the only grand prix this season to be run in its entirety in wet conditions.

Casey Stoner delivered a dominating performance from fourth on the grid to take the lead on the first lap and never looked back. A masterful display saw the Ducati Team rider take his fourth win of the season and his 20th on Bridgestone tyres.

Valentino Rossi and Fiat Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo also set a very fast pace as they cut through the field making good use of their wet tyres in the slippery conditions. After closing on Dani Pedrosa in the latter stages of the race, Rossi finished on the final step of the podium to claim the 2009 World Championship title.

Hiroshi Yasukawa - Director, Bridgestone Corporation

"I'd like to congratulateCasey for his dominant win here today in Sepang in very demanding conditions, and I would also like to congratulate Valentino Rossi and the Fiat Yamaha Team as their third position finish here secures him his ninth World Championship and his second consecutive World title on Bridgestone tyres. The championship has been much closer this year than in past seasons, and I am very happy with the level of fairness of support we have been able to provide to all teams and riders as the Official Tyre Supplier. As we continue this support I am sure we will see many more exciting races, both in Valencia to end this season and throughout the next two years of our appointment as single tyre supplier."

Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department

"It is the first race of the season that has been run in wet conditions for the full distance, but even with the rain the temperature was still hot which is why we chose to bring the hard compound wet tyre here. I can say that these are special conditions because normally when we see rain the temperature is low. After the heavy rain the track started very wet, and did not dry so quickly despite the heat but the wet tyres showed good durability. Right from the start of the race Casey was very fast and I was surprised with his pace considering the conditions."

Casey Stoner - Ducati Team - Race Winner

"We've had no testing here in the wet as even with the usual afternoon thunderstorms it dries out so quickly normally. The early laps were very tentative and I didn't get a good start, but when I reached the lead I started to test the conditions. I didn't expect to pull the gap I did, but then I just decided to keep going for at least half race distance. By then the tyres had started moving around a little, but actually the tyres were in a lot better condition than I expected. We couldn't have asked for a better comeback with these two wins."

Valentino Rossi - Fiat Yamaha Team - 2009 World Champion

"This weekend I was so fast in the dry but right before the race it started to rain and we had to go on track with no wet setting. This is a great achievement for me, my ninth championship and seventh in MotoGP. I have to thank all the guys, Yamaha, the Fiat Yamaha team, Peter [Rossi's Bridgestone engineer] and all my friends and everyone who helped me to reach this achievement. We are the top and now we relax - the ninth championship is great!"

-credit: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Casey Stoner , Hiroshi Yasukawa , Dani Pedrosa
Teams Ducati Team